Sunday, June 17, 2012

Mindless Spinning

Before I begin, let me preface this by saying that I'm battling a sinus infection and the medication I'm taking is making me a little spacey, so please forgive me if something I write today doesn't quite make sense.

For the past week and a half, I've mostly been spending my crafty time knitting (working on the test knit sweater, which now has a complete body and a sleeve and a half), but I've also put in a little time on the spinning project that's been on my wheel for way too long. A couple of months ago, one of my friends in my knitting group asked if I would mind spinning some fiber for her as a favor. The next time I saw her, she presented me with a 15 oz. bag of "natural wool roving" (or so the label said). I decided to take the quick-and-dirty approach to spinning it, basically just throwing it on the wheel to get what I could get. I finished spinning the last of the singles early last week and started plying on Thursday, I think. I've gotten in about two hours on it since then, and here's what I have so far:


Keep in mind that this bobbin holds probably 9-10 oz., so you can get an idea of how easy and fast this stuff is to ply up. This may seem like a lot of yarn, but here's what I still have left on the two bobbins holding the singles:


Looks like I will get at least two, maybe three, decently sized skeins of yarn out of all these singles. I am very interested to see how they will wash up, especially considering that the fiber was turning my drafting fingers black as I spun. I have no idea why, but whatever that was is bound to come out in the wash.

I'm sorry for the unintended radio silence on the blog this past week -- the Mister's been traveling for work and I've not been feeling well, so it was the kind of week where, once Rainbow was asleep, it was all I could do to turn on the TV and knit some stockinette in the round. The sweater has made good progress as a result, so expect to see some more of it in the week ahead!

1 comment:

Stripeyspots said...

It's beautiful yarn. She's very, very lucky! And I sympathize with the sinus infection. Do you know that hot liquids do kill viruses and of all hot liquids there is evidence that chicken soup does work best?
I'm quoting here, "Eat well, rest well, get well!"