Thursday, January 29, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Skein 1 (daylight ply): 112 yards, 2 5/8 oz, Lendrum Wooleewinder
Skein 2 (night ply): 270 yds, 6 1/2 oz, Moswolt Hammer ply.
All singles on Lendrum, both bobbins packed to the hilt when plied. Falkland from Portfiber on etsy. Also tried something new for me, a thick/thin bulky. The Hammer only has 1 ratio: very low, so the plying took hours and I was surprised not to have a sore foot the next day. The yarn looked bubbly, like a thread ply. After washing it is the same as the Lendrum yarn. The last picture is the most color accurate.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
This is the weirdest yarn I've ever made or touched. Not saying there isn't a similar commercial one, just never seen it. Thought I was severely overspinning the singles but went ahead cause otherwise they drifted apart. Plied as usual. Washed as usual. Running it through my fingers, it's totally smooth, like extruded foam, but extremely soft. Can't feel any of the 3 plies if that makes sense. Even where it is thick and thin. It's not felted cause I can untwist it and the plies look like they were VERY low twist. My gut is that there will never be a pill on it. The only explanation I can think of is that the merino must have had enormous crimp. Previously sampled this fiber in 2 ply and made a small ugly swatch. That wasn't foamlike.
This also ranks in my 4 ugliest yarns. That's why I used this fiber to experiment with the new wheel. Then came up with a plan. Use them all for hats because when the skateboarder loses them I won't be so sad. Actually, the other 3 are so bad he probably won't wear them. I'm going to try to keep this one for myself this week cause we are chilly. But better than many further north. And the furnace is still working, the pipes haven't burst.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
This being the mittens on the recipient. Unprompted . Her mother said she immediately posed. This is also a big step for me as this picture was in my email and is now here. Not lined up, but here.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Didn't make these just because of being a lemming for the popular projects. They're for the girl who lent me the books. Tried to match the color to the movie still but I haven't seen the actual movie so this may be way off. This was a perfectly written pattern. I got perfect gauge with Encore Chunky and size 7 dpn's. Not totally thrilled with the feel of the yarn but it's probably more practical for kid mittens than pure wool. Also the LYS didn't have much in the way of chunky weight yarn. The only chunky handspun I had was tan or multicolor. It's too bad someone was too cheap to buy a whole pound of candy cause these won't fit in the FudgieWudgie box.