UndyedYarnpire’s Fiber Opera

February 7, 2010

I can spindle.

Filed under: spin — Tags: , — UndyedYarnpire @ 1:04 pm

There have been some spinning experiments.

I wheel plied spindled oatmeal BFL singles with remainder (gray, white, tan) singles and some under-plied yarn I had stored on TP tubes on a shelf to get a mottled gray effect.  It turned out wonderful since I am looking for more elephant yarn.

Last night I also did my first spindle-ply yarn. It came out really nice.

I do not enjoy it like I enjoy wheel spinning. There are some ergonomics issues that irritate me. Like there is no good place to grab the spindle to add spin once the stick is full of yarn (top whorl spindle). Also it is hard to unwind a spindle onto storage bobbins for plying. There needs to be a snap-on collar near the whorl and one for the other end and the whole thing should be sold with a rack like fancy wine rack inserts to function as a lazy kate for the spindle. My fancy spindle spins wonderfully and these issues do not dampen my adoration, but it is hard to imagine a time when all cloth was woven with spindled yarns.

I think I would like to have a bottom whorl spindle with a hook. (The whole half-hitch knot business seems stupid.) But I keep imagining it as having a huge open space so it would be easy to get my hand in to flick it into spinning. Obviously there would be the same problems once it had yarn on it but my imagination is stuck in its own reality.

There are some yarns I have not shared pictures of. I am really thrilled with the “Calico Cat” yarn, and have been browsing for plush animal patterns because that is what I want to make from it.

The mottled green yarn that looks like the very beginnings of fall colors looks to be wanting to be a lace triangle. I am hoping it will be large enough to go over the head so I can call it after something from Robin Hood.

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Things did not end well with my volunteer knitting teacher gig. For once it was not ill-handled on my part, and I felt like a grown-up when I kept my even keel and quietly realized I would never have said that.

There are several positives about this. I will have more time and less fiber-related frustration. I was not the person leaving someone in the lurch so I burned no bridges. And my perspectives about knitting were refreshed if not expanded.

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I am still wavering on attending Stitches. I feel obligated since it is so close and so many people cannot go due to distance. But I am also thinking that I bought almost nothing last year, and I still have fiber from 2008’s Stitches West that I have not spun (I was saving it until I got better enough to be worthy.) I would like a companion with whom to attend. I can drive and I do not need you to kick in for gas money. I am really terrible at buying stuff, so if you are concerned about going because you might spend too much money we would balance each other. The email address at the side (if you are not reading this via feed) is valid, or send a Rav PM. I am in Oakland and would prefer to go on Friday but would make an exception.

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1 Comment

  1. I’m pretty sure that I’m not going again this year—still haven’t been. Though my stash is fairly small, it’s big enough that I shouldn’t add to it. (Also, if I went, I’d need not to miss work on Friday.)

    Comment by Sharon — February 7, 2010 @ 9:53 pm


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