Sunday, 12 July 2009

And the foot is treadlin

I have seriously started to doubt if I'd ever find the time to blog again. Time just shoots along and I end up holding onto its tail struggling to keep up. But, it has been loads of fun in the Cave, just busy doing things.

This last week though, I haven't really been knitting or sewing. No, indeed I have been spinning. Spinning on my lovely little wheel and spinning on my drop spindle.

The reason for all this spinning is because I joined Tour de Fleece, which runs alongside the Tour. It is such good discipline to spin every day (except for a rest day).

Firstly, I spun some singles from a batt of herdwick x jacob.

These little babies are slightly over-plyed so I plan to remove some of the twist. I shall then ply them both together with a fine single made of silk. I have never spun silk before so I am looking forward to that.

Then, I finally bit the bullet and navajo plyed the lovely merino/bamboo single I purchased from Krafty Koala.
This is only the second time I have n-plyed and I really enjoyed it. I also managed to not over ply so the yarn still feels soft. It is 90g and the colourway is Citrus. It reminds me of sunrise.

Then I dashed off a quick 100g 2ply yarn spinning roving from Babylonglegs.
My good friend, Elizabeth, purchased this on my behalf when she went to Ravelry day.

It has turned into the softest and most balanced yarn I have spun so far. Thanks, Elizabeth.

I am currently working on two new projects. The first has involved me changing my wheel to a Scotch Tension wheel so I can spin lace. My first attempt is with BFL in Lime Shot from Flutterby Creations. This will probably end up as a heavy lace weight but I don't care. I love how it is spinning and that I am spinning so finely.

And last, but definitely not least, is my lunchtime fun.

I have been a busy little spider in my cave and hope to have lots more to share with you soon.


jessiepoll said...

Wowzer, Helen! These look great!! :0)

A friend's kiddies came over last weekend and mananged to break the break AND drive bands of mine :-S


Anonymous said...

Woah! What fantastic spinning! Well done you x