Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Accumulations & Accomplishments

My February Lady Sweater is coming along! The sleeve stitches are held on waste yarn, and I have started in on the gull lace stitch for the body... relatively smooth sailing (although I did have to undo a row this morning).

I've also spun a Pygora / silk blend from Peppermint Pastures Pygora. It is 1 oz of 70% pygora / 30% silk. It is soft, and Gorgeous.

I experimented with the long draw method for spinning the singles, letting the twist enter the fiber and then pulling the fiber mass back further. I think it basically worked; the yarn is very soft.

I wound a center-pull ball on my ball winder, and then spun from both ends of the ball to make a 2 ply yarn.

I think it will end up as a cowl or something - small, warm, and snuggly!

Finally, I got off my tuchus and combed out a merino lamb fleece sample my friend Kim sent to me. I think combing was the way to go with this fiber. I definitely had some waste, but the prepared fiber - I hand pulled roving off the combs - is a joy to spin. Crimpy, soft, and lively!

1 comment:

Piggilicious said...

I got that first book too! For some reason, it didn't occur to me that it was first published in the fifties. So when I was reading it, I was a bit surprised by how outdated the tone was in the book. But! Mystery solved and I no longer have to feel like my life evolves around the kitchen and needleworks.

Hehe! I really like the curtains and the place mats in that book.