Spinning and reading

This is the result of the Caribbean fibre I bought from Freyalyn’s Etsy shop :-)

It’s two-ply, about 324m and about 200g. Unfortunately (for me), I chose this to make for Katie, who gave me my wheel – I checked that she knits when she gave me it, and promised to spin her something. It’s lovely and I wish I was keeping it, so I hope she likes it! Haven’t yet figured out how to deliver it, since I don’t want to do it in person.

The first two skeins (one and three in the picture) are more blended and less candy-striped than the second two, which is noticeable to me, but I don’t think it’s too bad, and it taught me some things about how to treat colour, which I’m considering with my current spinning project, which is the Wisteria colourway from the same dyer. 

In other spinning news, my Amazon package finally arrived yesterday, with two new spinning books in it. Hands On Spinning is more basic than I was hoping – large chunks of it deal with things I’ve more-or-less taught myself already – but does feature useful discussion of drafting methods, one of which – long draw – I’ve put into practice with the Wisteria.

Talking of the Wisteria, here it is, fibre and two bobbins of singles. It’s lovely :-) When I’ve spun the remaining fibre, I’ll three-ply it and probably make socks – it’ll be a bit thicker than fingering, I think, but I’m hoping it will work for around-the-house socks anyway. Of course, I reserve the right to see the finished yarn and completely change my mind and do something else with it, or just keep it around to stroke.

Depending on how this lot (which is 100g, half my supply of this fibre) works out, I might navajo-ply the other lot. I’m not especially keen on stripes in general, but I’m interested in the technique, and I’m interested in comparing what the two different yarns from the same fibre look like. I might even knit them in the same thing as an interesting experiment in colour. This thought, and indeed much of how I’m thinking about the colours in this fibre, is influenced by the Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook, which I’ve been flipping through. I haven’t read all of it yet, and I think it’s going to be mostly inspirational rather than instructional, but it’s got me thinking about things to do with colour. And it’s very pretty indeed – lots of good photos. It hasn’t toppled the crown of New Pathways as my favourite sock book, but I’m glad to have it.

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