Friday, May 08, 2009

back to basics

Learning to use my spindle
after owning this spindle for many years now (before both of my wheels), i finally decided to get it out and learn how to use it. unfortunately i don't have a lot of practice-worthy fiber around, so i'm using this horrible rambouillet that i bought during my trip home. i'm starting to think it was really meant for needle felting, because the staple length is less than .5". i'm having an easier time spinning it with the spindle than i was with my wheel, but there's a lot of dropping the spindle and cursing going on. all part of the learning process, i've heard. i'm aiming for a 2ply worsted weight. eventually i'd like to get a lightweight spindle for spinning laceweight. i don't enjoy spinning laceweight yarn on my wheel. i'm not sure why i think that a spindle might be better, but right now i'm willing to try it.
Pomatomus
i set pomatomus aside to finish a sweater, but now i can get back to it. i'm knitting this pair for the May Sock Innovation KAL. these will be a wedding gift for spicy's sister. i'm using my valley yarns franklin kettle dyed in aubergine. the yarn is a little hairier and scratchier than i'm used to. i'll wait to pass judgment until the pair is done and washed but i'm not super thrilled with the yarn at the moment.

3 comments:

  1. I love that sock pattern, but the stitch count is too high. One of these days, I need to sit and mod it down!

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  2. Ugh. That rambouillet. Ugh. I tried it on my spindle too if I'm not mistaken. It sucked there as well.

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  3. the socks look lovely! i love pomatomus... so simple but so pretty.

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