SPINNING! I know, I'm shocked, too. About a week ago, I received a wonderful swap package from Maggie. She sells all kinds of fibery goodness in her online and Etsy shops, and she sent me beautiful sock yarn, some fabulous handspun perfect for knitting a hat, a big batt of green/blue, and a small batt that is purple/sparkly. Even though I'm not usually one for the glitz, I knew I wanted to spin that first, it was so pretty. In the meantime, I stopped by Spinning Guild on Sunday and while talking to friends, spotted a basket full of the most unusual spindles. Now, as Hockeymom will tell you, I have LOTS of spindles, all of which have sat unused for quite some time. While I know the basics of spindling, it never really "clicked" with me. Nevertheless, after taking one of the curious little spindles for a test drive, I had to have it. Later that afternoon, while sitting and knitting with other friends, I pulled out the spindle, the sparkly roving, and started. And could not stop! See.
Sorry the colors are a little weird - it's hard to photograph purple and I did the best I could with photoshop to come close to the correct color. (One of these days, I'm going to get a light box for just that reason.) The spindle is very light, and I'm able to produce a very thin, very even yarn. The batt is four ounces, which should be plenty for a lacy something using the single.
The spindle is actually called a "Trindle," and you can see more of them (and maybe get your very own) right here. Be careful though, you might not be able tstop spinning, either!
There has, of course, also been knitting. Girasole is yet to be blocked, but I managed to finish two other things this week.
- Crusoe socks. The pattern works really well with this yarn. (The pattern is called Crusoe because the stitches are "stranded." Yikes!)
- Knitting Notions Classic Merino Supersock. This yarn is very nice to knit with - soft and not splitty, and the color is wonderful.
The one thing I can say about this project is that I used the softest yarn ever! A blend of cashmere and silk, it was (if this is possible) almost too soft to knit. Seriously. Oh, and the pattern is Fishtail Lace.
I leave you now to go back to my spinning. I'm having so much fun with this, it's a good thing I have plenty of fiber stash!