Saturday, October 27, 2007
You may think I have forgotten about knitting since it seems that all I've been blogging about lately has been spinning related. But I assure you, I haven't forgotten. In fact, I've been knitting up a storm. Most of the storm is secret, and therefore cannot be blogged until after the Christmas holidays. But I've finished all save one Christmas gift, I simply have to weave in the ends, block them and put them in a box. They turned out really nice, if I may say so myself.
My next post will most likely be all knitting, because I can only go so long without talking extensively about knitting. I think you will be impressed with how the Kauni is coming along, even with having to re-knit at least one button band.
The great thing about spinning is that when you spin, you make yarn which can be knit into things. For example, I spun some sock-like yarn out of some wool I picked up from the Cowichan Fleece and Fibre Fair.
It's pretty two ply spun woolen style. Because I spun woolen style (where the twist enters the fiber cloud) I didn't have as much control as I would spinning worsted style (inch-worm style) so it ended up being thicker than I had hoped. I think next time I spin woolen style, I won't bother to ply the yarn - that way I can have thinner yarn.
It's not very consistent either, but I made this yarn. And darn it all, I'm going to knit some warm socks out of it.
Speaking about sock yarn, I received my roving from Knitted to a T (Knits Galore). (See exception 2 of my no-yarn-for-me.) First off, I just want to say that the roving itself is gorgeous! Such an amazing colour combination, and being super-wash merino, it spins up like a dream - far easier than any fibre I've spun before! Check out her blog and her Etsy shop (links above), make certain you visit both as she doesn't always have the same things at both locations.
Now, this where I rant about the postal system: How exactly does "hand dyed roving" mean "illegal drugs"? I admit, I know virtually nothing about drugs or other illegal substances, so it could possibly be a euphemism for illegal substances. I am also glad that there are people out there keeping us safe from what ever evils travel by mail, but (and this is a BUT with a capital B), slicing a large cut through the package and almost halfway through it than badly taping it up again is rather annoying. It feels invasive at the least. One would think that when they determined that there was nothing wrong with my parcel they would have put one of those preprinted notes that talk about how they just want to keep the country safe from bad mail instead of just slapping some tape on it and sending it on its way. Lucky there was no serious damage to the fibre and I suppose all is well that ends well.