spin control

the mock orange bush is just beginning to bloom; i’ve been watching the buds for several days and finally, this morning, they were open. this is one of my favorite flowering shrubs—it gives off a heavenly scent i remember from childhood—we had a large one in the front yard at home.

ours has forced itself out of a tiny crevice between the huge oak tree and the back fence—it was just a slip of a thing when we moved in and now it is quite big with hundreds of blossoms each year. which i am highly allergic too, but i don’t care . . .

today we were back to our usual spinning class here and linda was finally well enough to attend, so we spent the whole time catching her up on the fiber show last weekend and the month’s news (she had pneumonia this month and couldn’t come to most of the classes). and well, spinning class just hasn’t been the same . . .

she’s working through a small bundle of briar rose BFL in a blend of grays with some plum and old rose mixed in. it’s going to be a 3-ply so she’s spinning fine and taking her time.

barb is also spinning some 3-ply from the same fiber for a sweater project, and brought some finished yarn with her but all my photos came out blurry and awful, so i’ll have to show that next time.

susan is spinning some merino top in a pretty pink/gray/brown mix

and i’m afraid i don’t know where she got this from, but maybe she’ll tell us in comments. anne marie is still working through a huge batch of dark brown coopworth, which she is spinning 2-ply for a sweater project.

we have been meeting in this class for a year now (already!), and i’m so impressed with everyone’s spinning. not just that they are making beautiful yarns and have gained such control over their tools and techniques, but that each one has knit with the yarn she made and has aspirations to knit ever-larger and more ambitious projects with handspun.

yesterday i was poking around in my disaster area construction site “workroom” for something (it’s so hard to move in there right now, much less find anything) when i noticed the alpaca i plied two weeks ago still sitting on the bobbins in the lazy kate. i put it there “for a few days” to set the twist and forgot about it.

so i skeined the yarn up and put it on to soak while i wrote yesterday’s post, then hung it in the breeze on the porch

today it is nearly dry, so i brought it in for class show ‘n’ tell. this is a yarn that i truly thought i did not spin as well i could; i wasn’t patient enough to spin as fine as i thought it deserved, and i wasn’t all that careful about being consistent

then, to make matters worse, i was sure i’d overplied it. but i soaked it anyway and when it came out of the bath it looked like it was hanging straight enough.

but it forgave me and now it’s a lovely, soft fingering weight yarn with a beautiful sheen and a bouncy hand. i like it. it’s a great example of how really REALLY nice fiber can help me make better yarn than i deserve am even aiming for. i’ll probably get more of this fiber some time and spin it the way it deserves to be spun—it’s the least i can do . . .

ok, that’s really all i have today—just a quick stop-off to update you on sunday spinning. it’s another gorgeous day out there so i think i’ll get outside.

i’ll leave you will a picture of the painted begonias, which wintered over indoors. we put them outside earlier this week and the new leaves are quickly unspooling into large wings splashed with color, a fitting image i think.

14 Responses to “spin control”

  1. Vickie says:

    We just returned from an inspection of the house we are buying. I know so many of the garden plants because of your blog! You are such a multi-faceted expert!

  2. Yarndude says:

    Your alpaca yarn looks absolutely gorgeous! I don’t think you can get any more perfect than that.

  3. ruth says:

    I need to dye the yarn like the begonia. What gorgeous color combinations!

  4. Hattie says:

    Love the squooshy yarn!

  5. Jocelyn says:

    The spinning looks gorgeous, and I love that yarn you made! You’re inspiring me to sit down at my wheel… :)

  6. Debbie says:

    The yarn is lovely. I really wish I hadn’t sold my wheel. Dumb. I love those begonias. We just recently moved, and I have some shade, now. I think I just hunt-up one of those!

  7. Oh, the mock orange…it always smells like watermelon, I think.

  8. Madeline says:

    The colors in Linda’s yarn are exquisite! And your alpaca is so professionally done. Kudos to you both.

  9. Becky says:

    Ahhh…I have missed the Sunday spinning post. It is my favorite kind of post!! I already told you on Ravelry how much I love your spinning post and how much I would love to be with all of you. I know the whole group has had so much fun and I know I could learn so much from you all. It’s that darn 6 1/2 hour drive one way that is holding me back!! Thank you for sharing, it makes my day! BeanGirl

  10. Riin says:

    Whoa! Those painted begonias are sexy!

  11. Michele In Maine says:

    Your newly spun alpaca is so beautiful!

  12. Ronni says:

    All the spinning is gorgeous. I do love that alpaca though. And I really like the painted begonias. I might have to look into that…

  13. Mylyne says:

    Your mock orange bush leaves look so much like those of the gardenia’s. The white buds on the other hand resemble that of the jasmine’s, which my sons are very allergic to. Sorry for the delay response.

  14. Teyani says:

    heh heh…. and you thought you hadn’t been patient enough with that fiber?? oh my – your spinning is divine.
    hmmm… Mock orange… I remember those ! Maybe I should buy one for the front yard, since I’d love a fast grower. Their smell just heavenly. Sorry you’re allergic!