will this make it up to you? it’s the first lily bloom of the year, and i opened this morning.
sorry for such a quiet week. actually, i can’t believe four days has gone by. ach, whaddaya gonna do?
i’ve had hardly any time to knit this week either; it’s been dry here and everyone is talking about watering . . . i know i’ve been getting up extra-early each day to do mine.
i think i’m tired.
i finished the golf sock but i don’t have a picture—david said he would model it tomorrow for me.
i’ve been working away on the bee shawl late at night and i finally picked a finish for the bottom edge, but i haven’t started that last part yet, so no pix of that either.
last night we had a little rain so this morning i did not have to water. but since i was up early i did something i’ve been meaning to get to for a while. i’ve had some samples sitting here from the spinning class i took at wooster over memorial day weekend that needed plying and washing.
it gave me a chance to use this skein winder that i picked up used from another blogger recently
how did i ever live without this thing?? it makes such nice skeins AND it counts the yardage as i wind them. this is a far cry from what i had been doing—i was using my yarn swift mounted sideways on the leg of my work table. it was a pretty good system, but i always worried that it would break some day (i tend to crank really fast, and it’s not really made for that).
i never got used to using a niddy-noddy for skeining—it’s so awkward and i’m just a klutz with it. plus, i usually have several (or more) very full bobbins to skein at once, so it is also inefficient for me.
but the skein winder—wow.
anyway, the plying. he-he. i don’t usually wait long to ply yarn—i like to ply it while the active twist is fresh. and these samples were sitting around for a while, slowly losing their twist. ugh—i was afraid.
i set to work trying to ply the singles so that the fibers ended up straight. only i couldn’t SEE the fibers that well; the yarn was fine and white, and let’s face it, my eyes are aging (oh boo-hoo!). i knew this would result in seemingly overplied yarn, so i went with my gut and overplied to the extent i thought necessary.
you can see here that they are twisting severely to the left, which means they have too much plied twist. the sample on the left is my worsted sample, which i couldn’t get to take as much twist as i wanted. it’s hanging straight—which already tells me it’s not plied enough.
the point here is that after a good long soaking, and a spinout in the washer, they will regain their active twist and hopefully be balanced.
i also had one full bobbin that i spun up just the other night in a class i was teaching. that was fresh, and i just plied it normally.
here are all the skeins after washing
as you can see, i achieved mixed success. the fat skein in the middle was the fresh one that i did not have to fiddle with, and it looks great. the others are all now twisting severely to the right, which means they are actually underdone.
so my guess was right, but i did not compensate nearly enough in my plying work. i can run them through the wheel again when they are dry, to learn some more. what really jumps out at me though is how much twist i was putting into the samples in class. i’m not usually so . . . intense in my spinning.
in my default style, these would not have nearly so much twist (the one on the far right is an example; i spun that while the teacher was talking for the first couple of hours).
but because i was “trying” with the others (the two on the left), i overworked them a bit. especially that worsted sample—my gawd.
i don’t generally spin worsted—i’m not fond of the technique and the yarn is generally too dense and heavy for what i want to knit. i love long draw—i love to stretch out the draft really long and watch the fibers get sucked in. sometimes i modify it a bit, or used worsted-prepared fiber with the long draw, but i rarely stray from this method to do short draw. too small and crampy for me i guess . . .
the update on claudia’s ride is that she is surely going to make her new goal, and it’ all because of YOU. thank you to everyone who has contributed and continues to do so, either with dollars or with any number of supportive actions fighting MS (don’t forget the collective karma effort . . .). our reader total as of now is over $7300—wow. that is over 15 times what we raised last year .. .
i need to make one small amendment to the rules of the drawing. i suddenly realized that having it end on sunday, the 24th would mean that i would somehow have to coordinate the fulfillment of the prize awards on monday, which is a real no-go with such an extensive prize list. so i am making the cutoff date saturday the 23rd. this will enable me to notify winners and pack boxes that day, instead of during the week.
well, that’s really all i have today; i promise tomorrow will be better . . . it’s friday after all!
i can show you what teyani sent me though, as a good closer (you should go see her morning glory, it’s beautiful!)
some gorgeous alpaca/merino yarn to design new socks with, and some laceweight yarn to fool around with, too. both are things she sells at her store crown mountain farms, and there are new colors.
this sock yarn is incredible. just what i’ll need for those chilly winter floors.