Saturday, March 17, 2007

Got a little time...or how to stretch a project...

I have finally started spinning fiber purchased specifically for socks, with plans to spin, ply, knit The Adored One socks. Although the colours so far are more mine than his, hmmmn. : ) This of course, takes much longer than simply purchasing sock yarn and knitting away. It even takes longer than purchasing yarn, dyeing it, and knitting. Sigh. The things we do to save money. : )

Wheel: Krominski Sonata on the 2nd ratio
Fiber: Superwash wool and Tencel from The Spinning Bunny
in Anshan's Biscotti currently making singles at 32 wpi. 4 oz Because I am still really new at spinning I split the roving into 6 foot long sections, split those again 6 to 8 times, and am spinning it in the American Longdraw Sliding Supported. I wanted to practise my double draft ala Mabel Ross
(it looks so magical) but this is not the fiber for it. At least not once I've split the roving down. I did the roving splitting because of the colours and how I wanted them to work up.

For a fab article on the drafting techniques check out the November 13, 2006 post of the Spinning Spider (Jenny in Vermont). I learned so much from this post. And continue to learn from her blog.

Chair: Folding dark coloured wooden chair with black pleather seat purchased from T----t. It works well for me because the seat is rather shallow which allows me to lean against the back and not have the seat front cut into my legs when I treadle. $19.95. I did take a plain old bed pillow in a plain pillowcase and slid the pillow case over the back support to hold the pillow in place for just the right amount of cushion. The seat is about 16.5/17" from the ground. That one inch less height made a big difference in my comfort. Very affordable, portable, and working well so far.

Any one going to Maryland Sheep and Wool? See ya' there! (I'll be the one with the desperate to escape look, I loathe crowds).


Jennifer said...

Oh, I hate crowds too. At Stitches West, I had to escape to a quiet space to get away from the crushing crowd.

Anonymous said...

I've been wanting to try spinning for socks too. ARe you planning on plying? 2ply? 3ply? Can't wait to see how it comes out. And soy sauce on eggs??? LOL