So I feel like my blogging mojo has been on vacation. I don’t know why! The knitting mojo has been quite seriously present, but not so much with the blogging. I’ve actually got an ENORMOUS backlog of great things to show you, so I should probably get on that, huh? Well, first things first, some spinning!!
This is actually my first spinning project where I tried to get something besides enormous bulky uneven yarn. (which does have its charm, but has limited usefulness.) I was going for a fingering to sport weight yarn, Navajo plied so the colors wouldn’t get muddy. I came close, but this is more like a DK/light worsted weight for the most part. However, it is smooshy and soft, and about 250 yards in total so that’s pretty good! It’s not perfectly even, but it is a huge improvement over my previous efforts.
The lady who taught me to spin gave me some very good advice. She told me that for my first attempt to Navajo ply, I should use something that I wasn’t desperately in love with, because it might not turn out well. Even though this came out quite nicely, I think her assessment was right. Using something that I liked but didn’t love desperately made it waaaaay less stressful while I was learning.
The fiber is merino from Fashion Touch Supplies on Etsy. The braid was a little compacted when I got it, but I was able to persuade it apart without too much difficulty. As much as the short staple occasionally drives me nuts, I do love merino. It’s so squishy!
I am pretty happy with this. I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of brown, and I thought that the brown bits were actually grey when I purchased this. I don’t think that this is going to be for me though, so that’s fine! I’m actually considering a baby surprise jacket, since that seems like a brilliant use for handspun. ( Look at this one, and this one, and this one!) That’s definitely a back burner sort of project though, because I don’t have any impending babies to worry about. So yeah! Spinning! I still do that 😛