Guys, I am running out of titles for these posts. Someone help me think of something clever related to spinning! (I am not joking. If someone can come up with a good spinning related pun, leave it in the comments and I’ll use it as a post title.)
Some of you may think that since I have a wheel now, I don’t use my spindles anymore. If you assumed that, you assumed wrongly! I still use and love my spindles. In particular, I can’t use my wheel while watching shows on my laptop, so if I want to spin while I watch stuff, it’s gotta be a spindle. I have two types of spindles, one that’s just a normal learning spindle, about 2 ounces, from Ashland Bay. I use that for thicker stuff, or Navajo plying. (I still haven’t gotten the hang of Navajo plying on my wheel.) I also have quite a few lighter spindles from Tina’s Angoras on Etsy.
These spindles are very light, super cost effective, and pretty pretty pretty. I have three, and they are gorgeous. I will admit, I frequently match them to the project I’m working on because I’m crazy like that. (leave me my little quirks. they bring me joy.) They also spin quite fine, which is important to me. My favorite yarns to work with tend to be fingering/sport weight, and because I don’t normally spin more than four ounces at a time, I need to spin thinner to get enough yardage to actually make stuff. I love them!
So on to my current project. You have all heard me talk before about how I love Inglenook Fibers. (Inglenook Fibers is da bomb dot com. I’ll fight anyone who disagrees. Go look at those pretty fibers and tell me that you don’t love them. Also, Macrina, the girl who dyes them, is just a peach.) Well I saw this a few months ago, and I just had to have it. Look at those colors!!!!
It’s Polwarth and Silk in the Indian Corn colorway. Just stunning. Well, once I got it, I just kept it to pet for a little while. It’s soft like kittens and I adore it! But then I started to wonder what the heck I could actually use it for! I was seduced by the pretty colors and high contrast, but I wasn’t sure what it actually wanted to be. That is, until I saw the Princess Franklin Plaid Collar. It’s a garter stitch based plaid, which I think is very clever. Eureka! the pretty colors wanted to be plaid!! So I did this:
I split the braid up into its component colors, and started spinning each little battling on its own! (I don’t have a drum carder, I just pull the fiber into little bits and make a sandwich with the fibers facing the same way to blend the colors.) I’m tracking my yardage, and I will eventually do the math to decide how wide each stripe of the plaid will be. Probably with many gauge swatches, scribbled calculations, and the optional addition of unladylike language and tears 😛 But the end result will be worth it!! I love plaid, and I will really love plaid in these colors.
What do you guys think of my plan? Crazypants or awesome? Any advice on the best way to do this will be greatly appreciated.