I have been spinning this week and truly have been enjoying it more than ever. I finished one bobbin of my Bounty Hunters Picnic rolags last week and started the second set of rolags yesterday. I love the colors and I’m trying to decide if I want to ply the finished bobbins together or chain ply them separately. I find it interesting how the colors changed after I separated them for creating my rolags. You can read more about that here.
I also finished spinning my Shetland for the February Breed Study and hope to ply it this weekend. I will be chain plying this just like the one for January and aiming for the same amount of yardage.
I plan to do more spinning over the next few months. Spinning brings me such joy and I want to get better so that I can use more of my handspun for knitting projects.
It’s beginning to warm up just a little here in the valley of the sun (a.k.a. Phoenix), which means I will spending more time on our patio. This to me is the perfect way to way to spend a little bit of time working on a few of my projects before or after work. I must say though, for some reason I’m just not in the mood for too much knitting right now and honestly, I haven’t given any of my projects much love because I’m having too much fun with my container gardening and reading. I’m been devouring many new books, reading lots of articles and have signed up for an online class … all herbal related and I’m truly enjoying it all!
My shawl hasn’t been touched in a couple of weeks and I will eventually pick up back up to work on it.
I have worked on my new sock project a little but not enough for you to even notice that I’ve worked on it, hopefully today I will be able to get a bit more done on it so that I can at least get the heel finished.
Yesterday I decided to prep my lovely Shetland wool for this months breed study. It’s so soft and I really love the color that Sherrill (The 1764 Shepherdess) dyed this wool in, it’s such a soft mix of red and pink. I’m looking forward to spinning this over the next week or two.
I have been thinking about making a couple of small embroidery pieces that I plan to leave in the hoop and hang on my craft room wall. I just purchased a cute sheep design from Kathy Schmitz and a different sheep design from Hawthorn Handmade. I also want to start a stitching project too but trying to pace myself.
I was hoping to be able to share a finished pair of socks today because I am finally getting close to finishing my November socks , but that will have to wait until next week. So instead I am sharing my finished handspun skein of Andean Wool in Polars On Ice with you.
For this breed study I spun worsted (a short draw vs. a long draw) and then chain plyed, also known as Navajo plying, to create a 3-ply yarn. The end result created 104 yards of light worsted weight yarn. This particular spin wasn’t too consistent for me, as 2 oz of fiber chain plyed usually gives me around 140 yards of finished yarn. For this project I am 36 yards shy of what I normally would have achieved but still quite happy.
What is a Navajo-ply yarn? A Navajo ply (or chain ply) is a 3-ply yarn spun from one singles. If the singles was Z-spun, then you will Navajo ply S, and if the singles was S-spun, then you will Navajo ply Z. The plying is done by creating a loop and drawing through a new loop in a manner similar to making a crochet chain.
The Andean Wool was very nice to spin. The fiber was light and airy, and became quite soft as I continued spinning. The finished skein is squishy soft and feels close to what my Corridale handspun feels like. For me it is not scratchy feeling and I think it would be a great yarn for mitts or a hat. All in all, I enjoyed spinning this new to me breed of wool.
The February Breed Study is on it’s way and I am looking forward to seeing what we will be spinning next month. Sherrill of The 1764 Shepherdess provided breed study sheets as well as a simple design to knit up a square for our study book, but I am thinking that I am going to keep all my finished skeins to create my own knitting Advent Calendar for this year. With 12 finished skeins of a variety of breeds I definitely could make a colorful scarf or shawl. I’m thinking the Harry Potter Sampler pattern by Joanna Johnson would be perfect for this idea, but we’ll see.
It’s a late Sunday post for me but I’ve been a little under the weather over the last few days and just now starting to feel better. I just haven’t had the energy to do anything but today I am starting to feel much better. Cody has made sure his mama is looked after too and has been quite attentive, giving me snuggles and love. He’s such a sweet boy.
I did manage to work a bit on my Nurmilintu shawl and really do love how it is knitting up in my handspun. I have to say that knitting seems be make everything better and today I plan just to knit. I did spin a little on Thursday and really do love how my hand blended rolags are spinning up. I blended this yummy fiber up last spring with hopes of using it for a pair of hand knit socks.
As far as reading, I’m almost finished reading Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir and I am really enjoying this book.
From Goodreads:A novel of the devout young woman who became the unwilling object of King Henry VIII’s ardor – and the mother of his only son.
In this third book in the epic Six Tudor Queens series, the acclaimed historian and best-selling author brings new insight to this dramatic story, showing how pure fear for her life determined Jane Seymour’s actions.
Twenty-five-year-old Jane Seymour wants nothing more than to become a nun. But her ambitious father has forced her to live at court as lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine of Aragon, a fellow Catholic whom she soon comes to love and admire. So Jane is appalled when King Henry shunts Katherine aside in his lustful pursuit of Anne Boleyn, but even more so when he takes Anne’s life in his rush to wed – Jane herself!
Unwilling to marry but terrified to resist Henry’s advances for fear she might share Anne’s fate, and propelled by her family, Jane becomes queen of England a mere 10 days after Anne’s execution. She knows she must produce a male heir without fail. Her very life depends on it.
That’s about it for me today and I wish you a happy Sunday afternoon!