Saturday, October 16, 2010

It's all about the Yarn

Knitting is happening, but these days I seem to be all about the yarn.  Spinning does that to you. 

I was working on my Koigu Braid when something just clicked.  It occurred to me that when I let the twist enter the fiber to pinch just ahead of the part I'd drafted.  In other words, to leave some of the drafted fiber out of the twist.  This made it easier to draft the next bit of fiber.  And from there I flew!  I don't even know if I'm still doing that any more, but it was the magic moment.  I am now beyond park and really drop spindling.  I feel like the training wheels came off my bike.  

Oh, I still have so much to learn though!  Consistency for one thing.

I still think I can make something out of this yarn.  Especially if I stretch it with some commercial yarn.

I got some beautiful batts from Paula at All Strung Out that I'm not ready to spin yet. One is a merino/silk blend and the other is a merino/cashmere blend.  I think the merino/silk should be socks and the merino/cashmere should be a shawl.  But I can't spin them yet.  I want to finish my Koigu braid first, but I also need a lighter spindle.  No worries, because next weekend is the Woodstock Fleece Festival!!  I'll be there with bells on.

And in other yarn news, I'm very pleased to show off these naturally dyed beauties:

These were originally natural-colored wool I bought at the Waterloo Farmer's Market.  Mary Jane cooked them up with some natural dyes and now I've got these coordinated skeins to play with .  I love them. 

I'd better get back to knitting though.  The stash is experiencing a growth spurt.


  1. It's a deep, deep hole you have entered now that you are spinning. Which is good, because you will need it to hold all of the fiber and yarn! :-)

  2. Nice yarn, Laurie. Lovely colours.

  3. I love that koigu braid. Just beautiful. You little spinner you! It's so addictive.

  4. oh so jealous, I NEED to learn these thing but haven't the time right now, can't wait to see what you knit with it

  5. You might have to change the name of your blog from Issues with Knitting to No Issues with Spinning!

    How fun to be enjoying a new endeavour!

  6. Lovely yarn! Sounds like you're really spinning along. :-)

  7. I'll see you on Saturday! :)

  8. Wow, you've really grown as a spinner.

  9. I love the colours!!