I haven’t felt like knitting much lately. Since taking a spinning class at my local guild I’ve become obsessed with spinning.
After class I spun up some random bits I had around my house. Most of it was merino, with some unknown bits of green that a lady made Ivy and I take when we went to the Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival. I don’t know why she made us take bits of combed top, but I assume it is because she is a wool drug dealer. The first hit is always free. The next thing you know you are blowing all our money on fleece. Note to self: ask Ivy if she remembers this at all, or if I was the only one approached by a wool dealer.
After spinning up the random bits around my house (which included at least 4 ounces of incredibly soft 19.5 micron merino combed top from Nikki Slipp). I decided to go wild and try one of the braids from HoneyGold Acres I picked up at the fiber festival I attended in November. The braid was US Rambouillet in the Annaliessa colorway. My spinning is improving in evenness, but is still wonky at times. I ended up with about 237 yards in 4 ounces, which works out to be close to DK weight. I look forward to knitting with this yarn.
Way back at the beginning of October I ordered finishing wax for my wheel. Today I finally took the time to wax my wheel, and I can’t believe how much prettier it looks. It went from plain wood to a beautiful honey color. It is enough to make me want to spin even more.
Next spring the kids and I are planning on planting a dye garden to dye light wool I’ve spun. If you have any experience with growing a dye garden or natural dying I would love your advice. I’m a total novice with any sort of dying.
I expect to be back to knitting tomorrow. Or at least winding my yarn for the KAL that starts on Sunday. As a reminder, you can join the skype cast on party if you send me your e mail address so I can add you.