Abundance

As I’m guessing you’ve noticed, blogging here has been happening in fits and spurts. A friend actually texted me last night to be sure I was ok because the blog went quiet — a sure sign that I really do need to start managing my time better. And really, that’s my problem over here. It’s not lack of material — I have a literal stack of handspun from the Tour de Fleece sitting here to share with you, a new-to-me wheel acquisition to tell you about, another new wheel shipping in 16 days (not that I’m counting), our weekly family adventures, preparations for both a family vacation and the trip to WI Sheep & Wool in September where I’ll be getting to meet some knitting friends for the very first time. There is just an abundance, a wealth of things to write about. And yet, my days go by and I’ve not been carving out the time here.

Shame on me, right?! Not just because I leave you hanging, but it’s an important outlet for me, too, and it wears on me when I’m not exercising it. It’s really been since the move, I’ve just not yet got fully back on track. I’ve found it to be a lot like working out or staying on a healthy diet, once you’re out of the rhythm of writing it can be really difficult to find it again. Identifying the “right” time of day, eliminating distractions, and most of all, just making it a priority.

I originally thought that I’d just dive in with finished projects to start to cracking away at them, but after pondering for a bit where to start in that pile of FOs I started to feel a bit overwhelmed and it just felt like going from nothing to this bounty of FOs would be disjointed. I decided it might make more sense to catch you up on the things I’m working on now. Then my “Today on my needles…” and “Today on my wheel…” posts will make a bit more sense.

So what exactly am I working on these days? Well…

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I have my second Zigzagular Sock with my Three Waters Farm Hand-dyed Yarn in Storm’s End started. I’ll admit, it’s going slowly because I’m kind of savoring it.

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I’m continuing on this spindle spin — this is the Three Waters Farm 60/40 Polwarth + Silk in the Giant Celosia (the link is for a different blend of Polwarth + Silk , but the same colorway) colorway that I hand rolled into rolags. This is still my first spindle, but it’s a Bosworth Midi, so there’s a lot of room on it. I have no idea how much I have spun and I’m not really inclined to figure that out. I’m just going to keep spinning, keep taking it with me where ever we go, and spinning here and there with it. For me, spindle spinning isn’t at all about getting things done quickly.

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My Spring Dream Kit from Heart of the Mitten took a bit of a backseat to the Tour de Fleece. The TDF distraction was further aided by the fact that I’ve been helping another local knitter branch out into more projects and one of her projects called for using the size 13 needles in this project. Since I was neck deep in spinning, I was happy to lend them out and I’ve since tracked down another set of size 13s so I’m aiming to get back at this and wrap it up shortly. It’s really a super fun, squish-tastic knit and I’m excited to get it finished. Additionally, I’m planning to give it to my daughter and it’ll be the perfect little wrap for the occasional cool mornings we’ve been having here.

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Also thanks in part to the knitting lessons, I started this very simple toe-up sock. I’m using a limited edition gradient colorway called, “Clever Girl” from Dyeabolical. Most significant in this knit is that I turned my first ever Fish Lips Kiss heel. It was pretty fun and it seems to fit well. I skipped the whole making a foot form part though and now I’m eyeing the priority mail box from my last Three Waters Farm order to make the cut-outs for the second foot just to see if there’s a difference in the quality of the fit. I’m also thinking about maybe trying this pattern out for the kids. Usually I’m a top-down kind of gal, but I’m just… I’m welcoming something a little different these days.

And last, but not least…

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Technically I suppose I could count this as part of the Tour de Fleece. It was how I spent my last evening of the Tour, after all. But as I’m not quite halfway through the singles I’m going to consider it an ongoing endeavor. This is — almost unbelievably — 100% Organic Polwarth from Three Waters Farm in the Old Stone House colorway. They’ve recently changed up how they are shipping their fibers and this Polwarth is spinning like butter.  I’m attempting to spin super light so that I can chain ply for socks and have enough for socks with just 4oz of fiber. I’ve only ever managed it once before, so I’m not holding my breath, but a girl can dream!

I also have that handspun Find Your Fade lingering about… somewhere. The only thing I’ve done with it lately is accidentally knock a couple stitches off of it. It’s big enough these days that it’s just not lending itself too well to summer knitting, so I’m thinking I’ll get back at it this fall.

And that, my friends, is where I’m at with current WIPs. Tomorrow, let’s dive into my Tour de Fleece spins, shall we? It’s time to turn the abundance that surrounds me into words!

9 responses to “Abundance

  1. So much going on – fibery, and I bet, otherwise! Love all that you are doing, and of course, that old stone house spinning is AMAZING. I think you will get enough for socks. How will you ply it?

    What’s different about how they ship the wool these days? I have resisted looking at their shop, just working on spinning what I have. And finishing the giant pile I started in TDF…

    Getting excited for September and actually meeting you and maybe seeing some of what you are working on. 🙂

    • I will be plying Old Stone House with a chain ply. 3-ply with 4oz for socks is always a little hit or miss for me.

      They used to ship braided fiber in boxes, but they’ve switched to unbraided fiber bags. There will be some transition when things arrive both ways, but all the new fibers are being bagged. Definitely check out the shop! I always find a lot of inspiration there!

      Me, too!

      • I haven’t tried chain plying a whole skein yet, can you believe it? I just love the way colors work in a traditional three ply. And I over twist my chain plies (I do it on the leftover ends) so haven’t wanted to do a whole braid. The socks I made were traditional three ply – I had enough yardage, though I wasn’t sure I would, so made contrasting toes and heels – but it was NOT fingering weight, those socks are lovely thick and warm. I think that Old Stone House will make FABULOUS socks though, go with anything!

        Interesting – bags, not braids, huh? Probably will save them SO MUCH time, and maybe a little shipping expense, too. I hate to check out the shop, it makes me want want want. but maybe I will sneak over there anyway…

      • I love chain plying. Love it. I really started to feel I was a spinner when I finally figured out how to chain ply. 🙂

        I think there were a lot of reasons for the shift in packaging. I think it’ll be a little while before it actually starts to save on time just because “new” always takes longer, but I’ve been really impressed with how the fiber is arriving in the new shipping method. You might need to try a bit just to see what it’s like. 😉

      • lol I might!

        I can see why mastering chain ply would feel like a big accomplishment! I haven’t given up on it, just not ready to commit to 4 ounces of it. Maybe I will do it with one of my Roving of the month selections. But it is hard to resist the color play of the traditional three ply. I love it so much! 🙂

      • Go with what you love. One day you’ll look at a braid and think, “I want to keep these colors pure” and then you’ll chain ply. 🙂

  2. I’m getting excited for September too! I so hope you end up with enough of the Organic Polwarth to knit socks. Is Polwarth strong enough without reinforcing toes & heels? Since I’ve been playing with handspun Romney on socks, I’m just curious!

    • Sure! Polwarth can be strong enough — so much depends on how it’s spun, though. For instance, a 3-ply would be stronger than a 2-ply and a higher twist will usually wear better than a low twist.

      I wasn’t sure about the Romney, so I consulted with Mary Ann from Three Waters Farm. She said it’s a “strong fiber, long staple length, & hard wearing” BUT it does tend to be scratchy. She said she’d use it for boot socks or outer socks in colder climates.

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