I’ve been a bit remiss here as I managed to mire myself in this giant bobbin of beautiful yarn this week. True, there are so many worse places to be stuck, but as a spinner the experience was significant to me. This is the first time that my plying flyer was really just not fast enough for me for a plying job. For those who aren’t spinners, lighter yarns require more twist and the plying flyer on my wheel is the biggest, slowest-to-add-twist flyer I have. Traditionally I’ve just used the plying flyer as a default for most plying jobs because the bobbins are bigger and therefore I can keep my spinning in one continuous skein which I’m weirdly into. The slow-nature of the flyer has never really bothered me before. This time, though, I felt like Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s European Vacation when he gets stuck in the round-about and is maniacally repeating, “I cannot get left!” Night after night I’d sit for the evening with the wheel and I just could not get through this plying!
And then finally…
Yesterday I did.
Of course I was exhausted by the time I’d finished and I didn’t have it in me to wind the behemoth off the bobbin in that moment, so I popped my next plying job onto the wheel and got it going…
This will be 4oz of aran/chunky yarn (we’ll see for sure after it’s washed). Compared to the 8oz of light fingering I’d just wrapped up, I’m FLYING! It’s magnificent.
Yesterday I also got to a long-delayed project…
I started the long process of remeasuring and labeling all my handspun yarn. Doesn’t it look awesome? I’m so happy with how these turned out. I worked with Rachel from Rachel’s Cozy Knits & Designs on Etsy and while I didn’t diverge far from her standard yarn labels, she did an awesome job of individualizing them based on my requests and creating just what I wanted. She was very patient and made the whole process quick & easy. And I’ll be honest, I’m totally nerding out with this. It’s certainly a time investment, but I’m learning a lot about my handspun as I’m meticulous measuring, checking wraps per inch, and weighing each skein. Additionally, having everything tagged will be utterly fabulous once I’m all caught up as I’ll be able to do this as soon as my new yarns are dry from here on out.
I managed to get through 10 skeins before it was time to take the kiddos to the pool yesterday and I have…
What can only be described as a heap left. Eventually some of these will find their way into my destash sale on Ravelry. In efforts to declutter our home, I’ve been destashing a number of fantastic skeins on Ravelry so do check it out.
These are just a couple examples of what I have up for grabs over there. They’re all reasonably priced and all prices include US shipping. And like I said, if you’re looking to grab some destashed handspun keep your eyes peeled in the Ravelry group & on Instagram where I’ll be sharing when I’ll that up. I have some weighing and measuring to do ahead of that though, so it might be a bit.
My needles have been clicking away, too, as I race to yet another finish line.
I’m closing in on the end of my Ashbury Mitts. I’m cooking up a little something for Bijou Basin Ranch with these and I’ve got a bit of a deadline, so when I’ve not been tackling the grand beast on the wheel I’ve been cruising on these.
I have some excellent incentive to get ahead though, as I somehow always do.
This insanely soft and beautiful Skinny Wool from Be Sweet arrived and I’m dying to get knitting on it. I think I have just the pattern for it and it’ll be on my needles just as soon as those mitts are done.
I also received this fabulous 100% merino trio from Backyard Fiberworks. I love the colors, just love them. I definitely want to use them together, but I’m not quite sure which pattern yet. Each skein is 400yards, so I’ve got so many options. Sweater? Tri-color shawl? What do you think? I’m so loving the process of brainstorming this bunch!
And — as if I needed further motivation — my Top of the Month Club arrived from Three Waters Farm.
60% Polwarth / 40% silk. Yes, 40% SILK!
It positively GLOWS.
I think it’s safe to say that I’m officially unstuck and that I definitely have my work cut-out for me. I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!