Red Hot & Blue

I’m from the school of thought that every month’s braid from Three Waters Farm’s Top of the Month Club is pretty wonderful. This month’s braid, Red Hot & Blue…

img_4038It’s on an 85/15 Polwarth/Silk base and it lasted all of about an hour before I got spinning.

img_4040I couldn’t help myself!

Having spun a couple worsted weight barberpoling skeins a recently, I had it on the brain a bit and decided to spin another with this lovely fiber.

img_4053I used my Spinner’s Control Card again to get the singles in the realm of what would get me a worsted weight 2ply when all was said and done. I’m really learning to like that tool a lot.

img_4064With regards to prep and color handling, I didn’t get too precious about it. I split the braid into thirds according to the color repeat first. Then I split one of those thirds in half and put one half with each of the 2 remaining thirds (this isn’t getting confusing at all, lol!). Then I prepped each half into smaller nests; one that would spin starting from the pink side of the color repeat and the other half to spin starting with the blue. And off I went.

I finished the singles in good time and then got down to plying. As I plied, I worried that I had spun the singles too light as the yarn looked thin compared to what I had aimed for. I knew I hadn’t been perfectly consistent, but this looked like I’d missed my mark. Regardless, I finished plying using an Andean plying bracelet to use up every last bit and then I popped it in the wash.

And, wow did it poof up!

img_4126And sure enough! It measured in at about 8-9 wpi landing it squarely in the worsted category.

Can I show you another close-up?

img_4131I’m happy with the spinning and even happier with the super colorful yarn.

img_4128I have to measure out yardage, but I would guess I’m in the 200yard range and I’m definitely thinking this needs to be a hat. I went through my knitted hats recently and I realized that with my upsurge in spinning this year I really need to upgrade my hat collection. The only question is… will my daughter steal this one as soon as it’s done?

Little Luxuries

Yesterday I began the first day of the Tour de Fleece here.

photo by Mr Knitting Sarah

No wheel. No spindle. No spinning whatsoever. I told you it was going to be a different kind of TdF this year!

Instead I spent the morning knitting on my current Socks with Sarah socks.

20140706-090743-32863993.jpgThis is number 15.2 for the year — Hermione’s Everyday Socks in Cloudlover Yarn & Fiber 75/25 merino/nylon blend in the Winter Rose colorway. They are moving slowly as I have — as I’ve mentioned — a number of irons in the fire lately, but I really am enjoying them and the color is, as always, gorgeous.

On the way home from the beach, I started to make the plan of what I would start spinning.  It was then that I checked the tracking info on my Cloudlover club shipment which I knew was en route. Since winning a subscription to the Cloudlover fiber club at last year’s TdF I have been addicted to it. At each sign up I’ve tried a different club. You purchase the clubs in 3month installments and there are a few options based on your fiber or yarn preferences. I’ve tried the regular fiber club — one 4oz braid each month, the double dose — two 4oz braids each month, and most recently the half & half club — 4oz of fiber and one skein of sock yarn. There is also a club that is just sock yarn, but as a spinner I always go for one with fiber. Since the first club, the day I receive my shipment has always been an exciting one because the colors and fiber content is always, always, always a treat. I’ve had grandiose dreams of just tearing into my package and spinning up whatever has just arrived, but as life goes it has simply never worked out quite so smoothly. I’ve always had to wait.

When I found that my latest installment of the half and half club was ‘out for delivery’ I realized today could be my day. My husband laughed and I pressed my head against the window looking for the mailman. Having gotten home just after 2 or 3 in the afternoon, I only needed to delay my TdF start by an hour or so to get to spin my brand new braid immediately.

And then it arrived.

20140706-092124-33684153.jpgA little birdie had said I would love it. That little birdie was so right! Minutes after this photo it was divided up and being spun.

20140706-085651-32211252.jpgAnd this morning I wrapped up the first 2oz. 2oz to go!  I plan to spin a very basic 2ply yarn — it’s been a while since I’ve done a simple fractal 2ply and it’s proving to be… just fun.

20140706-085650-32210377.jpgThe other half of my half & half club is equally gorgeous. I’ll be winding it up shortly and I might just knit up some simple vanilla socks with this. This shipment must be meant for simple luxuries for me, I think. I simply could not be any happier about that.

Speaking of little luxuries, I had the honor of an audio book while I spun last night.

20140706-092828-34108196.jpgThat’s my girl reading The Trumpet of the Swan to me. It’s one of her favourite books. I think she’s read it at least 2 or 3 times already.

And now, someone else seems to think I should get back to my wheel…

20140706-092829-34109789.jpgHow can I argue with that?