Places You Can Spin

It was a little over a year ago that I really started to deep dive into spindle spinning. My hip was giving me some trouble and sitting at my wheel was uncomfortable and I was not in a position to get a different wheel, so a very wise person said, “Sarah, have you tried the spindle?” And the rest, as you know, is history. This week, I was reminded why that simple question was instrumental in changing the course of my everyday life. Because, you see, I now carry a spindle almost everywhere with me. I still bring knitting, of course, but there are certain moods and certain spots that are more favorable for one or the other. And this week, it was all about my best spindle spinning spot yet.

Can you believe it?

I was able to sit up on a ledge, so I had a long area in which my spindle could drop. Right next to the waterfall, the kids playing below in some puddles and Mr KS lounging and photographing on some rocks up above. It was just grand and in this moment and in this place, the spindle was just the perfect match.

And the spinning was pretty sweet, too. They are lightly textured rolags so they are super fun to knit with little slubs spun into them. I’m trying very hard to get this spin done and spindles emptied before the Tour de Fleece opens at the beginning of July and this day of spindling definitely helped.

For anyone who might be wondering, for a year or so I had an empty water bottle that I used to transport my spindle project, something super cheap I got on clearance at a local box store. And this spring I upgraded to this…

The other bottle had a huge top and this one is a little more easily portable because the top isn’t quite so bulky. In any case, since I’m often around water, this protects my spinning if I should drop it and it keeps it dry. It has plenty of room — You can’s tell from the photo, but I actually have 2 Golding Ring Spindles and 4 rolags in this thing. I usually don’t carry a ton because I’m not a super fast spindler, but after almost burning through my usual 2 rolags last time we hit the trail I took 4 along with me on our latest outing.

The best part, however, is that it fits right in my backpack side pocket.

If you happen to run into a lady on the trail or around town with this set-up happening, it’s most likely me. Or someone else who is very brilliant and fashionable. OK, I’m kind of joking there, but seriously give anyone you see with a bottle of spindles a hi-five for me because they clearly deserve it.

So if you’re wondering if you should pick up a spindle — whether you aren’t a spinner or you’re proficient with the wheel –I’m thinking the answer might be yes. Because it’s a pretty fantastic way to spend a few hours in a beautiful spot where ever you might be!

Wit Beyond Measure

I loved Dyeabolical‘s Wit Beyond Measure colorway so much that I ordered it as soon as it was available.

My 8oz of Targhee spent a little time in my stash as I waited to figure out exactly what I wanted to do with it. When I got wind that the Akerworks folks were hoping for someone to try out a 4-ply yarn using plying bobbins in the “AkerKate” test I knew I’d found the match for this fiber.

img_3100It was a really pretty and really fun spin. There was a bit of a delay as I waited for my Akerworks SuperJumbo Lendrum bobbins to arrive. Since they became available I’ve wanted to add them to my tool kit for traveling and knowing they’d be useful in the test gave me the incentive to pick up a couple.

Upon finishing the singles, I could tell early on that I’d not quite measured one of the quarters of fiber very accurately — either I mis-weighed or I mis-spun a little as one bobbin was clearly more full than the other. No bother, I had a plan. I went into my first 4-ply with gusto.

4ply detIt turned out SO PRETTY. This skein far exceeded my hopes.

kinksI’m showing you this picture so that you can see that even though this is washed and set it’s still got a little extra energy & twist in it. For the next 4-ply, I’ll definitely want to tame that just a bit.

full skeinBut I’m not too worried — I can tell it’ll knit up just fine. It finished with about 150yards of heavy aran/light chunky yarn and in my eyes it’s really something special.

Now. The leftovers.

I had 3 bobbins with yarn on them once I ran out of yarn on the 4th. One bobbin had loads — as I mentioned before I knew would be the case — and the other two not so much, but enough to not want to waste. I started in on a 2-ply using the loaded bobbin and one of the lighter bobbins, joining the second light bobbin when the first ran dry. When the 2nd light bobbin ran out before the heavy one was finished (I’m telling you I was WAY off with that one), I made an Andean plying bracelet and used up every last bit of my 8oz of Wit Beyond Measure leaving me with a fun little sport/DK weight 70yard skein.

2plyIt was fun to see how this colorway looked in a 2-ply versus 4-ply.

2ply fullThey have such different personality and to an extent different characteristics because of how they were plied.

One thing’s for sure, it was a fun little experiment with my new SuperJumbo Akerworks bobbins, the Akerworks Flat Pack Lazy Kate — which handled the 4-ply like a champ — as well as seeing the yarn spin up in two different ways. I surely will be enjoying more of these types of spins in the near future — of this I have no doubt!

Poor Hungry Puppy.

A couple of days ago I was helping my son work on an extra credit project for school. The task was to write an errand list & illustrate it. I read through the instructions with him and then walked away for a moment. This is the completed list he had when I came back.wpid-IMG_20130116_080654.jpg

Evidence my son spends a lot of time with me, loves me, and knows me. I just feel kind of bad for the dog who apparently will go hungry if we run out of wool. Better be sure we are always well-stocked!