At the end of June I was offered a teaching job, with a little class of 5 and 6 year olds. This will be the first classroom of my own that I have ever had. To celebrate this event I bought myself two braids of beautiful fibre from Heavenly Wools. Be warned that clicking on that link will likely result in a purchase or two, her wools are hard to pass up!
I had such a nice time spinning this! I still have the first one to do, but I am finished with the ‘Sea Anemone’ fibre on the right. I wanted to spin some heavier weight yarn that I have been doing recently, I seem to be able to get very fine yarn with no trouble, but thicker yarns have so far eluded me. I never seemed to get enough twist into the fibre, I think I was doing something wrong with my drafting and the tension on my wheel. Anyway! I dug out my beginners bottom-whorl drop-spindle and had another go.
The beautiful and fairly rapid colour changes meant that I didn’t get bored and quit before I knew I was finished spinning enough to knit something decent. I spun two full spindles and transferred the singles on to bobbins so that I could use my wheel for plying. Molly was very interested in this stage and there were a few tense and tangly moments about here.
Then I got to play with my new toy! Niddy Noddy. What a stupid name for such an excellent tool.
I did it! This came out, for once, just as I wanted it. It’s the right weight for the (secret) project I have in mind and I am even pleased with how the plying worked. I usually hate barber-pole striped yarns as they knit up unpredictably, but the colour in this fibre are subtle and they have created a soft, almost confectionary coloured scheme.
I have a plan for this which I am looking forward to revealing in the next month or two. In the meantime, here is one last yarn photo (proud much?)