I gave my Kromski Polanaise spinning wheel a work out this week and got a skein of yarn done! I have always struggled with left over singles on a bobbin when I’m done plying, so I thought (after I started of course and was on my 2nd bobbin) that I was going to weigh the 3rd empty bobbin I had to see how much the bobbins weighed. Then I would weigh each of the singles when I thought I had them about half full (always hard for me to judge) and see if I could get close to not having much left on one of the bobbins after plying the two singles together. As you can see the first bobbin weighed 101 grams and the 2nd bobbin was 93 grams, so I took 8 more grams of the fiber and added it to the 2nd bobbin. They both weighed 101 grams. The empty bobbin for plying was 53 grams.
So I plied the two singles and ended up with 139 grams, and I thought, um, how is that, oh yeah the weight of the 2nd bobbin. I weighed the now empty 2nd bobbin, it was 57 grams, ugh didn’t take into consideration that the bobbins might not weigh the same. So all in all the 1st and 2nd bobbins weighed 57 grams each and the 3rd bobbin that I used to ply them with was 53 grams. I ended up with 90 grams (202 yds) of plied yarn after it was washed. It looks like a light sport weight yarn. I ended up with only 1 yd and 6 inches of left over singles on one of the bobbins, so my experiment was successful. I know the differences between the amount of the singles on each bobbin will always be there because of the inherent inconsistent spinning for hand spun yarn, but I’m pleased over all with how it worked out and how to cut down on left over singles on a bobbin. 🙂
Off to find the perfect pattern for a scarf for my friend, and then on to my next spinning project :).
Hope everyone is having a great Spring. We have had rain for most of our days throughout this Spring. I dream of sunshiny days. I am not a rain person, one reason I don’t live in the northwest coastal areas, I need the sunshine! The few days we have had that were dry, sunny and warm enough to be outside on the balcony without high winds, had me outside on my balcony spinning on my spinning wheel , it’s a peaceful thing to do. Hope you find a peaceful thing to do too. 🙂
With the help of the Kromski Raverly group and a local friend, I was able to get the Polonaise configured to be a scotch tension drive, thankfully it comes with both options :). The pictures do not do it justice, it is a dark mahogany color but looks like a walnut color in the pictures. It is portrayed a little better in the picture of the singles I am spinning tho’ it still does not show the dark mahogany color as it is, it is really beautiful. It spins like a dream and I am enjoying spinning on it immensely. The fiber is some super wash merino that I had dyed some time back when I spun a skein for a friend. I am spinning this skein to make a scarf or cowl (we need those here in the winter :P) for Marge’s sister (also a friend). Something for her to think about her sister when she wears it.
I also cast on a new project. Was going to make this last year for Christmas for a family member but I fell and broke my hand so that didn’t happen. Not taking any chances this year, if I procrastinate, “Murphy” will come to visit again and he is not allowed in my home :P. This is the Changing Staircases shawl by Trysten Molina of Dragon Hoard Designs. I am using Stroll Tweed Sock Labs yarn by Knit Picks in the Teal Tweed colorway. It’s really pretty and has a generous 462 yards. Because I am a loose knitter I am using a size 4 instead of a size 5 circular needle. Tho’ it looks difficult, this pattern is very easy and easily memorized :). Not sure if you can see it very clearly but I am using a beautiful bronze heart progress keeper made by Stephanie of the Knitting Samurai podcast, from her Adore Knits Etsy shop.
I am loving Spring but could do without all the rain, but at least it’s not snow :P.
I have a friend who had a baby girl about 2 months ago so I decided now that my hand was better to make her a simple baby hat (my hand still tires easily and gets nerve pain when I over do, but it’s slowly getting better.) I certainly can’t leave her 3 year old brother without a hat, so after finishing the 2X2 rib hat from 5 Easy Pieces – Knit Newborn Hats (Circular), (free pattern on Ravelry) for her daughter, I started one for her son. I choose the 2X2 rib because it’s, easy (to knit and on my hand) and soft and squishy. I used a size 6 for the newborn size (the pattern called for a size 7, I knit loosely so I usually go down a needle size to get gauge) and used the size 7 for the 3 year old’s hat and added 12 stitches. I will also add length so it will cover his ears :). **There use to be a way to magnify the pictures on Word Press but I can’t find it anymore, so even tho you can’t see the yarn very well, it’s Yarn Bee (from Hobby Lobby) Soft and Sleek, the pink is pink stripe and the blue is Denim Blues. It is very soft stuff and knits nicely. I believe Hobby Lobby is having a yarn sale in the store this week (Monday Dec 24th – Saturday Dec 29 2018) for 30% off. Incentive to buy some more :P.
I am still working on the spinning. I finished that rolag and weighed the bobbins with the singles and first one is a little heavier so I decided to get another of the rolags to spin (that will leave 3 left) and put 2/3 of the rolag on the lighter bobbin and the rest on the other bobbin, hopefully that will balance it out. We will see.
Tomorrow will be baking day, rolls for Christmas dinner on Tuesday :).
**Update: I discovered that if you choose the pictures side by side choice that you can click on them on the blog and they will enlarge in a separate window, however if you chose the single pictures they will not. So there you go.
Meet (yellow and green) Princess Peach, and (teal on the top and blue on the bottom and some white) Yoshi. My son and his spouse weren’t having enough time for these love birds because of their alpacas and shows to sell their alpaca yarn, etc. So I inherited them. Unfortunately they are both females so they have to have separate cages because, tho they like each other, it’s from afar, lol. I didn’t realize just how noisy and loud love birds can be, they make a call similar to the kookaburra, :P. They also have quiet noises as well. You can’t see the color well on the teal/blue love bird, but she is beautiful. They are not friendly so I have to love them from afar as well :P. They are very intelligent as most parrots are, Miss Peach figured out how to get out of her cage and I had to secure all the doors on her cage, she is naughty :P.
Ok, re-posting the finished spool of singles and the progress on the 2nd spool and showing the rolag with it. I have four more rolags not counting the one I draped across the wheel, however I have the 1st spool about 1/2 way full and tho I can get more on it, if I have 2, more than 1/2 full spools, I worry that it will be overfull after plying, and my Baynes wheel doesn’t do plying well once that happens. So I might have to just spin what is left over, after filling this 2nd spool 1/2 way, and ply the left over singles from a center pull ball and use it if I need it for the scarf that I am planning on making with this yarn. I’m hoping to have this done tomorrow evening or Monday sometime, been a long time coming with this skein :P. Then I can concentrate on continuing learning to spin on the Rick Reeves double drive wheel ;).
Just keeping some accountability in doing some spinning or knitting every day. I have been only doing spinning and I didn’t get any done the day before yesterday. But I am making progress on both the yarn I’m spinning and learning the double drive wheel. The Rick Reeves wheel spins very nicely, I feel so blessed to have it.
I found some darker roving than what I am spinning, in the same color line, and was thinking about spinning it after this is done and making a skein that goes from lighter to darker for a shawl. It’s just in my head at the moment (the yarn not the shawl, I would be choosing an already written pattern :P.) So we will see if that works out as well in rl (real life) as it does in my head. Would probably have to do it as two different skeins and blend as I knit every other row for a few rows (maybe 10?) when I go from the lighter to the darker. I am hoping for about 4 ozs total when I am done, but we will see, I might be lucky to get 3 ozs. It’s just a thought.
I decided since I have a little extra money each month that I would invest in a set of stitch markers and progress keepers when I found things that were adorable. I love the stitch markers at Adore Knits. This is my 2nd order with her and as a returning customer she included a stitch marker holder (the little container with the green lid), so nice to keep them from being lost or destroyed in my bags :P. They are well made and beautiful. I chose the Harry Potter markers and progress keeper. I love that she has an extra attachment on one of the markers so when you are knitting in the round you know where your beginning and ending is. 😉 She also has The Knitting Samurai and her Guys podcast on Ravelry.
I have been very lax this year on my knitting and spinning. As I said before in one of my posts, just very unmotivated this year. So I said to myself, time to get the show on the road girl and get some things done, a change of attitude is what I need. So I will begin by making myself do something with my knitting or spinning every day, knowing that eventually I will be back in the swing of things. I still love knitting and spinning, just not motivated to do them, so I will treat myself like one of my children and make me do it :P.
This is some left over Polypay roving that I kettle dyed a few years ago. Thought I would kill two birds with one stone and get it spun (won’t be a lot of yarn, maybe 200 yds of heavy fingering) while I learn to spin properly on my Rick Reeves spinning wheel. I’m still working on figuring out the tension on the double band drive so…. it is over spinning a little bit, but eventually it will be right. I did this yesterday and will spin on it every day until it’s done. I also need to get a pair of socks started for my dad for his birthday, I have a few months before that is here, but considering how long I took with my last pair of socks, LOL, I need to get the show on the road!
I belong to a Ravelry group called The Fiber Pusher Podcast . She is very knowledgeable with natural dyes, fibers, weaving and knitting. On her group she is having a spinning year and when we post pictures of how our spinning is coming along or just general comments in that thread we become eligible for a give away every month. April’s prize winner never got in contact with her so she redrew a week ago and I won the new drawing! It is two 4oz braids of 80% Targee wool/ 10% Viscose Bamboo/ 10% Tussah Silk (there are two pictures of it because it was to long to get in one picture :P.) It is from BaH Yarns and is so pretty and very soft. I have not spun Targee wool before so this will be a fun spin as I watch the colors unfold in the yarn I make. She also has a sheep breed study she is doing and she had some Navajo Churro fiber that she gave away 1 oz to the first 16 people who voiced that they would like to spin some. That is the little packet of white fluff you see in the picture. It’s not a soft fiber but will be an interesting spin to know what the different breeds are like to spin and what they are best used for. 🙂
You meet so many wonderful people online. If you are a knitter, spinner weaver or crocheter please check out Ravelry if you aren’t on there already, there are so many wonderful patterns and podcasts. It’s a great place to see what others are knitting, crocheting or spinning. And definitely check out the Fiber Pusher Podcast, she even has a wonderful free ezine (email newsletter/magazine) she does once a month you can sign up for in her group, sooooo much information!!
I am working on the 2nd sock just not fast enough lol. Hopefully I will post a picture soon :).
This year in the Fiber Pusher Podcast on Ravelry we are working on spinning. This month it’s getting things finished that are on our wheels. I had finished the first spool of singles last year, and had started the 2nd spool so am now working on finished that 2nd spool. I’m excited to see this 2nd spool finished and plyed with the 1st spool because I know it will be a beautiful yarn. My yarn usually ends up being a light sport weight. You can see the rolags I am spinning from, here. I’m trying to commit to at least 20 min of spinning a day, but at the very least 3 or 4 times a week. That way I won’t feel bad if I miss a day or two because of odds and ends unplanned things that happen in life. Would love it if things never happened unexpectedly however…. :). I haven’t decided what I want to make from it yet.
I will still be working on the mitts, but I have decided that rather than chance I will fail at the yarn chicken game (made me nervous to see the ball going down faster than I had hoped) and I really did not want to have to frog two mitts to redo them with another color yarn, so, I am going to insert one of the other colors where the design is so it will be a two tone mitt and better match her 3 color cowl :). I’ll post a picture when I have passed that design point and you can see it better.
I have also promised that I would finish the socks I am working on for someone for their birthday (next month) and I need to make two hats for two little ones as we are in the throes or a polar express here :). We were at -21 yesterday (New Years Day and this bitterly cold weather started with the early afternoon on New Years Eve) with wind chills dipping from -30’s to -42 and it was still very cold earlier today, tho now, late afternoon, it’s only -2 with a wind chill of -14. woo hoo, a warm up :P. So I should have a very busy next few weeks with spinning and knitting :).
I have finished the Au Clair Fingerless Gauntlets. I made them mitts instead by only doing 3 cables instead of 7 (which just makes them shorter.) They were a fun knit, I hope Maddie’s teacher will enjoy them.
This is some spinning fiber I bought at the Cedar Rapids Fiber Festival. The fiber in the left corner is black (not brown as it shows), green and blue and is a BFL and Corriedale cross 64%, Alpaca 27% and Sari Silk waste 9%. It’s very soft and oh so beautiful and is from Fiber Curio and Sundries, LLC. The other fiber in the top right corner I purchased is 100% Rambouille from Mountain Colors.
I did break down and buy some knitting tools that I have been wanting for a quite a while. The picture on the left is 2 DPN (double pointed needle) holders, which makes it really nice so the stitches don’t fall off the needles while your project is in progress. I also got a nipper to cut my yarn and a little case to put my stitch markers in and a needle gauge and a sheep progress keeper. These I purchased on Etsy from Twisted Yarn and Fiber Co. The picture on the right are some wonderful progress keepers from Yarn Candy Studio. I bought a row counter progress keeper (very nice for when I’m doing work and knowing what row I’m on is necessary) and I bought Harry Potter progress keepers and I love those Harry Potter progress keepers, of course I love the Harry Potter movies so maybe that is why :). The one you can’t see very well has a hologram in it that is a picture of the patronus charm for Harry (stag’s head) and the words expecto patronus. It’s really very cute, was sad it didn’t show up in the picture very well.
Went to my son’s today to watch him “blow out” his alpacas in prep for the shearers who came to shear the alpaca. The shearers did all 6 alpaca in one hr. I will have some pictures to post eventually.
I couldn’t resist, love it :).
I bought some knitting accessories for myself (don’t do that very often) and I will get pictures and put up soon. Been sick with yet another cold and laryngitis again so I haven’t felt like doing much :(. Also as soon as my back is better (yes I threw it out again) I need to skirt the fleece I have and send it off to be processed into yarn. I’ll talk more about that when it happens 😛