Back In The Groove

I never thought I could get out of the habit of spinning incessantly, but somehow I managed it while we had company for two weeks. I am now trying to get back in as fast as possible. Here’s the second bobbin-full of merino. That thing is so soft!

Merino Bobbins

Merino Bobbins

And then I pulled the Walking Wheel out from where it had been buried during the visit (it takes up our entire living room, so we had to move it temporarily) and was planning to start in on the alpaca again.

What's Left Of The Batt

What's Left Of The Batt

Then I realized I hadn’t written down how much twist I was putting into the alpaca singles. On the Walking Wheel I keep track of the twist amounts by counting the wheel revolutions.

For instance, when I spun the Gawain batt into sock yarn I knew roughly how thick the single needed to be, and once I got it drafted out to the full length (from the spindle to as far back as I could reach comfortably—about four and a half feet) I would add two and a half revolutions to tighten things up. It’s a nice, easy, lazy way of doing things . . . except when you forget how many revolutions.

So, I started in on the merino/tencel batt I had bought from Hanks in the Hood. I’m hoping it will become gloves when it grows up. Pink gloves with the bunny yarn for the thick, squishy cuffs. I’ve made quite good progress thus far, as you can see from the forlorn little scrap of batt that is left. Here’s what the singles look like.

Bobbin of Pink

Bobbin of Pink

As a matter of fact, I’ve already started plying. I’ll show you that soon.

Then, of course, after I got started on spinning the batt I remembered that I’d been doing the alpaca at a half revolution. Now I’ve got to hurry up and finish the pink yarn so I can get back to the alapca! The rolags are waiting.

So Forlorn

So Forlorn

2 Responses to Back In The Groove
  1. Whitney
    February 2, 2009 | 3:48 pm

    Oh, the pink yarn is so cute! And it really does remind me of bunnies. :)

  2. Mama Mentor
    February 2, 2009 | 4:29 pm

    The pink is beautiful! And the batt is so pretty it seems a shame to turn it into yarn!
    I LOVE merino!
    And of course, I can’t wait to see what you do with the alpaca.

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