The Wonder of Plying

Once again I didn’t get this up last night. I have an excuse, though! I was busy plying this wonderful skein of sock yarn.

Four-Ply Sock Yarn

Four-Ply Sock Yarn

Gawain is done! I absolutely love it when the seemingly endless thread you’ve been working on for the past who-knows-how-long comes together and makes yarn. It’s amazing.

That makes three things checked off my list. No, four. Well, I guess three. Gawain sock yarn, the lumpy yarn, the sparkly black stuff, and if you want to count it separately, this little skein from the leftover turquoise.

Turquoise Light Worsted

Turquoise Light Worsted

Keep in mind that the plying of the sock yarn and the turquoise stuff happened between 7:30 and 11:00 last night. I didn’t get much done yesterday morning. We went to the library (where I got more audio books) then did cleaning chores. Actually, while we were at the library, I found the Start Spinning book by Maggie Casey. I’ve never read it, so I brought it home to look at. From what I’ve seen while glancing through, I think most of the things in it are things I have already learned one way or another, but it looks like a very good, concise, practical how-to guide.

I also made the mistake of browsing in the craft books section a little too long. A book on watercoloring flowers, and one on Chinese knotting jumped into my arms. Oh, and I looked through a book of knitted shawl patterns and found one I really like. I don’t know why I look at knitted patterns! I don’t knit! And as for the Chinese knotting, I’d never heard of it, and it looked amazing. Do I really need yet another craft? Thankfully the instructions aren’t geared toward beginners. Maybe I’ll get frustrated with it. You never know.

As of supper time, I’d only spun a little on the New Zealand. I’m getting close to another spindle full. Although I have no idea how much I have left to do.

And you’ve already seen what happened last night. Maybe I spin better once it gets dark out.

Oh, then yesterday afternoon I placed a rather large fiber order. I got a Paradise Fibers gift card for Christmas, combined it with plenty of my own money, and ordered the biggest fiber batch I think I’ve ever bought. No, I think the SAFF beats it. There are three and half pounds of various fibers coming. But I won’t tell you what they are until I have pictures to go with them!

And speaking of pictures, here’s a close-up on the colors in the Gawain sock yarn. I’m very pleased with the way it turned out. I’d been expecting more color shifts, but the four-ply mellowed it into a nice blue gray. It’s a very nice, soft, squishy yarn.

So Soft

So Soft

4 Responses to The Wonder of Plying
  1. Mama Mentor
    December 28, 2008 | 5:54 pm

    It’s amazing how the Gawain colors all blended together, isn’t it? I also expected bigger color shifts. But it’s a very beautiful and subtle yarn. Maybe you should learn to knit so you could make your very own socks from it . . .

  2. Rebekah
    December 28, 2008 | 6:49 pm

    Well, quite frankly, knitting doesn’t seem to hold any interest for me. I like the finished products, but learning to knit for the sake of the finished product sounds like a rather stressful hobby. Not that I’m ruling out that option completely . . .

  3. Deborah
    December 28, 2008 | 7:16 pm

    Your desire to get projects done and checked off your list has provided much interesting reading for all of your loyal fans! thank you for the yarns you did for me. They are lovely and I have several ideas so far about what to use them for. I even found a simple KNITTED shawl pattern for the three skeins of the Mountain way (grayish green yarn)!

    Maybe you can talk Ruth into knitting you a pair of socks!

  4. Rebekah
    December 28, 2008 | 11:22 pm

    Actually, I already have. :) Not that it took much convincing. She’s so wonderful.

    I’m glad you like your yarns. I enjoyed making them.

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