In other knitting news, I'm working on a second pair of Sidestream socks from Dream in Color Smooshy and I'm swatching some Shibui sock yarn. It probably won't continue to look like this when I cast on an appropriate number of stitches for actual socks, but the gauge swatch has each color taking up less than one full round. The one-row striping effect is nice! I'm not sure I can get away with much beyond a plain vanilla sock with these color contrasts, though. Any pattern suggestions?
Saturday, August 9, 2008
New Journey with Traveller...
So I've just recently begun to learn to spin. 10 days ago I had my first lesson, and yesterday was my second lesson. I was thrilled that a loaner wheel (the Ashford Traveller) was available for me to take home and practice with, as I'm not quite ready to buy a wheel. Turns out you just buckle them into the back seat, like children.
My homework for the first week was to fill 2 bobbins at least half full. I came home with a bag full of creamy white wool (not sure what kind, but it's combed and my teacher got it from Brown Sheep, the nice folks who make Nature Spun yarn). I filled 3 bobbins mostly full.
Last night we plied. We used the lazy kate on the Traveller to make a 2-ply yarn, and we Navajo plied another bobbin (this creates a 3-ply yarn). Today I set the twist in hot water. (When my teacher, Gail, told me to put the yarn in hot water, I said "but won't it felt?" She did a double take. Apparently most people ask "but won't it shrink?" at this point...) Here is a picture of some yarn before the twist is set:
And here is a picture of yarn after the twist has been set. I'm not sure you can see a difference in the photos, but the finished yarn is smoother and the fibers have relaxed and bloomed. This helps hide the terrible inconsistencies that I created!