My boyfriend and I opened our presents to each other last night on Skype because we are both really busy tonight. He bought me this beautiful Golding spindle. He wanted to know if it would join the collection on the wall but I am going to use it to spin the little bits of fibre I have from testing dye batches and so forth that I was going to use in another scrap yarn blanket. I think it is beautiful.
I plied up some yarn for some mittens for my daughter. This is the second bobbin. I plied some yesterday and got that set so I can bring it with me to skating lessons tonight. I will set this yarn today.
I had some bad vertigo 2 days ago and was really unsteady. There was still quite a bit of nausea yesterday. Needless to say I didn’t use combs or cards the last couple of days but I am feeling better today so I hope to get some carding done. I was able to get my stove lit this morning as I can haul wood in again. This shouldn’t interfere with my 5kg Solstice Challenge because I do have quite a bit of fibre already prepped for those times when I shouldn’t be around sharp things. My walking stick should be in the mail soon anyway which will help a lot. Life is good.
I finished some mittens for my 10 year old son. They are made from 3 ply Shetland handspun. He likes them so I consider that a success. I put a string on them in the hopes they might not get lost. He is a 10 year old boy though so my expectations are not high.
I finished picking this batch of yellow Icelandic fleece today. I will try to get it carded into batts tomorrow. The batts will weigh a little less than this (88g) but it gives me an idea how much of this yellow I will have when I include it with what I have already carded.
With the completion of the mittens my small, carry-around project is now done. I think I will ply up that Ribbons colourway for some mittens for my 8 year old daughter. I should have enough for one pair and if not I think I have some yarn I can use as a stripe. I hope to get that plied up and set before skating lessons on Wednesday when I have to sit at the arena for almost 2 hours. That is prime crocheting time that I don’t want to waste. Maybe I can get the plying done tomorrow too. I feel so good completing the above mittens. Life is good.
This is 108g of yellow Icelandic fleece carded into batts. I can’t recall what this is dyed with (the three I normally use are goldenrod, marigold, or osage orange). The batts just went through one pass as I am not done picking this particular batch of fleece and I am not sure if I am going to blend this dye batch with another so I have enough yardage for my Babette blanket.
This has shown me about what my limits are. I have decided to spin 5 kg of fibre in the 6 months between the solstices. That is about 100g per week with 2 weeks where I can take a break. This will probably be the closest I will ever get to be a production spinner. I won’t just be spinning for the afghans because I am sure I would get burned out. Both afghans will be made of Icelandic and it will be nice to spin different breeds and different fibre types along the way for a change.
Have a great weekend everyone!