Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Look ma!

Actual fibery content!

Sadly, I don't have any pics to share with you at the moment, but I did want to mention that I actually plied some of the singles I've spun and the skeins are still at home soaking. They're still soaking because me and mornings are un-mixey things, and I forgot they were on the counter in their pasta pot of happy eucalyptusy Euclean utopia.

My plying? Sucks. I wish I spun as well as I alliterate.

One skein, which is about 67 yards, seemed way too loosely plied. This was done using the "kate" on the front of the Traveller, which is really just those metal spokes poking up from the bottom. I had big issues with trying to do this - it just wasn't working at all, and I gave up about halfway through the bobbins. However, once I pulled it off the niddy noddy, it actually hung straight. Huh. We'll see how it looks once it's dried - the singles were *koffkoff* old, and I am curious to see how the wetting will change the way it looks.

The second skein is also about 67 yards (my bobbins weren't really all that full), and skewed liek whoa. This one was done with the tensioned kate, but I think I screwed something up with the placement of the bobbins on it. I know that I managed to twist the two singles around each other while attaching them to the lead, which made the whole plying experience just yick. Also, I need to move the kate behind me, I think, in order to give me some actual lead time and help ease the whole process.

If they don't turn out too badly, I'll post pics once they're dry. I'm definitely keeping the skeins, but I should probably get a refresher on how to actually ply from someone who knows what they're doing.

I must say though, that I really like Finn. Nice and easy to start with, and I enjoyed working with it a lot. I'm on a list for 2007 shearing notification at a couple of Finn fleece farms, which would be neat. In the meantime, I'll try to get some more at the LYS when I'm in there next.

Or, you know, I could continue washing fleeces (this will never, ever end!). Or begin teasing the washed fiber I have in prep for drum carder arrival later this month.

However, it's much more likely that I'll go home tonight, sit my big fat ass down on the couch and work on the knee high socks while listening to season seven of DS9 on DVD. I'd taken an inexplicable break from Netflix for a while, but I'm back at it. With enthusiasm!

2 Comments:

Anonymous Elaine said...

You had me at DS9, which I love nearly as much as knitting.

12:58 PM  
Blogger moiraeknits said...

You know, having taken a step back from the Trek universe for a while, I'm glad I've had the chance to watch the series on DVD. It was such a fantastic show - the storylines, the various arcs, the characters.... *loves on DS9* It's definitely the best series plot-wise, though TNG will always hold the number one spot in my heart. I am debating whether or not to start on Voyager now, or save that for another time. Decisions, decisions....

11:21 AM  

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