You all saw a glimpse of this roving on the previous post. Here it is once again , "Hit the Town" hand painted by Fat Cat Knits, which I pickup up at Pick Up Sticks. Aren't these colors vibrant?
I divided the roving in half and spun these two bobbins. They turned out differently. It's really surprising, the whole adventure of spinning.
It took me several days to spin this up. I thought I'd spin a little thicker than usual, but instead wound up with the same thickness as usual - thinnish.
Winding the spun yarn onto the Niddy Noddy is my least favorite thing about spinning. I did it early in the morning, while the rest of the family was still sleeping, because I had to count to get the yardage
I'm not good in winding the yarn into a skein, especially when it's a big skein like this one.
Here's a close up. The above picture shows the colors best, it's very muted after plying. Where the sun hits the skein it shows the colors better, but when you see the skein up close and personal it's rather dull. This would make nice socks with a Trekking like affect, but since it's 100% merino wool and 2-plied at that, I will not use it for socks. Would be a waste of time and material. It would not withstand the friction between heel and shoe very well, and even with all my sock darners I would not be happy to have holes every five minutes.
So what should I do with this yarn???It's 100% merino as I mentioned, 533yds, and a fall color. It's fingering weight.
Polish Merino sheep.
Here's the natural brown Blue Face Leicster, it turned out to be 390 yds. This concludes the spinning for this project. See the picture below, there are all three colorways, which are 1398.5 yds in all. I'm going to knit a shawl with this yarn. Need some quiet time for that. I can see me knitting this in the coming fall or winter months.
Blue Face Leicster sheep.
With all the spinning and plying, there has been little knitting going on here. I managed to knit this mini sock for my daughter. She choose the sock yarn, I would have never chosen that for her. Boy, I would have been far off! She tried on the Kathrine Hepburn cardigan, and it fits her well, only the shoulders are a little too wide. We will take pictures during the week.
We've never used our front porch before. Today I really wanted to go outside, but it's just too hot for me in the back yard. I can't stand the heat. So I made a cozy little place for the doggies and tried out the old rocking chair, which Hannah brought home from Montreal a few years ago. I felt quite old sitting there, rocking and knitting a sock! I laughed to myself, like a lunatic (hair wild form the wind), nice picture eh? The dogs enjoyed it though. They don't get to be out front very often. Their noses were up in the air, sucking in all the BBQ smells from the neighbourhood.
Oh yeah, there's the sock for Sockamania Club KAL for August. We got the pattern a couple of days ago. It's an easy knit/purl stitch pattern, but that's fine with me, because I'm impatiently awaiting a new sock book, and then I'll go to town with sock knitting, you'll see! ;o)
Since I took the above picture I finished the first sock and started the second one. I have to tell you something about the yarn, but that will have to wait until the pair is done.