I had a bunch of goodies in the post yesterday (that Liberty knit circle is a serious punch to the wallet…all my orders were placed after the wednesday meet up!) – a package from Colinette with some beautiful yarn. Gauguin and Popsicle (although Popsicle doesn’t quite look like the colourway on the site – much more green, sort of more like a tropical parrot colour) in Jitterbug. I also got a cone of cashmere in DK weight – I’m going to knit a swatch and dye it up (the colour is a marled pale pink and white). The other exciting package was from fibrecrafts which had a top whorl spindle, 300 grams each of merino top and blue faced leicester top.
Spindle and merino fleece
I spent some time last night playing with the spindle – I spun some wool then plied it together – i’ll have to try knitty’s handy plying technique, cause holding a centre pull ball and plying the ends together ends up twisting the yarn leading to the ball… all a bit messy. My yarn was a bit thick and thin – ranging between dk weight and aran. I spun a bit more and t looks a bit more even. After washing and hanging and then drying it – it bloomed nicely – all poofy and soft. We’ll see how the next one goes. Meanwhile, am waiting to hear back from Journey Wheel about a tulip wood spindle…. and then I promise, dear, sweet, long suffereing wallet, that I shall let you rest a bit before making you work again!
Here is my (public) statement (I can’t quite make myself say it is an oath…): I shall finish my projects before purchasing more wool (or only purchase more wool when in Canada in July, whichever comes first!):
1) Grasshoppers; and
2) Pomatomus socks; and
3) C4 chunky cardigan OR Flicca cardigan; and
5) spin up 100 g each of merino and blue faced leicester – and dye it!
Okay. That means May, June, July – 2.5 months to finish the above. Grasshoppers – another 2 weeks I am guessing, Pomatomus – 2 weeks, so that’s May gone. Cardigan – 1 month. Spinning & dying – 1 week. Phew. I better get going with all that!