It has been a few weeks since I've been able to put together a Fiberlicious Friday post. It seems like our summer weekends are all so busy. My solution? I'm writing this on Thursday morning, Typepad will do the rest and post it on Friday for me.
Today's Fiberlicious Friday is brought to you by my new love, "Gigi". I've got so many UFO's beckoning me, but all I want to do is spin. I've been splitting my time as well as one who is obsessed can. Luckily for the UFO's, I've been spending 4 days a week in NYC and Gigi doesn't fit in the car with everyone's luggage. Lace and socks get all of the attention since they are so portable.
The above yarn is spun from superwash merino fiber which I purchased from Aija's etsy store, Zero. I spun the singles on a drop spindle and plyed them on my new wheel. The experienced spinners and highly observant types among you will notice that I have spun this yarn "backwards". When I was taught to spin on my drop spindle I was encouraged to do it in the "correct" direction, singles clockwise - plying counter-clockwise. Spinning my singles counter-clockwise has always felt more natural. I am a firm believer in the school of "knit or spin the way that feels best to you, the results are what count", and so I spin counter clockwise on my drop spindle. Now that I have a wheel, I am switching over to the conventional way of doing things for consistency's sake. As a result, the yarn that was spun completely on the wheel was spun one way, while the singles that were spun on my drop spindle as above are done in my old "backward" way of doing things.
The first spinning from my new wheel.
This is a self striping yarn. The blues & greens are from a 100% merino roving that I handdyed, the brown is 100% merino that the owner of the Spinnery gave me when I bought my wheel from her. I like the way the brown tones down the acid brightness of the blues and greens.
I'm off to pack for the weekend now, and maybe have a little session with Gigi if I can squeeze it in.
Have a great weekend.