Sunday, May 9, 2010

Friday, May 7, 2010

Something I am proud of

This little hank
little hank

Why? Well I love to spin. It is something that I wish I could do more often but I can not. My back will not let me sit and spin for more the a few minutes on a good day. I can not even attempt on a bad day. Yesterday was an ok day and I finished what was on my wheel at the time. Well I thought I finished. After I had taken the bobbin off I found a little bit of fluff left. The fluff was alpaca and it is one of my favorite things to spin. I figure I could play around with this little bit of fluff and tried to spin it as thin as I could.


Thin is not something I can do very well. My fingers start complaining pretty quickly. I just took my time (well as much as my body let me) It came out the thinnest I have ever spun anything. Mostly even. Then I plied it.

yarn on hand

In all of these pictures the yarn is finished. I forgot to take a picture of the singles. I navajo plied it (think giant chain stitches) so it is a three ply. 3 strands twisted together and look how thin it is!!

I got out my handy dandy Wraps Per Inch thingie and measured

WPI - 25

The WPI comes it at about 23 WPI. So the yarn comes in at lace weight. (according to a chart from the internets, but honestly it feel more like fingering to me. I did measure a few times in different places)

My little skein of alpaca fluff spun as thin as I could and plied came out to 12 yards. I wish I had taken a picture of the amount of fluff I used.It wasn't much at all.

So for this little skein sits by me, being admired and petted.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week-Day 7

"There’s one love that we all share: yarn. Blog about a particular yarn you have used in the past or own in your stash, or perhaps one that you covet from afar. If it is a yarn you have used you could show the project that you used it for, perhaps writing a mini ‘review’. Perhaps, instead, you pine for the feel of the almost mythical qiviut? You could explore and research the raw material and manufacturing process if you were feeling investigative."

Yarn. I heart yarn. I would love to use the "mythical qiviut" It is suppose to be one of the softest fibers around. (it is from bison. It is not sheared it has to be picked after the bison shed it. Very labor intensive)

OK how about for the real world. I love me some STR. Socks That Rocks yarn from Blue Moon. Wonderful stuff. I would love to make a sweater out of it one day. It is a little pricey.
dragon dance
But the colors!
sock monkey yarn
knitters without borders

Oh the possibilities!


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week-Day 6

"Bring the fortune and life of a past finished project up to the present. Document the current state and use of an object you have knitted or crocheted, whether it is the hat your sister wears to school almost every day, or a pair of socks you wore until they were full of holes. Or maybe that jumper that you just didn’t like that much…?

Hmmmm I had to think a little on this one. A past FO. I make so many things that well nothing seems to get worn for long before something new comes along. But....

These are my Vog On socks. These were the first socks I had made for myself. I still wear them and in fact the picture was taken where I put my sock that need to be washed. They have there own little basket.

I tried looking but I can not find them in the blog of past. They might be before blog, or maybe I didn't blog about them. I am not sure. I used yarn from Knit Picks that has been discontinued. The wool is not superwashed but they have lasted a long time, many wearings, and many washing with no problems. I remember I liked the pattern very much and have always wanted to make another pair. Maybe soon.