Friday, June 20, 2014

Spin Share

I'm working on spinning a little each day, and sharing my progress in this space on Fridays. 
Please join me! Share your spinning progress in comments- I'd love to see your work!

I wished for more spinning time this week, but my spinning fairy didn't show so I spent my limited spinning time this week prepping for what I hope to be a lot of spinning next week. The fiber I'm working with this week is Shetland in a pretty gray from Spunky Eclectic for my SPAKAL sweater. I have 2 pounds of this combed top and I divided it into 1 oz. balls this week in preparation for actually spinning come July 5. 

I also bought some leclerc 6" bobbins to use for storage bobbins and as of right now I'm planning to spin 1 oz. of singles on the wheel, then move that oz. to a storage bobbin. Then when I have about 9 oz. or so done I'll ply those singles and then go back to spinning singles. I had considered spinning all the singles first and then plying at the end, but I'm concerned about what that would do to my arms with so much plying in a row like that. I'm still thinking about it, but this is the plan for now.

Next week I'm going to finish my SPAKAL/Tour de Fleece prep by sampling and getting a good idea of what I'm aiming for in both my single and 3-ply. I'll start by splitting 1 oz. into thirds and spinning each third onto its own bobbin, then ply a small amount of 3-ply to knit with and make sure I'm getting a fabric I'm happy with. If it's not what I want, I'll adjust and spin up some more singles, ply and knit again. I'm planning to be officially ready to spin it up on Saturday July 5th for the Tour!

If you're planning to spin during Tour de Fleece and you need a team, please join us on Team Sasquatch! We would love to have you in this super encouraging group.

Have you been spinning this week? 

Share a link to your spinning progress in comments so that we can come visit your beautiful work!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Midnight Fiber and Fabric Podcast, Episode 13: Always Learning


Knit in Public Week is NOW! June 14-22. Find somewhere to knit in public this week.

Maker Faire Kansas City

Nerd Girl Yarns

Tour de Fleece July 5-27

Team Sasquatch

My Tour de Fleece goal: 30 minutes a day on work days, 60 minutes a day on "At home" days"

What I'm Making:

This week I finished My Mom's Purple Socks, and ALMOST finished the Citron. I cast on my Lookin' Jadey Socks and hunted down 2 in progress sweaters: Wildflower Cardigan by Alana Dakos and Soledad by Annika Barranti.  Do you have any toddler sweater suggestions?

In spinning, I'm getting ready to sample for the Harvest Sweater by Tin Can Knits and attempting to spin the yarn I want for this sweater.

Want to share your spinning progress? Join us for Spin Share on Fridays to share your progress.

I share some Garden Notes and a new segment called Always Learning talk about the book Simplicity Parenting and the Craftsy Class Sizing Knitwear Patterns.

Try New Things: How do you feel about Knit-Alongs?

Top 5: Favorite Summer Things (I mention: Door to Door Organics)

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