Sunday, 6 November 2016

a fibre post :-)


I'm not missing in action, just a little busy and stressed with real life.

On the spinning front, I have been working through the bags of oddments, small skeins of different breeds, perfect for hat knitting.

( as usual I still need to block this one and unusually it doesn't have a home yet, I may even keep it for myself!! )

Mainly white fleece at the moment but I have started on a bag of coloured Ryland, mainly dark grey with lighter patches. Although on the wheel tonight is some Jacob lamb.

the Ryland is being sorted and processed ready for the evenings next week

quite a range of greys!

Pete, aka wikkidknitter popped round last weekend to show me nis latest fleece purchases, all really nice and squishy and I sort of gained 1/2 a mule fleece at the same time. Of course this is now hidden away especially since I had a 3 kilo box of fleece delivered in the week!!

I'm thinking of getting the dye pot out at the weekend and dyeing some of the fleece before I prep it. I've not done this for years so I'm not really sure how good my dyes are at the moment. The only way to find out is to try it (then try to wash the dye out I suppose).

I've cast on the Dorset poll lamb yarn for the inside of the next hat and I'm looking for a pattern for a smaller hat to knit as well.

It has been pointed out to me that I probably have enough spun to knit a sweater or two. I've never knitted anything other that hats, mitts and shawls. Maybe one day but it seems to be the spinning process that I really enjoy at the moment.

so, Octobers spinning total, smallish skeins, Grey Ryland, light grey Norfolk Suffolk, 2 lleyn, 2 Portland, I texel and the green is small mule that I dyed several years ago but never got round to processing. In fact a lot of these were bags left over from when we used to do a lot of spinning demos.

have a great weekend x


Araignee said...

That hat is just spectacular and your fiber prep is making me long for some good weather so I can get into the fleece shed which has been sorely neglected all year.

Claire Moxon-Waltz said...

Ooooh, I love that hat! I rarely do any sort of colour-work. I am a bit intimidated by it really. I do have a pair of wrist warmers on the go but I have forgotten how to do the continental style with the second yarn and so I need to re-learn that to get back to them. I've never spun Ryland but it looks lovely! Are you GuzziSue because you have a Moto Guzzi? We took one on a test ride last year and it was great. Marc restores old bikes and has a Norton Commando that he's working on, which is quite rare here in Eastern Canada.

Guzzisue said...

Araignee, thanks for your comments about the hat:-) I'm hoping to get quite a bit of spinning done over winter :-)

Claire, I hold both yarns in one hand. just on different fingers, sort of :-) Yes, we have a Motoguzzi, amongst others, unfortunately mobility problems finally caught up with me about three years ago when I realised that I could no longer lift my leg off the foot rest when getting off the bike. Hubby still rides and eventually we plan to start travelling on 4 wheels and have some adventures on the way.
I find Ryland fairly easy to spin but it is a bit springy and can be quite deceptive as to how thick/thin its being spun.

btw there are pics of the bike on the blog..erm somewhere :-)