Still waiting on news for C’s work. Decision day is next week. In the meantime, I’ve been chipping away at old projects, and trying to keep up with my wheel. One of the ways I’ve been focusing my spinning is to try spinning down all of the indigodragonfly club fiber I’ve accumulated over the past year.

(Also, the club for one of my favourite fiber-dyeing companies opened up in 2015, and I wanted to make a little fiber stash space before new stuff started arriving.)

This first skein is from the August shipment, I think – it’s BFL, and the colourway is “Clowntown Abbey.” I spun it end-to-end and chain plied for long colour repeats, thinking that I’d get a really cool self-striping sock yarn.

Indigodragonfly Club BFL

Indigodragonfly Club BFL

Instead, I ended up with about 140m of DK weight, which still self-stripes beautifully but is absolutely not enough yardage for socks. I think it’d make a really great hat or set of mittens, though.

This second skein is BFL/Silk, from a while ago (Rav tells me this is the November shipment) – I believe the colourway is called “The White Rug of Shame.” I chose it for the February challenge at 15 in 2015, which was to spin something red or pink for Valentine’s day.

Indigodragonfly BFL/Silk Handspun

Indigodragonfly BFL/Silk Handspun

This turned out as a gorgeous, gorgeous sport-weight with an amazing shine. Again, my put-up was not stellar (about 150m), and I’m still not totally sure what I’m doing to get such low numbers, but the yarn itself is really satisfying to look at. The colour was pretty dark, almost red-looking in the braid, but spun up it really started to shine and look like a nice pink-purple blend.


So, here is the thing. I have been pretty stressed lately with life stuff – we are waiting for news on C’s job training that will either mean a big cross-country move, or staying in the same city. I am a ‘planner,’ and not being able to think more than a few weeks ahead until we know the outcome is definitely tough.

I’ve been spinning up a storm, which helps a lot, but until recently I felt pretty ‘blah’ on my knitting. I’ve got a couple sweater projects on the go that just need a little finishing (one needs a mistake fixed in the button band, the other needs steeking and a little knitting), but not any real knitting, and I wasn’t feeling super-inspired with anything else I had on the needles.

But then I heard that my LYS was stocking Julie Asselin’s epic gradient kits. I am generally pretty good at resisting the impulse-buys, but this weekend felt like a reasonable time to treat myself.

Gradients!!

These have pretty much fallen off the needles, so far.

The pattern is Adrift, and they are basically socks – 54 stitch rounds on 2.5mm needles – but somehow going as fast as if they weren’t. I think some of that is the pink (I don’t wear a lot of it, but looking at it just makes me happy), and some of that is having to change skeins. The gradient is dyed as five mini-skeins, which means that there is flexibility in terms of how wide each colour stripe gets to be. Knitting towards ‘just until I join the next colour’ is so much more motivating.

I am planning to turn these into a hat and mitts set, and I am really excited to wear them. I think having these to work on has also helped my knitting get ‘unstuck’ a little – I’m thinking about sweaters, and thinking about rifling through my stash to see if there’s something I can get excited about in there.


Snow Day

I’ve been away from my camera for a couple of weeks due to job stuff, so I’ve been in that place of making lots of things that I’m not necessarily taking photos of or sharing. However, today is a snow day for me (sort of – I had it off work but had a bunch of errands planned, and cancelled them once I took a look at the weather!).

One of those things has been handspun. I wasn’t able to take my wheel on my latest trip, so I had a bit of a break from it. But since I got back, I’ve been getting back to my habit of daily spinning, and it’s been lovely. Working on small (150-100g) projects instead of a big long-term project has been so much fun, and it’s made me really excited about spinning again. I even sat down with my stash and took photos of all of the uncatalogued fluff for Ravelry, which always makes me feel so organized.

Homemade pink Sweet Georgia batts

Pink batt yarn

This first yarn is from two braids of SweetGeorgia, “Oxblood” and “Pomegranate” on BFL. They came to me after a long life of being handled and sitting on shelves, and when I sat down to spin them I found that they were pretty compacted! (This isn’t my usual experience with SG fibre, I think it has more to do with the life this wool led.) Rather than spend hours and hours aggressively predrafting, I let them sit in my stash for a while and marinate, thinking I’d figure out how to use them eventually. Which, funnily enough, I did!

Over the fall, a friend of mine borrowed an electric drumcarder to take on a huge fleece-processing project, and was kind enough to let me use it for an evening. I blended both colourways together on the carder, and ended up with two smallish batts to spin from.

This was my first time spinning from batts, and my first time spinning a true woolen yarn – I worked really hard on getting back into the habit of true long draw.

I seriously did think I was spinning super ultra fine yarn while I was making the singles, but after plying, it’s obviously a bulky-weight. I think I got about 170m out of 170g. Overall I’m a bit disappointed with yardage, but really pleased with the yarn. It’s very squooshy and just thick-thin enough to have a bit of personality.

Pink batt yarn

Indigodragonfly club merino/cashmere

The most recent spin off my wheel is this fiber, which is an 80/20 merino/cashmere from the Indigodragonfly fiber club. The colourway is “Et Tudyk, Wash?” and the name tickles me every time.

I got a bit better at spinning fine singles for this yarn, and ended up with about 140m of a chain-plied worsted weight. I’ve never spun a cashmere blend before, but it was really pretty fun! The finished yarn is sooooo squishy-soft, and the cashmere bloomed pretty impressively after washing.

Indigodragonfly club merino/cashmere

I am really pleased with how the colours spun up – it was dyed to have short colour repeats, so even with chain-plying it’s more of a variegated yarn than one that’ll self-stripe. I may just pet it and squeeze it and call it George for a while, before I decide to knit anything with it.


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