I have spent the better part of this week flitting from craft to craft – a wee bit of stitching, a wee bit of spinning, some knitting here and there. But I haven’t done a good spinning update in a while, so I thought I’d start there.
After I finished my handspun swatch hat, I decided I was ready to start in on the fiber I dyed for my handspun sweater project. (That hat, by the way, worked out really well! I managed a gauge of 4 to 4.5 stitches/inch, which is what I want for my final sweater.)
I spent about an hour pre-drafting half of the fiber, getting everything ready to spin. I’m starting with the two braids on the far right of the top photo – the dark blue and the brown-purple – and blending them together as Colourway 1. I don’t really want to spend time carding, so instead I split the fiber up into bits approximately one staple length long, and am combining the colours by picking up handfuls from each colour at random.
I’m spinning up 100g at a time, trying to match the yarn I spun for my swatch-hat. It looks a little thick-thin in the bobbin, but I’m trying not to get too precious about it. One of the things I have learned from this year of frequent spinning is that plying and knitting are very forgiving acts – a lot of the yarn that I thought looked uneven on the bobbin has knit up looking really beautiful and consistent.
I’ve also been working slowly through my Mysterious Halloween Town Sampler, which is absolutely destroying me with its tiny gothic cuteness. I am all finished the first two charts, and am starting in on the third. I think it’s helping me to have the chart released in parts – looking at it altogether it’s a pretty overwhelming size, but done in bits, it felt manageable.
(I must admit, I’m also eyeing some of their mini-patterns. I bought a cross-stitched pincushion at City of Craft last year and love it to bits, and like the idea of making my own.)
I want to try to keep up with this, so that I can have it framed. Because, whatever, if I am going to spend this many hours cross-stitching something, it is going on the wall.