Let’s not spend too much time discussing how it’s been a month since I last blogged, whoops! The last month has been a bit of a rough ride in terms of work – I had to sit a big professional exam, which pretty much took over March and April, and then had a bunch of other big projects that consumed most of my free hours during the month of May. It’s left me with time to craft (and lots of time working in the evenings to Instagram photos of my cats) but not always enough time or energy to blog about it.
But what have I been working on?
Well, lots of spinning, to start.
I’ve been doing not too badly at keeping up with my plan of spinning every day – I had a good week around my exam where I fell off the wagon, but I’ve been OK since then. Most days I only get in 5 or 10 minutes, but it keeps my hands in practice for the days when I have more time at the wheel, and it makes the spinning go surprisingly quickly. I even finished some yarn recently!
This is Northbound Knitting Romney fiber, dyed in a colourway called “Mr Crowley.” I totally love this colourway – it ‘read’ as mostly black in the singles, but once I got it plied and washed it turned into this really neat navy-black with lots of brighter blue and pink notes. It’s got a lot of complexity, and I dig it.
This was also my first time spinning Romney, and unfortunately I didn’t love the yarn aside from the colour – it reminds me a lot of Lopi in terms of its texture and overall scratchiness, which is not to my taste. It’s not a bad yarn, spinning-wise, but I think I was just expecting a softer finished fiber based on how it felt in the braid. I struggled with what I was going to do with this when I finished – it’s too prickly for hats or mitts or scarves. I’ve set it aside with my worsted-weight scraps, which will likely end up as a blanket sometime next year.
I did lots, lots more crafting over the past month, which I’m hoping to share soon. I have a break coming up, and I can’t wait to use it to get back to making things.