To start with, the obligatory weekly pony club block.
This was one of those blocks that looked way more complicated when I was staring at the templates than when I actually started making it. Essentially, it goes together like a pizza (or pie, or whatever round-food-cut-into-triangular-food simile you prefer). Once that “clicked” for me, this came together really easily.
This is also one of the last blocks I’ll be able to do with this background fabrics. I’ve worked my way through most of the beige fat quarter, with just enough left for one more, if I’m careful about how I cut things.
The other thing I’ve been working on this week is spinning. A little bit for a spinning class I’m taking at my local yarn shop, and a little bit I’ve been working on for a while.
I took the fiber from this post, and turned it into yarn.
The fiber I used came gradient-dyed – one end of the braid was pink, the other was green, and the colour went from purple to blue to teal in between. I wanted to keep that progression, and had a vague idea that maybe it would be nice to have the option to do something that came in a set, like mittens. So I split the fiber down the middle, into to equal-ish pieces.
I spun each half from end to end, and then chain-plied my singles to keep the colour progression. This left me with the two skeins up top – each of them progresses from pink to green in the same order, from end to end.
They don’t match perfectly, unfortunately. See how the top skein is slightly bigger than the bottom one?
Yeah. There’s about 10g difference between them – one is 65g and 140m, the other is 55g and 95m. This isn’t a huge deal, but it means that if I do make a matching pair of something, the colour progressions aren’t going to line up exactly.
Still, it’s a very squishy worsted-weight yarn that I’m pretty pleased with. And it’s a merino-silk blend, which is hard to go wrong with.