Well, it’s “Spinning and a bit of knitting Sunday”
I’ve nearly finished plying the blue/purple-stuff-with-lumps-of-silk-and-random-bits-of-other-colours-in-it fibre on the plying spindle my dad and I made.
And a close-up on the notch (scoured out by my fair hand!)
I bought myself a new, lighter, spindle so I could make thinner yarn (more on that later) and it came with an ounce of Blue Faced Leicester fibre to play with. And play I did!
I decided I needed to use it straight away so I fished around on Ravelry for a suitable pattern and came up trumps with Cotton Reel Mitts by Ysolda, from Whimsical Knits 2. I had already purchased the e-book so I was ready to go pretty quickly.
I used the alternate cable cast on for the 1/1 rib (a modification of the pattern which uses an i-cord for the start).
The colour contrast between the yarns isn’t great, but as a way of hiding and protecting my precious yarn I think it will do well. I just hope I have enough!
Now, on to the spindle!
I got it from Wildcraft and, being completly honest here, I got it mainly because it’s pretty. Yes, I’m shallow and yes, I’m fine with it! Shown here with a humbug (mixed fibre) natural black Shetland wool and bleached tussah silk.
And here’s the top of the whorl when it had the BFL on it
Oh. In the comments to my previous post, Sil asked how I managed to do so much. No easy answer other than I’ve always been busy. Even when I’m ill I’m doing something. For me, knitting, crochet, sewing and now spinning, are a great way to relax and unwind. Things are a little stressful for me right now and to be able to switch most of my mind off and just focus on a stitch in a garment or the twist of a fibre is very helpful. I’ve talked before about my mental health problems and I honestly believe that my involvement with crafting does help me keep on a more even keel than I would otherwise be.
Wow. That got deep, didn’t it?! More shallowness next time!
Disclaimer: Because some idiots spoiled the party for all of us, I must state that I have not been paid by, nor work for, any company or individual mentioned here. Anything shown was purchased by me and was not gifted.