A Great Way to End the Year
This and That Friday

I've Been Bad - But, I'm Trying Hard to be Gooder

The title is just for the Knotty Grrls and Norma...at least it's not misspelt, is it!?  I just love reading Jen and La's year end recap of our Bloggerhood. They have their fingers on the pulse of the community at large. Make sure you have emptied yourself before you read and don't take anything personally. And Norma? What can one say about Norma that hasn't already been said?

I haven't been a very good host for the Twisted Knitters.  I've been just plain bad and haven't dyed, haven't spun (until now) and clearly can't start knitting without the other two things happening first.Judyselectriclakefinewool1  On a recent trip to Three Wishes, our local spinning shop (it's so nice to have Kristine here!), I picked up 4 oz of roving from Wasatch Watercolors (our own Ewe-tah grrl, Judy Jackson’s fiber company). The name is Electric Lake and it reminds me of the dyeing in  the Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook and the colors are just me!  The wool is so easy to draft and spin, the colors so vibrant and exciting. 

As a way to practice plying chained singles, I decided to spin a sample skein. Well, it didn't go very well...apparently it was too lightly twisted in a few places and the single broke frequently.  There will be much more practice before I can actually ply chained singles. The sample skein is really quite a mess, but I think I can see how it all works.   I'm not discouraged or frustrated...just a little disappointed in my abilities so far.
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So, onward and upward, I started again and this time there is more twist in the single.  The main challenge in learning to spin has been to get that single twisted!  The second attempt worked and I was able to make a two ply yarn that looks better and should be strong enough for sock knitting. (At least that's what I'm telling myself.) The goal for the next pair is a smaller grist, but that's getting ahead of myself a bit.

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The Swizzle Socks from Spindlecity, by blog pal Janine, was the inspiration for my spinning.  It was fun to mix up the Electric Lake colors and add a bit of undyed wool to create more contrast.  I'm actually considering toe up sucks socks so every bit of the wool can be used.

Jenny, shares some very good information on spinning for socks (along with a lovely post about her mother). It's this type of information that is so helpful for a new spinner and will guide me on my quest for workable yarn, especially sock yarn! 

Wish me luck with my first pair.

(My Bloglines feeds have exploded! Since the New Year weekend nearly everyone I read has posted at least once.. What did you all do...save up your posts until January!?) 

Comments

I'm so far behind on Bloglines... and then you go and post/link to people like Janine and Jenny and then there's two more on my list. ; )

It seems to me that new spinners fall into two camps - either over spinning or under spinning. Practice will get you to just the right amount of twist.

Didn't have me making your bloglines jump, did you? Heh. Soon, I hope.

Such lovely yarn is being spun for this blog. I have been having a bit of a rough go of it, but then yesterday I made myself pick up a spindle for a bit of practice before work and it was much improved. It is still sort of thin and thinner, and I have no idea if the twist is anywhere near the same at any two spots in the single, but I am not swearing and wanting to chuck the whole thing out a window, so progress. Of course, today is another day and I am a one step forward, two steps back kind of girl. Yes, you read it right, you should see how I type!

Oh wow! what lovely yarn :-) Glad you liked the sock pattern :-)

Eye candy as usual! Just beautiful.

Look at those skeins! Beautiful.

What can be said about me that hasn't already been said. I'm going to work today and I'll be analyzing that statement/question all day. Hahahahaah.

Ariann is lovely! The roving is lovely! The sock skeins are lovely! I see a trend here, but really, these days, everything is lovely! Blue skies!

Good luck! :) I bet the socks will be wonderful. How could they not be - hand-dyed, hand-spun, hand-knit... it's like the new Holy Trinity.

LOL - I was wondering that about bloglines, too!

If your "failure" yarn feels unloved, send it to me. I think it's awesome!! Of course, the success yarns are just stunning, and I can hardly wait to see those socks.

Hand-dyed, hand-spun, hand-knit: That used to be the only way anyone ever got socks. No wonder people didn't have many clothes back then! And no wonder they perfected the fine art of darning. Who has time to knit a whole new pair every time the heels wear thin?

You are so right about all the posting since New Year's weekend! I can't keep up (even when I'm reading at work - shhh don't tell anyone).

Wow, if that is your first chain-plying, I'm muy impressed! My first try didn't even get photographed, because I thought it might break the camera, it was so ugly!

And you're so lucky to have a local spinning shop . . .

Your first handspun socks will be wonderful, of course. They wouldn't dare be anything else.

luck luck and more luck!!

Lovely, Margeney colors! You have made so much progress in your spinning and have such a good understanding of what to change next, as well as the positive attitude to just do it without whining. That alone is a great contribution to Twisted Knitters.

I love the color combos the yarn came out in, very cool!

Very pretty yarn, and I love those spindle socks. Your socks will look fantastic!

The colors are beautiful so I'm sure your socks will be too! I'm thinking about picking up some Crown Mountain superwash in one of those sock hop colorways to do my own pair.

wow, those are beautiful! The best of luck with your pair of socks.

Oh, Margene... handpsun sock yarn! Naturally my eye goes right to the pink one, but that sort of icy-blue and white skein on the right is oddly compelling, too. I'm just amazed that you can do this so well, after so little time on the wheel. Clearly you were a spinner in a past life. ;-)

Your two-ply is gorgeous! The three ply is fun... novelty yarn? ;)

It will be a long time before I can spin sock yarn. Your's looks great!

That yarn is just amazing. I love all the color variations.

The yarn is great, even the one you weren't happy with. Do you *sample* before you spin an entire skein? That helps to see if there is enough twist before you invest lots of time. Sort of the spinner's gauge swatch!

Beautiful skeins!

Good luck!

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