My skills improve with every spin of the wheel. The first time I tried to spin Teyani's CMF superwash roving turned out to be a disaster. But, after several more weeks of practice with many varieties of wool, my skills have caught up with my desire. 'Satisfaction' is spinning up on the bobbins very nicely and there has been great improvement with my spinning skills in general. Intuition has kicked in to help me find the right wheel settings for each fiber and my hands can do what my brain knows they should. Drafting has improved and is much more consistent, which pleases me to no end. Two bobbins are almost full and, here's the ground breaking part...a third will be spun in order to make my first 3-ply yarn!
I give credit the Friday Night Spinners for my production increase. I was able to put in about an hour on the wheel before we set out for Park City and dinner with the Mr E and Laurie. Even if I only have 10 minutes or so, I'll head for the wheel because, as with knitting, bits of time do add up over the days. By the end of the week I hope to be plying all three singles.
Spinning well with superwash has given me a bit more confidence, so I may need to try and spin the merino/tencel from Erin’s Twisted Knitters Fiber Club. Silver Bells arrived last month and at first I was completely intimidated. While I may wait a bit longer before actually spinning with this luscious colorway, I won't be so worried about doing a good job.
Monica asked why I didn't like knitting with my hand spun. The yarn just isn't the best for yarn for socks and it has a bit too much texture. I shouldn't complain too much, as it is rather rewarding to knit with your own (albeit bad) yarn. Progress has been made...the foot will be a darker color and there will be detail around the cuff with more white yarn and another that is predominately bright pink (as seen in yesterdays photo).
One of my favorite knit items has been my Sally Melville Gauntlets. I've been wearing them under gloves for extra warmth and find I just can't live without them in this freaking cold. The other day, in an email, Ann said that mitts were the 'new socks' and they do seem to be all the rage.
There are patterns all over Blogland and Knitty's Fetching had to be the 'gift of the year'. However, I'm rather partial to Ann's two new designs and will be knitting them with some of my burgeoning sock yarn stash (on the left). This is proof that you can never have too much sock yarn as it can be used for everything from scarves, shawls, mitts, AND socks. Oh yes, and mitts are a great way to use hand spun yarns, too.
Speaking of socks...you can show solidarity with sock knitters everywhere, and especially the Blue Moon grrls, by displaying Sonya cool button. Show your socks, come on! You know you want to!