Tuesday, June 13, 2006


Generally when life starts getting to me and I start feeling overwhelmed, I can't knit or spin. I know many who knit through the hard times, I am not one of them. Add the hot summer weather to that, and you'd think I collected chopsticks for all the good my knitting needles do.

But this spring-into-summer I've had an extra blessing - some wonderful new friends who are all interested in learning to spin. Watching the spark as they first 'get it' when they're drafting, watching the glow of romance when they sit down at the wheels that are right for them... They are so inspiring to me, I've been spinning up a whirlwind.

You saw this on the bobbin a few days ago. It's three ply sock yarn, and I would have sworn I spun up 4 ounces, but when I weighed the finished hank it was only 3. Crap. Maybe she likes short socks. Ah, well, I have more of the fiber, so I'll spin more if she needs it.

This is just a tiny hank for a friend who's having a rough time right now. I blended together dark blue wool (the same as the blue in the above hank, actually) to remind her to stick to the basics, with light blue silk to remind her she has the strength to shine, and white angora, so she never forgets to rely on the warmth of friends. It's bumpy and soft at the same time - like life.

And this is all for me.

I decided I wanted a big, soft, cushy sweater, maybe a turtle neck, just for me. It will be very simple, for wear with blue jeans and bumming around. And this is the wool to do it with - a gorgeous fluffy, spongey roving I bought at the VA Fall Fiber Festival last fall.

It'll just be a simple two-ply, letting the colors blend where the will. I'm spinning it slightly larger and softer than my fall-back comfort yarn (what I spin on automatic) and the test yarn (which I should have taken a picture of, sorry) was exactly what I wanted. I think I'll full the sweater slightly, so that it can still be soft spun without pilling too much, but again, it's just for ultra comfort casual situations. Not those white tie affairs I frequent so often...


Blogger trek said...

I absolutely love the colors in your sock yarn there.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Beautiful handspuns, Amie. I love the one you gave to C - that was so nice of you!

10:32 AM  
Blogger Coleen said...

Can't wait to see the sweater all knit up - those colors are beautiful.

10:34 AM  
Anonymous PuppyMomma said...

I can't wait until I'm good enough to spin yarn for my own sweater. That stuff looks so yummy!

10:46 AM  
Anonymous twig said...

I wish I could spin. I just can't get the hang of it.

11:32 AM  
Blogger Kadiddly said...

Yum! Gorgeous! (All of it!)

12:11 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Your spinning is gorgeous--I especially love the red and blue sock yarn.

1:17 PM  
Blogger The Purloined Letter said...

What a kind thing to do for your friend.

Love the new spinning for your sweater, too!

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it... and I do love me some short socks!!!!

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aunt Amie!

B E A U T I F U L ! ! !

The sweater is gooing to be Yummy!!

Love Emma & Grace
(By the way . . . Mom's in love :-)
(We have approved!)

3:33 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

I love love love that sweater yarn! Hmmm...maybe I can spin a bit tomorrow. I want that feeling of knowing what it will be all through the spinning, making intentions come true. You're an inspiration for me today!

8:41 PM  
Blogger Bess said...

Oh I am sure that sweater yarn will be a dreadful color on you. Perhaps you should let me make something out of it and I will test wear it just to be sure.

kidding aside, it's gorgeous. It's all gorgeous. And what fun to be teaching others to spin

7:36 AM  
Blogger LaliƤna :) said...

Those comfort-casual colors are gorgeous! Love that!

10:31 AM  
Blogger eunny said...

I can't believe you managed to capture the colors in that sock yarn so perfectly. Gorgeous, gorgeous...and that sweater yarn! Oh! I'm so jealous! I'll look so good on me! Right?

5:18 PM  
Blogger tangelled angel said...

Love everything you have done here, you have inspired me to even greater things and I will be itching to get onto my spinning wheel now!

9:22 AM  

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