Thursday, June 15, 2006

I don' kno' why-yi-yi I love you like I do...

This is the first bobbin. It's what you saw partially filled Monday evening when I first started spinning up the roving.

I am not obsessing over thickness or evenness, just trying to keep it vaguely "a bit thicker than my normal comfort zone"

This is the second bobbin. I can't get a good representation of the colors, which go from a deep purple, through a bright purple, to nearly white, to bright yellow, to deep gold, to a burgandy to a rich purpley-red. I'd have to take a photo every fifteen minutes to show you all the colors, though it does stay mostly in the purple family.

This is the third bobbin. The roving is so springy, I'm already daydreaming about what colorways the company (no website, sorry) might have at the Fall Fiber Fest
this year... They sold their rovings in prepackaged bags of sweater-sized lots and this colorway (Iris) just spoke to me.

This is the fourth bobbin, as it stood five minutes ago. 15 ounces done since beginning Monday and I'm anticipating finishing the final nine ounces by Saturday. Then onto plying. I'm looking forward to seeing how the colors look even more muddled up by plying.

All set for plying, here are the ten storage bobbins so far. I should have 16 or 17 by the time I'm done spinning the singles, then I'll ply them together oldest to newest into a two-ply.

My reasons for doing this are both colorwise - there seems to be a little more yellow and green as I work towards the bottom of the roving, and this will balence that; and also one's spinning tends to gradually move towards ones comfort zone through long projects. I'm aware of that, so I think I'm battling it, but it means that my first spun will be plied with my last spun and balence that out as well.

I think it's going to be a terrific casual sweater that I'm apparently going to have to keep close eye on, judging from all the covetous messages I got this week...

I don't know why I'm so determined to get this spun up this week... I just am....

DONE! Friday at 3:10pm. So 24 oz of wool spun in less than 10 hours of spinning!
Let the Plying Begin!!!


Blogger Bess said...

Goodness gal - you are a speed demon spinner! It's all lovely, though.

I wonder if I could stand myself if I ever spin a whole sweater's worth of yarn!

So proud of you hon.

5:10 PM  
Anonymous PuppyMomma said...

Actually, I'll tell you not to let me near those bobbins, because if I do, you may never get to knit that sweater!

5:48 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

I can't even manage a sock's worth. You are a speed demon!

7:03 PM  
Blogger Shell said...

Keep going! Some projects are just begging to be spun, plyed and knit.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Shea said...

It's gorgeous yarn and I'm sure it will be a lovely sweater... I got possessed by some pink merino once... just HAD to spin the whole bit... my obsession now is origami... going to get those 1000 cranes done by golly!


7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is mind boggeling that you have done all this work, just for us... then you are gonna knit it all up into a sweater . . . we just ask that you leave the end string visible, so when we play with it, it will be easy to unravel!
You are such a giving mom . . .

Trevor & Aslan

hee hee

8:35 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Very lovely singles! That yarn will be wonderful!

Oh, and add a sock for me to the total!

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Kendra said...

Count me among the covetous.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Beautiful colors, wish I could fondle it a little....

1:04 PM  
Blogger The Purloined Letter said...

Gorgeous colors!! Can't wait to see how it looks all plied and knit!

2:12 PM  
Blogger eunny said...

Sister Friend, THIS is why I want to spin so badly. Beautiful, just beautiful...and FAST! WhooT!

3:57 PM  
Blogger Robknits said...

Oh my god. There is a fall fiber fest in October in Virginia. I am DEFINITELY going to attend!

5:13 PM  
Blogger Coleen said...


12:52 AM  
Blogger LaliƤna :) said...

I know nothing about bobbins or spinning or plying...

But you'd better never let me near the finished sweater.

Laura :)

12:53 AM  
Blogger Teri S. said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! It's going to make such a lovely sweater.

10:14 PM  
Blogger Midsummer night's knitter said...

that spinning looks good - I'm trying to get in the thinner part of my comfort zone just now. It's tricky, going against the grain

11:32 AM  
Blogger DianeS said...

Wow, that is some speedy spinning! It looks quite lovely and I'm looking forward to seeing it plied and then as a sweater.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous anna said...

Can I ask what type of bobbin you are using? It doesn't look like a woolee winder yet I didn't see any "hooks" to move the yarn? Also - excuse the ignorance I am new to spinning and just looking for some pointers - how do you use the storage bobbins? I assume you are winding off from the bobbin on the wheel to the "storage bobbin? Thanks

5:39 PM  

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