Have been working on that red alpaca. I decided to spin it up before hitting it with more dye to get the shade of red I wanted. I decided to go for a fine low twist single because life is too short and precious to spend it spinning up that much yarn and plying it. Its for a delicate lace shawl so skewed knitting wont be an issue neither will be heavy wear. Although alpaca can felt and look a bit ‘grungy’ (you know like dreadlocks) I don’t plan to give this the full fulling treatment so its a risk that I am prepared to take.
I’ve been thinking about blogging for some time and, recently being given the luxury of a bit of free time, now seems to be the time.
Also, my significant other suggested that it might be time for me to seek a wider audience for my obsessive compulsive talking about yarn. Yes, I had noticed the glazed expression as I excitedly rub my latest experimental efforts all squooshy and mooshy in his face.
So fibre is a big subject, what do I talk about? What do you want to know? I’m already feeling the pressure to come up with something good. I suppose a good place to start is a list of the three things I’ll be talking about:
Spinning – I spin. It’s a compulsion. It’s my greatest pleasure (almost). Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t but it’s always, always completely absorbing.
Adventures in colour – I dye my own fibre and undertake intrepid experiments in colour and texture. Getting batty with the carder. Sometimes it comes out awesome other times not.
Knitting – I knit mostly from my own handspun yarns so experimental is the key word here. Sometimes it turns out good sometimes it goes wrong. I think I must knit every project three or four times over before it’s finished. I will be talking about my adventures with needles. Recently I’ve got into top down construction and that, my friends, has been a revelation!
From the list you’ve probably noted that I am somewhat of a control freak. I like total artistic control when it comes to the yarn I use for my projects. This often comes from a picture in my head of what I want to end up with and the only way to do that is to start with the raw material. I will be taking you along with me in my adventures in fibre. I make mistakes, many and often, but that’s the wonderful nature of experimentation, there is always something to learn and sometimes it’s incredible. I hope to pass on what I learn from those experiments in fibre. In the meantime you might like to look at some of my projects on the projects page.
I can’t wait to get started but I’ve got a workshop to build, a batt of gorgeous purples, greys and black BFL/Alpaca/Seacell batt that I’ve just taken of the carder that just needs spun into a corespun yarn and then there’s that red alpaca lace shawl for my sisters birthday that I really, really need to crack on with…..
I will get back to you and tell you about it later.