Stuff done: Spinning

I have been a bad blogger lately, but I’ve been a great spinner.

Following on the heels of my incredible sock success (the 4-day Monkeys), I decided to get busy spinning yarn. First, I finished off that logwood-dyed wool I bought at last year’s Sheep and Wool festival:

Remember this stuff? Well, I got sick of finding it in drawers, unspun, so I finished it off and learned navajo plying in the process:

All of it! Spun! I have no niddy noddy so I have no idea how much I’ve got, but it’s quite a lot. I navajo-plyed it because it’s kind of scratchy and I didn’t want to use it to make socks. Maybe a hat.

But it’s lovely to look at:

Or it would be if my camera was not so lame.

And then I was all excited and spun some cotton I haven’t photographed, which gave me the energy to spin up the Miss Bab’s roving (BFL top, unspecified colorway) that the Hockey Mom gave me at this past year’s Christmas party, and now I have (I hope) a skein of sock yarn:

It may not be a whole skein, but it sure is fingering weight:

Yeah. You saw that right. That’s a penny.

I’m kind of smug about this because when I first started spinning, I looked at other spinners’ yarns and was flabbergasted. How in the world did they manage to spin such fine yarn? And especially on a drop spindle! (I’m looking in your direction, Tsarina.) I’m still pretty flabbergasted, especially when it comes to figuring out how I managed to do the same. With a drop spindle! I have no idea.

Apparently wrestling with slippery, fiddly, cursed cotton is what it takes to spin up beautiful wool. And Miss Bab’s roving. Which, I might add, is pure bliss to spin. Such long fibers! Such beautiful colors! (And my spindle isn’t half bad, either.)

The CG offered to sell me her wheel and I think I’m going to take her up on it.

About HappyGoth

By day, I'm a graphic designer. By night, I'm a knitter. I'm doing my part to keep Hotlanta stylish. I imagine that if you don't already understand the title of the blog, you're probably confused and perhaps slightly annoyed, but never fear - I do have a reason (and it's a good one). Having gone to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and then having been inspired to blog about knitting, I found myself wondering what to call the blog. I recalled a conversation I had with Mouse and the Chicken Goddess about why it is a Bad Idea to anger knitters - this conversation was following SPM, aka the Yarn Harlot telling the assembled throng about Those Who Do Not Understand Knitting and Therefore Belittle It Much to the Chagrin of Others, or TWDNUKTBMCO, which is not the acronym she used but is the one I'm using because I forgot hers - that is, we are numerous and we all have very pointy sticks, easily transforming into an angry mob. Therefore, knitters = angry mob.
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4 Responses to Stuff done: Spinning

  1. sandy says:

    It’s beautiful! Your spinning is just wonderful. And, you’re right, spinning cotton seems to make everything else go easier.

    Sometime this summer I’ll have a spin-in here at my house and I’d love for you to come and bring your wheel.

    • HappyGoth says:

      Woohoo! That sounds like loads of fun. Can’t wait! (and thanks about the spinning – I go back and look at the pictures and marvel that I actually spun that; thanks so much for the awesome roving!)

  2. braveharlot says:

    Oooh! Wheel! *squee* What kind?

    • HappyGoth says:

      It’s one of those PVC jobs, made from a wheelchair wheel. I figure if it’s made of PVC, the husband won’t be as irritated with me bringing another thing into the house. Hee.

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