I'm a middle school band director, knitter, spinner, alpaca owner and fiber artist. These are my adventures in the worlds of teaching and fiber arts.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Plying some of my first wheelspun yarn
My awesome Fricke spinning wheel came with a bunch of different rovings for me to play with. I spun up a single of some Romney wool roving in natural brown, which I found to be very sticky and rough. Then I decided to experiment. I blended a bit of combed alpaca top in black with some merino/tencel top in teal. I just pulled apart the top and drafted the two colors together. This stuff was weird to spin because it was so slippery. I wanted to spin very thin singles so I went down a whorl size to add more twist, but it was tricky to find the right breakband resistance so the yarn would wind on before too much twist was added. The first singles were way overtwisted, but I was eventually able to draft fast enough to keep up with the twist. Neither the Romney, nor the alpaca/merino/tencel blend were enough to knit anything with, so I decided to practice plying with these singles. The result is this totally bizarre looking brown/black/teal blend, but the texture is interesting. I'm still plying right now. It will be interesting to see how the yarn turns out after I wash it to set the twist. I wonder what kind of bloom there will be, if any.
I'm a dog walker and dog trainer (now), among other things. I teach a little music part time too. I'm also a knitter, a spinner, and I'm very committed to fitness. I'm married to an amazing man who is supportive of all of my projects, especially my new venture into alpacas. Oh, and I'm also a huge fan of Lost, the tv show on ABC.
Spoilers ahead, if you haven't seen the most recent episode of Lost, don't continue reading. This week's theory comes to you courtesy of The Transmission, a Lost Podcast available on iTunes.
Locke was not Locke long before we realized it. As far back as season three. Back when he blew up the submarine, and had those interesting verbal sparring matches with Ben, Locke was really the anti-Jacob.