What was I Thinking?
I’m working on at least four projects with due dates, only three of which I have started, and I’m starting a new craft. This seems crazy.
Honestly, I wasn’t. Thinking was something I was unable to do. Spinning, I could manage.
I couldn’t think for the past few days, because I had a migraine. Yes, a migraine which lasted (on and off) for about two days, which mine generally do. So while I wasn’t lying down in a dark room, or scalding my head under pounding hot water, or shuffling around in a haze of uselessness and despair, I still wasn’t in any shape to knit. True, I’ve got a couple of decent ‘no brain needed’ projects going right now, but even those would have required more ‘cope’ than I could possibly muster.
On the other hand, my drop spindle didn’t require much brain power. At least, not at my level of expectation. And the spinning was relaxing, almost hypnotic. So, basically, my migraine meant that I finished that half ounce of sample yarn which came with the Alphyn spindle very quickly.
See, that’s lot of yarn, volume wise. It’s also (supposedly) a single. Yup, fuzz brain, needed the round and round, couldn’t make anything thin and fine and delicate, and you know what? I don’t care in the slightest. I took this big chunky single and wrapped it around my hand.
This weird little cat’s cradle looking thing is the beginning of an Andean Bracelet. This is a technique which lets you reach both ends of the single at the same time, to easily ply them together without tangling. It didn’t take very long at all to transfer the whole spindle to my hand.
Then I could have just held the two ends together, and plied them directly. I was cowardly, however, and didn’t want to be stuck with the bracelet still around my wrist if I couldn’t do it all in one sitting, so I wound the two ends onto my nostepinne as a center pull ball.
Then I just attached the two ends of the single to the same spindle and spun it in the opposite direction. Here you can really see how fat the yarn is.
Since I don’t have a niddy noddy to neatly skein and measure my yarn, I set my umbrella swift to a one yard diameter and kept track of how many times I could wrap the plied yarn around it.
As it turns out, I had almost (but not quite) seven yards. This is from a little less than half an ounce of fiber, that’s a lot of weight for a little length… A quick check counting WPI (wraps per inch) told me it was ‘super bulky’ yarn. In my migraine fuzzed state I didn’t believe it, so I weighed it, and took a look at the bottom of my Knit Picks yarn scale, which also told me it is super bulky yarn.
So I soaked it, and whacked it a few times to even out the twist.
Then I hung it up to dry, and wrapped it neatly up.
So here it is. Super sloppy, bulky, uneven, not very much of it… I don’t care. I think it’s beautiful and I really love it. I’m pretty sure I’d have had to rip out and reknit any of my ‘on a deadline’ projects, so I don’t begrudge myself the time ‘wasted’….
On the other hand, this Jacob/Alpaca fleece which has been hibernating in my stash for years (not always under a cat) is just going to have to wait.
Blog Contests and Giveaways
I didn’t win the tea from Lisa Bogart. She’s not doing any December giveaways, but please check out her blog, she’s putting up wonderful Christmas album covers you won’t want to miss. I entered the Phat Fiber Drawing (20 December) for a skein of handspun hand dyed yarn from Willow Fairy Wool.