|Interrupted the blue batt spinning to spin up the alpaca blend light brown, but then I *had* to spin the purple.|
This time it was because one of my favourite designers, AnimaKnits on Ravelry, had inquired if I'd want to test another of her amazing new shawls. Of course I do! Alas, I didn't seem to have the appropriate yarn in my stash. The obvious solution was to look in my other stash - the fibre stash - where I found 8oz of this gorgeous purple merino-silk top from several years ago. The design features tulip flowers, so it seemed a great colour choice. (The listed colourway on this purple is "garnet", which I think is a misnomer, except for the occasional red fluff in the top.)
Thus began the race to spin up two bobbins and ply them together on my quill so that I could cast on. Then, as I was knitting (not simultaneously), I started on filling those bobbins again for a second skein which I finished just in time as the first ball of yarn ran out. Repeated this again for a third skein with the remaining fibre.
While I was spinning I decided it could be fun to record a video about this process, especially for my non-spinning friends who are interested in my hand-spun yarns. In the video below I finish a second bobbin of singles and then switch to plying on my quill/wheel-spindle. My spinning/tea room is quite cool (cold), which is why I am wearing a hat and cowl (also knit from hand-spun). It took me far too long, I sheepishly admit, to realize that my foot on the floor would be much warmer if I placed the wheel on top of one of the blocking foam boards sitting right behind the shelving. I'd been thinking of making a carpet for in front of the wheel. (I will, eventually.) I also feel obliged to add that the wheel is not normally this noisy but my treadle doesn't like how I am repeatedly trying to start treadling from a near-stop while I'm talking/distracted and because I am twisting my body a lot while I talk my foot isn't resting in the correct position. One of my bobbins also just turned chatty in the cold dry weather as I started the project. I normally enjoy near-silent spinning.
Coming soon - finished shawl photos. (As soon as I finish, that is. There are a couple of bobbins being plied right now before I can wrap this project up.)