I don’t crochet. Well, I do, but just barely. Those who were at the retreat this past weekend and saw me laboriously crocheting a chain for the finishing class will attest to that.
(And thank you to all of you who didn’t snicker while watching me.)
But getting to the point, Annie Modesitt is compiling crochet projects for a crochet calendar that will be published by Accord Publishers. These are the people who put out the 2005 Knit Project a Day Calendar.
Annie’s looking for patterns for the calendar. If you are interested in contributing, check out her information page here. There’s a button for this in my sidebar — clicking on it will take you to the info page.
Look at what Eklectika! sent me (and I immediately spun up):
It’s a sample of merino/alpaca/silk blend from Margaret Peel in Australia. Doesn’t it look sinfully yummy?
She also sent me a couple of “W” stitch markers
And . . . believe it or not . . . a Spongebob catnip toy for Lucy!
So I’m spinning happily along. I only did a very little knitting yesterday as my wrist was hurting after only half an hour.
I love my new Kundert spindle. It spins much easier for me than the Bosworth. It’s a bit lighter weight than the Bosworth, weighing in at 1.2 ounces, and the whorl is larger in diameter — about 3.5″.
I have been plying my singles from both ends of the same ball. I saw Bess do this at the retreat — she wound a center pull ball and then plied using both ends of the ball. I looked at some instructions for Andean plying and gave that a try last night.
Dena asked if I considered spinning exotic fibers. The answer is a resounding YES! I’ve spun up some semi-exotic samples — silk and alpaca. I’ve got some more that I haven’t gotten to yet — some camel from the samples that Dena sent, and more silk. L-B gave me a little carton of pure angora at the retreat, and while there I tried a tiny bit of that. I loved the alpaca sample I spun.
So . . . does anyone have any good sources for some truly exotic fibers I can try? Yak, as Dena mentioned, sounds particularly alluring. I think I need some qiviut too.
And Alice, thank you for your comment: “If I can master the coordination necessary for wheel spinning anyone can.” I really am very uncoordinated. I always sucked at video games because my eye-hand coordination is non-existent. But I suppose at some point I’ll go somewhere where I can quietly try out a number of different wheels. Maybe I’ll find one I love.
I loved this comment from Pat: “Remember – you can buy perfect yarn. The little irregularities in handspun give it “character”. Have fun!”
That’s exactly how I feel about it. I wanted to learn to spin so I could spin small amounts of exotic fibers to knit little projects. I think Lucy will have a lot of exotic catnip mice soon.
Here’s something I did Monday night:
This is pink merino with white silk slubs in it. I love it!
Oh, and I guess I should show you some more of the stuff I bought at the retreat.
Yarn from Spirit Trail Fiberworks!
I bought all these yarns to make a shawl in stripes. L-B saw what I picked out, and sneakily bought this for me.
Handpainted silk caps in the same colorway, to spin up as an accent yarn for the shawl. Wasn’t that sweet of her?
Do I have more fiber purchases? Why, yes I do. I’m dragging out showing it over several days so I can kid myself into thinking I didn’t buy that much.
Don’t think that will really work, though.