In the comments for yesterday’s entry, Jen asked:
The top photo of the scarf makes it look self-striping…is that something that the roving’s colorway was meant to do, did you spin it with the intent of making stripes or did the stripes just sort of happen as you knit it?
Yup, it’s self-striping. If you go back to my January 20 blog entry, you’ll see a photo of some of the roving draped over Katarina. It’s dyed in sections — is this space-dying? I dunno nuthin’ about dying.
Anyhow, what I did was this: I pulled all 8 ounces of the roving out and divided it into two equal pieces by pulling it apart at the center point. Then I took one half and divided it into reasonable lengths, being careful to keep them in order. Each length of roving I carefully split lengthwise into four pieces, and spun each piece separately, being careful to start each piece from the same end. I repeated with each length of roving until I had spun the first half, 4 ounces, which fits on one bobbin.
I repeated the process with the second bobbin, then plied the two bobbins together. Presto, change-o, self-striping yarn!
I really really like the way this scarf is turning out.
I stopped by Knit Happens briefly after work yesterday, where Holly and Cindy very kindly ooh-ed and aah-ed over the scarf in progress. And I got to see Cindy’s mohair scarf in progress, which she’s knitting from my handspun rainbow mohair. If I had half a brain, I would have thought to take a photo of it, but no. Cindy does have a photo of the start of it on her blog, in this entry. She’s made nice progress on it since then.
Lee Ann asked:
I’m curious: are you knitting with the mohair plied or as singles?
Plied. And just for you (even though you did outbid me on that fiber auction on eBay), an extreme close-up.
This mohair was a birthday gift to me from L-B, and she got it at Holly Spring Homespun. I looked on their website earlier today and don’t see any mohair roving just now, but I’m betting she’ll have it back again. I’ve got another bag of her mohair roving, this one in purples, pinks, and blues. Yum!
Big-Ass Mitten Report
It was cold and windy today, so I wore my big-ass mittens over gloves to work. I am pleased to report that they worked beautifully! My delicate little fingers remained nice and warm during my commute. Big-ass mittens, I salute thee!
Lucy doesn’t need any mittens to stay warm.
I’m getting some . . . um . . . interesting entries into my “what’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever attempted to spin” contest (see yesterday’s blog entry for details). But here are a couple that I bet none of you can top:
Dear Miss Blog Contest Lady:
I once intentionally ripped a hole in my gut with a rusty Swedish Army Knife, and spun all my intestines into a very lovely doily! Am I a winner?
(name withheld to protect the entrant)
See now, that’s unusual! Too bad the entrant disqualified himself by submitting a second entry, which, of course, was expressly forbidden in the contest rules. Here’s the second entry:
Okay, so how about this TRUE story.? Once while in the Delta Quadrant, we landed on a Class B planet and in a Glpleckh bar, drinking Bechl all night, we left around greclhbreak, and just happened to pass a Blubslyk store, and noticed a sale on Gaggh fiber. How could I resist? I brought it home, and spun it up into some perfectly lovely blubslyk yarn. It’s still in my stash room, but I plan to knit it into a Blaghh sweater real soon.
Ahem. No comment.
I close my comments for the previous week’s blog entries every Sunday in my never-ending quest to battle spam. This morning I found seven spam trackback pings. Sigh. So I now close trackbacks for the previous week as well.