|My beautiful handspun|
Because it was early on a workday, I told myself I had to be somewhat disciplined, so I allowed myself an alternating schedule of 15 minutes of wheel time and 30 minutes of work. After the first 15 minutes, I was a little frustrated and ready to walk away from the wheel. After the second 15 minutes, it was going better, and I told Kelie that I was now motivated to finish my drop spindle project so that I could start the next braid on a wheel. She asked me why I didn't just finish my current drop spindle project on the wheel, and I replied that I couldn't possibly get the fiber to look as good on the unpracticed wheel as it did from my spindle. Yeah, right.
After the next 15 minutes of practice, I transferred the section of spun fiber off my spindle onto a wooly winder bobbin, and said goodbye to the spindle. I recommenced work on the fiber spinning project I started last summer during Tour de Fleece, which had stalled out due to my waning interest in the drop spindle. Between July 2011 and the magical day I tried the wheel, I had completed 2.5 oz of the 4 oz of fiber I purchased. By 10pm that night, I finished the remaining 1.5 oz, and it looked every bit as good as my spindle-spun singles - and had a tighter spin to it.
The next day Kelie gave me a tutorial on plying, and I took to it with great resolve! By 10pm that night, I had finished plying all my singles. Final yardage tally: 484 yards!!! I was hoping to get 400, so I was really please to have as much as I did.
|Ethereal Triangular Shawl (Rav: sarahboirin)|
|Needles' Travelling Socks|
So it's Friday - almost 5 o'clock, and that means happy hour knitting in my book! I'm trying some sugar free margarita mix...