Sunday, April 6, 2008

Picture Success

Yesterday it was sunny, so I decided to try again with the camera. Turned out pretty good. Here's photos of two lovely braids of Bluefaced Leicester top, from theytoldmesew on etsy. They are Blueberry Bloom (3.8 ounces):

Yellow/Green/Blue BFL

and Blueberry Pie (5 ounces):

Blue/Purple/Pink BFL

While spinning my corriedale batt I realized that I have yet to knit with any of the yarns I've spun on my ladybug! Scandalous. Part of the problem is that I've been working on the aforementioned clearing of the knitting projects, and part is not having a particular project in mind when I sit down to spin some fiber. But I don't want to have to think through an entire project in order to get spinning, at least not yet (I'm sure that at some point I will see a pattern that begs to be knit with handspun, and then I'll have to do some planning). I figure I can get around this by spinning quantities of yarn that are versatile enough to be used in a variety of projects. I guess that would be a sport-to-DK weight plied yarn. Anyway, spinning a versatile yarn means that I need to have enough yardage to get something bigger than a pair of wristwarmers. So instead of spinning these two braids up separately, I'm thinking they'll go quite well spun up together, continuously:

BFL Rainbow

Isn't that pretty? I just adore this picture soooooo much! Altogether, it's almost 9 ounces of fiber, more than in my newly spun-up Sheep to Shoe kit:

Lucy Handspun

This is what I was spinning last week. It's 8.5 ounces of superwash merino, dyed by the color genius Tina at Blue Moon Fiber Arts in the Lucy colorway. These colors were inspired by Wendy's beautiful ragdoll kitty. Dark brown, tan, and cream for her fur, and beautiful clear blue for her eyes. Awwww! Makes me want to get a kitty. I got about 320 yards of very dense sport-to-DK weight yarn. This was always intended for socks, and they will probably be very thick boot socks or house socks.

I'm sorry I didn't get any action shots of the Lucy yarn as singles or on the wheel, but I was so into the project that when I got home from work every evening, I wanted to spin rather than photograph. I don't really want the blog to go this route, and I've been thinking, trying to figure out how to blog during the week. I do quite a bit of knitting and spinning in the evenings after work, and these past two weeks I feel as though bloggable material has piled up until it reaches critical mass on Saturday morning and I have to blog or start skipping projects altogether. Any pictures I take during the evening tend to come out very bad, due to lighting conditions, so... I don't know. I'm still trying to figure it out. Maybe the answer is to get a good full-spectrum lightbulb I can use with my lightbox. Maybe the answer is to just sleep less (although that solution doesn't work as well as it did when I was in college). I'd like to move to an every-other-day or three-times-a-week regular update schedule. We'll see how it goes, I guess!

1 comment:

Lakin Khan said...

love the colors and the photos! fascinating to see what you're doing. Your spinning/knitting corner sounds very cozy and inviting, too, just right for you.

I know what you mean about the blogging schedule, though. Never enough time, so much to blog.

Lakin