I’ve been spinning this gorgeous fiber for a few days now, and I finally decided that it’s the colors of a peach. Or else a very old bit of exquisite Chinese embroidery. Whichever, it’s dyed Baby Camel/Tussah Silk from Spirit Trail Fiberworks. I have eight ounces, and I think I’ve used about two and a half to almost fill this bobbin. That means I have something close to a gazillion yards so far, and a bazillion or two left to go. I’m going to stop and ply it when I have about two gazillion, which will be enough for a rectangular shawl, don’t you think?
At first I was spinning a perfectly even and very fine yarn (don’t ask me the wpi), but after just a bit, and a little test-plying, I decided to let there be some long-ish slubs. I like it better now, slightly uneven but still generally uniform. I can do this on Mister Reeves, see. It’s a walk in the park for this wheel.
This afternoon’s spinning was accompanied by the audio of Philip Pullman’s Golden Compass. This is a wonderful book to spin to! I’ve read all three of the His Dark Materials books, but it’s been a few years. I have 10 hours and 40 minutes of enchanted spinning (and driving) to look forward to!
You’d think that I haven’t been knitting much, considering, well, the lack of knitting content in this space lately. I have been knitting a bit, but I’m working on a couple of projects that I’m “not at liberty” to discuss. I’m also still getting over the aches and pains of what I’m calling my “Lost May,” and it’s been uncomfortable to knit for more than a few minutes at a time. That horror seems to be over, and I’m picking up the needles more often without wincing. One thing I learned last month: when I feel really really sick, I am. The doctor will confirm it, so there’s no use pretending it’s not happening. Enough said.
Some of my six readers (about the same number as Clara!) might have noticed a “new” post from me on Google Reader or Bloglines earlier today. Well, that was my very first post from 2005! I was trying to remember when I started blogging, and after I figured that out I thought I’d add a label, now that Blogger has that nifty feature. Next thing I knew, Rho had left a lovely comment! Oh well, enjoy!
What a beautiful afternoon it turned out to be — just right for spinning by the window, running a few errands, and listening to a great book. I hope your Wednesday has been just as nice as mine!