Thursday, January 05, 2006

Something's Fishy

It is my habit to spin first thing each day when I enter the studio. It helps me focus my day, decide which projects need attention, and make lists.

I usually have some intention for the yarn when spinning, but if I don't have a project planned, I will just spin *for the halibut*. It piles up the yarn, and eventually the yarn falls into a project. I don't have a wide range of spinning possibilities: usually I'm either I'm spinning silk for weaving, or yarn for rugs. Either way, large piles of yarn can pile up, not project specific, and then be useful when an idea forms.

But this halibut yarn is for knitting. It's Blue Faced Leicester, from Paradise Fibers , 3 ply. It's spinning up with no fuss, perfect for that musing I need to do:

BFL yarn

At this point in time, I expect to dye this in a workshop Nancy will be teaching here for our guild at the end of this month: we will learn to use the knitting machines, dye our fabric, and then we will reknit at leisure. I'm also planning to dye some Silk and Ivory (silk and merino) from Henry's Attic. Probably both batches of yarn will end up as lace knit shawls (who *is* this person and what have you done with Sara?).

I took some of the Blue Faced Leicester and Dyed it:

BFL dry
pan filled with dry top

BFL dye added2
dye added: several colors of reds

BFL dyed
all dry and ready to spin.

Again, just for the halibut. I don't know what this will be, I was thinking textured stitch sweater when I dyed it. I'll spin it for knitting (which, for me, is a 3 ply). Then I'll see how much I end up with, and what I want to make.

It might just be more lace. This lace knitting (and I'm a rank beginner at it) is a bit alluring. I've been looking at patterns, and I think I'll try more a few more adventurous ones.

We are also having Joan Schrouder come for a knitting workshop in February. She has no website, apparently, but the link takes you to a description of some of the classes she offers. Since I am on the committee to set these things up, we are having (you guessed it) lace knitting for at least one of the days she will be teaching. Either a Faroese shawl, or Orenberg style lace, or maybe??? We are still batting it back and forth.

And as for me: back to the batts. Time to go settle in for a spin.


Blogger Spindlers2 said...

Halibut yarn?
I thought you were trying to cod me, but then I plaiced what you were on about.

8:17 AM  
Blogger judy said...

I am quite obviously living on the wrong coast. I need to take that workshop with you. Machine knitting and dyeing.. I'm floundering here just for the halibut.

8:26 AM  
Blogger Valerie said...

Fish puns.....I predict a fishy tapestry coming up...or perhaps the Creatures of the Sea Shawl going onto the needles. Those sunny colors look great from here, where it's been cloudy and overcast for 3 weeks.
You've lamented a lack of weaving on the blogs in the past. I finally have some weaving content posted.

8:45 AM  
Blogger claudia said...

This blog has been alluringly red as of late.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Birdsong said...

Beautiful red.. maybe you could use this for something that Jean inspires; I will have to save the dates for her class.

12:59 PM  
Blogger Charleen said...

Look at you doing all that knitting. I know it's you though with all that red, now if you were dyeing (gasp) GREEN...

You do have access to great classes. I'd love to take Nancy's workshop.

6:19 PM  

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