A new spinning project was inspired by this month’s challenge theme in the Spindlers group on Ravelry: favourite places.
This special 50% merino/ 50% silk braid is hand-dyed by Mandie at Sheepy Time Knits, and was a door prize that I amazingly won at the 2013 String Thing event. With some more discipline to keep equally special spindles clear, I was able to leap to a plan of action!
It was actually a half-plan. Off, I ran with the fibre & my 28 g Moosie to a spinning morning visit with my good friend, Margaret. We last saw each other sometime last year with one thing & another.
Even with every confidence in what my eyes can see of this braid plus Mandie’s known skills as a dyer, I was floored. It’s that open & fabulous to spin almost 4 years later.
Simply put, this is the best of its kind that I have been fortunate enough to spin. The spindle was hard to put down at Margaret’s – sorry if you were behind on your day!
For such a gentle gradient, I am tearing fairly fat strips of fibre consistently across the top. When that length of top was spun, I arrived at the second half of planning. Out came this 26 g Tabachek with a Lacewood whorl. The rhythm is to alternate spindles at the end of each width of top.
The inspiration place is again, Frenchman’s Cove in Portland, Jamaica. Specifically, where the river meets the white sand beach.
This image shows the rope swing. It was the best fun to swing off into the confluence of river and Caribbean Sea as children.
The plying ball is of the two singles wound together by hand. It is 27 g. So far, the plan is a good one. I go by feel for the lengths that I spin in each round. There was only a small amount left on one spindle after winding this plying ball. It is kept with the project, and off I went with clear spindles again.
With pauses for knitting, I am happily spinning along. Other Spindlers members have shared beautiful places with just lovely projects. It all adds up to a very lucky thing to be doing this month.
Happy Family Day weekend, Ontario readers. Unless T returns from school with the missing Peace Fleece mitten, I may be back to the remnants with a purpose!
We have coughs due to colds, and our own outings may take a hit – be well!