What do you do when your house has sold, you’re counting your departure date in weeks rather than months, your sewing stuff, and most of your yarn, is packed away and you’ve got two kids at home all day because they were both due to start new schools and there didn’t seem any point for only six weeks?
You spin obsessively, watch classes about spinning and start buying books about fibre. That’s what.
We’re in limbo. Still here in Cambridge but living in a house that isn’t really ours anymore, envisioning a new life that we can’t quite touch yet and secretly relishing cooler days to enjoy wearing handknits before a summer Christmas. As hard as we try to stay normal, we’re all feeling a little unsettled.
I’m feeling in the mood to cast on a cardigan. Everyone around me seems to be. I’m dreaming of a jewel-toned worsted or double knit yarn and a pattern heaving with cables and texture. I may do it, but knowing that I’m unlikely to be able to wear it before next June, I’m procrastinating.
Instead, I’m spinning. After all, my spinning wheel will be packed away soon and I won’t get to play with it until at least the end of this year.
I’m really not going to win any awards with my latest spinning. I’ve finally finished the luxurious blend of undyed merino, camel, alpaca and silk that I picked up a couple of months ago. While it was a dream to spin and I’m adoring the heathered latte colour, somewhere along the line my singles finally became much more even which meant that the two bobbins I plied together weren’t consistently the same thickness. Oh well, it’s not washed or whacked about yet, hopefully it’ll settle down and look better after that.
I’ve been enjoying watching Felicia Lo’s Spinning Dyed Fibres class on Craftsy while I spin. If you’re in the mood for a spinning class, this might be right up your street. I have learnt so much and am getting lots of fancy spinning ideas.
My book arrived this morning. From all accounts The Fleece & Fibre Sourcebook is the book about fibre. I’ll let you know what I think when I get a chance to have a proper read, but for now, I can tell you it looks beautiful, clear and fascinating.
See you soon. X
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