In Which There Was Little to No Progress

Well, I’m not managing to get much of anything done lately, but here’s a roundup of odds and ends that I managed.

About half the Aegean superwash is spun. I haven’t plied or set the twist yet, though. Not sure what I’m going to do for plying.

Spun Aegean

I (mostly) finished off the Blackface and Corriedale (what’s left is for spindle fun). I still need to ply this bobbin with gold thread and then set the twist.

More Blackface and Corriedale

I dug out some Halloween fabric that my sister gave me. Haven’t done anything with it, though.

It's Coming

I broke down and got a swift and ball winder in the interests of my sanity.

Ball Winder

And, so then I made some balls. (The white was wound sloppily on a nostepinne.)

Balls o' Yarn

Working Through the Weekend

I’ve been working like mad with hardly any time to do anything else, and it’s been stressful, because complications always happen.

My stress-relief outlet suffered the consequences of serving its purpose. I cut it crazy crooked, then sewed it anyway. Look at those lovely corners. It is my first draw-string bag, and I’ll probably make more, though hopefully less sloppy.

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It’s the only thing I’ve managed to make, with the exception of a bit more yarn, although only enough to fill some valleys. I’m new enough at this that it’s not really stress relief, but more tension. I do it anyway.

A Bit More Yarn

My dress form came in from Amazon today. It was cheap, but I really wanted one, so I’m pretty excited. I needed something to cheer me up.

Dress Form with Shawl

Handspun Boomerang Shawl

Late last night (technically, early this morning), I finished the handspun boomerang shawl. (I feel like I need a better picture, but surely taking random pictures for the internet is not reason enough for a sane person to buy a dress form.)

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I have to say that, as a beginner, I’m very fond of bulky yarn and big needles. The shawl I’m making in fingering weight yarn is not even a foot long on its longest side, and I started the two at nearly the same time. Apparently, beginning spinner’s yarn is not all a bad thing. I used my first finished yarn from both spindle and wheel, a Blackface and Corriedale blend plied with gold thread. I may still dye it; I haven’t decided yet.

All Work and No Play…

…makes me mess up when I try to make a bag again. My squared corners are less than squared on the tote bag. I even messed up both sides so there is no good side. Oh, well. I’m not terribly fond of brown anyway.

Yet Another Tote Bag

So, I finished spinning the 8 oz. of Black Icelandic and started plying it with silver rayon thread. I managed to mess that up too in a couple of places.

Black Icelandic Plied with Silver Rayon Thread

Too much work? Probably not. Probably just too much caffeine.