I had a good crafty weekend – thanks to the Olympics. I have never been a big fan of summer Olympics but this weekend I have had the TV on while I have been spinning and knitting. The games have given me a good excuse to do what I love. As much as I have done, I don’t have much to show you. First I finished the quick and easy knit that I mentioned last time. It is blocking at the moment, and the knit itself was so quick I never got around to take any pictures for the blog while I was making it. Which was quite bad… if I had done that, I could have blogged about it few times. Now that it is done, there is just this and the next time with the final pictures. I need to think up something new to knit... I don’t know what it will be. Being so busy for the whole weekend I just might take a day or two off from knitting.
Then I have been spinning – a lot. The new yarn, 2ply, little over 800 meters altogether is soaking right now. I might make a little top out of it but I need to think it over. I would love to use more handspun yarns. I need to bring my spinning to a new level. I can make usable yarn, but I know I am stuck. Skein after skein the process gets easier but I don’t see that the quality of the yarn is improving. I am comfortable spinning lace weight but this last batch is thicker yarn, something that could be made into a sweater. I would like to learn to mix colours and fibres, and for that I would need to learn to dye and need to buy a drumcarder. I wonder if I would love it or if it would after the first love end up being unused expensive equipment, or if there even would be first love. I don't know anyone near by who would have a drumcarder so that I could try it first.
I know I am a fibre person through and through and if I could be sure that this would add on to my life long hobby, I would buy it but I am not sure. I wonder what I thought before I bought my wheel because I have never regretted buying it. I have handcarders (2€ from flee market, old and unused!) and have tried them a couple of times but I don’t like them - yet (the reason being that I am not good at using them). I wonder if I should learn to love them before jumping ahead. At the moment I am dreaming of grey tweed yarn with white and yellow specs. This is a lovely dream. The realistic side of me is showing pictures of messy kitchen with dye pots and wet skeins dripping all over and sweaty me trying to crank the drumcarder that is stuck and won’t give me these beautiful, lustrous batts.
I just checked the weather site and saw that the sun rises 0432 and sets 2209 (1009pm) here, so the day is less than 18 hours at the moment. The temperature today was 15 degrees C (59 F) and it was sunny and lovely. But there is definitely a chill in the air. Last night the puppy woke me up 0130 and while I was standing outside in the dark cold air, I felt a little sad, this feels like too soon. But then I realized that the stars are back and the moon will be building bridges on the black lake soon. That sight is something to wait for.
And luckily there is wool and luckily there is plenty of it.
Ps. Belle Ciel mittens are not fully lined, there is just this little extra edging in the cuff.