I know this has been a long absence. Somehow I really needed it - but please don't get me wrong, I love this place, I don't intend to give up, but for some reason for a bit, the yarn needed to rest and my mind needed to be on vacation.
My spinning wheels have been tucked away for a few years, both are covered in dust, both needing oiling and some careful maintenance. This has not bothered me one bit for the past times, but now I am thinking of cleaning them and visiting my wool stash to see if there is anything interesting to spin.
Some time ago I joined Craft Daily. You pay a monthly fee and can watch any videos available on the site. As you know I am not skilled in spinning, I have never taken a real class (in person) in wheel spinning and would badly need one hand on hand guidance. I looked through the spinning videos on Craft Daily and saw Building Block of Spinning by Sarah Anderson (have watched only the part I so far) and I learned a lot. She explains the basics in a very clear way and even though I sort of knew the things she talked about, her way of explaining really made sense and made everything very, very clear and easy. She has made a huge piece of sample yarn and with it goes through the basics in a brilliant way. I highly recommend this if you are new to spinning or feel that you need to go back to the basics.
Learning new things is the salt of all making. When learning new things, there is the desire to try out, the thrill of discovering and the light bulb moment when it all works out. I seek that in every single project I do. That is why drawing has been so rewarding (and frustrating too at the same time) when I have been doing the exercises in The Year of the Fairy Tale class. But no matter how much I love pens and pencils, I am always drawn back to yarn and thread. I love the challenge and somehow I need to bring the challenge into my yarn adventures.
Crochet could be one since I only know the basics of crochet, I have never made a garment in crochet. Pinterest is a rabbit hole for me and I know it is for you too. Almost every night right before I fall asleep, I look at various things. Some time ago I came across this stitch and in an instant I knew I had to try it, as I have so many variegated one skeins in my stash and this looked like a good and clever way to take use of them. This will be a cowl when done, I am crocheting with 2mm hook and it is time consuming. I am not in a hurry though, summer is on its way and there most likely (hopefully) is no need for woolen cowl in the coming months. (Although it is very cold today!)
I never skip a post by Ann and Kay of Mason-DixonKnitting and a few days ago there was a link to Alabama Chanin video. I have admired the Alabama Chanin style for a long time and own two books. Last time I was looking through the books I was left thinking how could I make something knitted in that style, how could I have the easy approach to the making. I know the style looks very easy and comfortable, but I am sure the elements that go into making are carefully thought out. I would love to make a cardigan or a sweater in similar style. I don't know how to do this yet, but I enjoy the tiny Alabama Chanin tuck that keeps coming back to me time after time. I hope that at some point I will know how to knit something in that style.
In the meantime though, I dug out some old handspun I am not proud of. It is very uneven, I am not sure if I have enough, but I am hoping I do. I cast on for a cardigan. I did not make a swatch, I cast on a few stitches, found an old store bought cardigan to have a reference, and I am going on from there. I said that there is no swatch, actually this might not be true... I started from the top, made the neckline increases, continued for a bit and now this beginning of a cardigan is blocking. I could call that a swatch, but somehow it does not feel like one, since it really is a beginning of a cardigan. I am willing to rip, if the result is all bad. I am saying all bad, because the yarn is already not good, so there is this "little bit bad" element already there. I am hoping that in the process I will discover a way to turn the "little bit bad" into if not "all good", then at least into "little bit good".
Happy first of May to everyone!
Wool with you,