After spending Friday and Saturday working at the LYS, I decided to take the day off from knitting... and SPIN!! I spent the afternoon keeping the Forest City Museum open to any wandering member of the public (though any traffic besides locals and firefighters was almost non-existent this weekend), and had my sweet little Ashford Traveller to keep me company.
While sorting and labeling roving at the shop, I came upon a color of Mauch Chunky roving (pronounced 'munk') that I couldn't resist, and that I thought would work well for the Circle Vest I am steadily spinning towards knitting. The colorway is called "Spice", and it is very pretty to look at while spinning, and will also coordinate well with the henna-dyed Coopworth and the handpainted brown/gold/'swamp green" (that's what Steph calls the color!) Wooly Daisy roving already spun and waiting patiently.
I have learned in the few years that I have been successfully spinning that I like to fan open my fibers, even with fairly loosely held together roving... here is a view of drafted fiber ready to spin. I could see hints of golds, mauves and browns, and the colors reminded me of a lovely summer sunset.
This roving is more a tweedy blend than the handpainted rovings that have become so popular. It is a mix of domestic and New Zealand wools and comes in 4 ounce bumps for a very reasonable $5.95. It spins very smoothly, and my purchase has only about an ounce that didn't get turned into yarn as the afternoon wound to a close.
The spinning filled the bobbin in a most even and satisfactory manner, though I did consider a time or two how cool it would be to have a WooLee Winder... I tried to think of those stops to move the yarn from hook to hook as finger stretch breaks.
I will finish up the spinning and then Navajo-ply a three-ply yarn to 'match' my others... that is the part I am still trying to become the mistress of... spinning a 'matching' yarn, to comply with my vision or to coordinate with something already completed. It is such an exciting and challenging process, and since I am willing to apply the rules of horseshoes, I will soon be able to start knitting my own personal version of this unusual vest.
I have been inspired to see how much spinning my fellow bloggers have gotten done in just 10 Minutes A Day... though I have to confess that I might have found at least as much inspiration from a book that arrived last week... A Fine Fleece, by Lisa Lloyd.
This book was well-conceived, carefully planned and beautifully assembled, and each project includes both a version made from handspun yarn and its 'fraternal twin', made in a readily available millspun yarn. There is endless inspiration, as Lisa Lloyd favors classic designs that will never fall out of fashion, no matter how long it takes to spin and knit that estate sweater. I am lucky... I have a fleece just waiting to be turned into enough yarn for one of these masterpieces, and will be reading and re-reading Lloyd's book while I finish up other projects and spin the required yardage.