I’m a knitter with a mission.
I think I’ll get Irish Moss done much
quicker then originally anticipated. I find this stitch pattern so
addicting that it’s hard to put aside for any other project. While the
stitch pattern looks difficult, it’s not after a few repeats. Since
it’s a basic drop sleeve sweater there’s no side or armhole shaping to
This week I also spun some of the fiber for the Spin-Off sweater. Although I thought I had practiced enough, I’m finding the solid color merino much more difficult to draft. It still looks OK, but just isn’t as consistent as my previous attempts with the multi-colored roving. The difference has got to be the amount of combing. I bet that the multi-colored roving goes through many more combings than the solid color rovings.
I’m ready to learn more spinning techniques so next week I’ll start a series of three spinning class offered by a local yarn store that I hope will expose me to a wider variety of wool. While I’m hoping to expand my skills, I’m not sure how in-depth these classes will get. Although the teacher is very knowledgeable, her approach isn’t as technical as I would prefer. Whatever the outcome, I know I will enjoy spending time with others who enjoy fiber arts and spinning.
To satisfy my technical hunger, I recently signed up for a few classes offered by Madrona Fiber Arts in February. Hopefully I’ll be able to take one class with Deb Menz called “Plying Yarns for Color Effects” and two with Judith MacKenzie McCuin called “Three Bags Full: Spinning for 3 different types of yarn” and “The Great Sock Caper: Hand spun yarn for hand knit socks”.
By the way, I notice that Interweave will be releasing a paperback version of Deb Menz’s book, Color in Spinning. Yahoo!