Monday, 18 August 2008

spinning and edging

I've made some progress in learning to spin. Yesterday we learnt to ply. I think plying is much easier and more satisfying than making the initial singles.

This is Corriedale-Finn which has been spun "in the grease" so the yarn still feels pretty sticky and full of lanolin. I have to wash this lot before the next lesson so that we can muck around with dyes. I'm looking forward to seeing how much lighter this will become once washed. Our teacher has shown us a sample that she has spun up and washed from the same fleece - the difference looks to be quite striking. So watch this space.

The latest baby-knitting news: I'm making slow-but-sure progress on edging a blankie for M&A's baby. I love the way that side-ways-knitted-on edgings finish off a knitted blanket neatly with plenty of stretch. But working them always seems to take forever - almost longer than it took to knit the rest of the blanket!

This edging pattern comes from issue 21 of Busy Needles - an old Marshall Cavendish magazine that Mum got a year's subscription to back in the early 1980s.


Anonymous said...

WOW! Welcome to the dark side - well done!

Lynne said...

The baby blanket looks fabulous. It'll all be worth it in the end.
Good luck with the spinning, washing and dyeing.