WIP Wednesday – 11/14/2018

November 14, 2018 WIP Wednesday 10

WIP Wednesday (for “Work In Progress”) is a meme where we share our current fibery projects. It was started by Nicole @ Book-Wyrm-Knits, who also reviews books at book-wyrm-reads

 

Spinning

Since my last WIP Wednesday post (10/24), I finished skeining the Bambino “Duckle Daisy” yarn, but since I haven’t washed it yet, I haven’t taken any new photos of it.

I’ve done more spinning than knitting lately.  I spun a lovely superwash BFL from Llady Llama Fiber Company, in what she calls “Pumpkin Spice,” a colorway ranging from cream through warm orange down to a rich brown. To me it looks more like fox colors than pumpkin, so I think I’ll call the finished yarn — when it is finished — “Vulpes.” (If you saw my Nov. 4 Sunday Post, you’ve seen this photo already.) Anyway, I overspun the singles a bit, and I’m rubbish at chain plying (which was my original plan), so I think I’m going to try plying it with dark brown, heavy-duty sewing thread and see how that goes. I practiced on some very thick-and-thin natural wool spun by the 11-year-old previous owner of the wheel, which was still on one of the bobbins when I bought the wheel. I used very fine crocheting thread for that project, in a cream that almost matches the natural wool. There’s not a lot of it, and I’m not sure how it will look knit up, but it will be interesting to try.

Photo of a bobbin of single-ply handspun yarn, ranging in color from cream to brownish orange to coffee.

“Vulpes” singles spun by Lark. (Photo @ 2018 The Bookwyrm’s Hoard)

photo of a wooden bobbin containing undyed handspun wool, plied with fine cotton crochet thread.

Undyed wool plied with fine cotton crochet thread. (Photo © 2018 The Bookwyrm’s Hoard)

 

I also spun a 4-ounce braid of Malabrigo Nube in “Whales’ Road,” a lovely mix of blues and purples. I hope I didn’t overspin that one! I have a second braid which I plan to spin, and then ply the two together.

photo of a wooden spinning wheel bobbin containing single-ply handspun wool made from Malabrigo's Nube fiber in "Whales Road" colorway. The colors are rich blues and purples.

Singles handspun from Malabrigo Nube (merino), in “Whales’ Road” colorway. (Photo © 2018 The Bookwyrm’s Hoard)

 

Knitting

My Hermione’s Not-So-Everyday Socks are on hold until I finish a secret knitting project for Christmas. Or two. Or maybe three.  I made good progress on the first project, anyway.  I’m more than 3/4 done with the knitting, though I’ll still have ends to weave in when I’m done.  But it means I have no knitting to show you.   (Yarn: KnitPicks Stroll Multi in the Paisley colorway.)

 

 

Do you knit, spin, crochet, or do other arts or craftwork? Tell me about your latest project!

 

10 Responses to “WIP Wednesday – 11/14/2018”

  1. RO

    Wow! I have to admit that never in my life have I met a person in real life who can actually spin yarn!!! I’ve seen it on television, and read about it in historical fiction, but an actual real blogger who does it is just the coolest thing to me!!! (I don’t think I’ve ever shared that) I’ve often tried to knit, but only end up with a very long single chain of nothing(lol) My crafting is done with my Planner, which I sometimes take pictures of and post on Instagram or my blog and that’s the skinny on my mostly nonexistent crafting skills(lol)
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you, RO! Don’t knock your planner craft skills—that’s one I wish I had! I’ve tried gussying up mine, and I’m not very good at it. All crafts and arts take practice to build the skills; it’s just which ones you choose to put the time and effort into. I’m still at the practicing stage with spinning, but I’ve been getting better, I think.

  2. sjhigbee

    What lovely yarns – I’m full of admiration! These days I don’t do much in the way of knitting. I look forward to seeing what you do with these in due course:)

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I really hope you get a chance to spin or knit (or both!) soon. You are so right about how soothing it is. In fact, I think I’ll knit a little this evening, to wind down from the concert I just directed (half of) and sang in (the other half.)

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