Saturday, May 23, 2009

A yarny bell (not the kind you think)

Here it is, folks: my first handspun finished object (if you don't count the yarnfish I made with the same handspun post-plying):

Ring in the new year, baby.

I did some more spindle spinning last night and discovered I get a much tighter, more consistent yarn if I let the spindle drop instead of turning it in my hand - its weight definitely improves the finished product. I'm still not fast enough with the fiber to take advantage of that, but it's something to aspire to.

Meanwhile, I'm depressed about my sock heels, which I may be able to finish this morning and feel better about. It would be good to get onto the cuff and have some mindless knitting in hand.

And speaking of hands, I'm going back to my salt and pepper mittens this weekend. I love swinging the two yarns back and forth over the needle - it's so soothing - and I only stopped because I had to write down the instructions before making the second mitt. Also I want to rip back to reposition the thumb by a few stitches.

When I've finished the writing and repositioning and the testing, I'll post the instructions. Because I think we all need some nice winter mitten projects for the coming heatwaves, yes?

1 comment:

Kathleen Taylor said...

and a lovely bell it is.