This week I knit a couple more swatches, completed Honey Cowl #9, and spun the last of the batts I had carded from Bloomers. I enjoyed every bit of it. But then, with a new month and the arrival of fall, it felt like time for a change.
Yesterday I switched my trusty Schacht Flatiron spinning wheel from Scotch tension to double drive. I’ve been wanting to try this new-to-me tensioning method. At first I had trouble getting the yarn on the bobbin. Soon, though, I started to get the feel of the more gentle take-up. It’s like handing the fiber to the bobbin instead of having it taken from my fingers. I’m still overspinning it a little.
I love the creams, browns, and grays of undyed fiber, but today I wanted color. I pulled out some bright blue fiber from my stash, purchased last May at the Great Lakes Fiber Show. It’s a mix of merino, alpaca, nylon, and silk, from Fiber Optic Yarns. It’s a beautiful bright blue, with a splashes of gray and green.
I’ve written about letting the yarn tell me what it wants to be, but this time I’m starting with the end in mind: a pair of socks. I bought the fiber for that specific purpose. And so, with a desire for a hard-wearing sock yarn, I consciously worked on spinning worsted today, not allowing the twist to go into the fiber supply like I usually do.
I’ll get back to Bloomers soon. And I’ll cast on Honey Cowl #10. But for a while I’ll revel in something completely different.