Saturday, October 13, 2012

What's with all the lace?

I can't spin anything other then lace. Seriously.
It takes real effort to make a fingering weight single now. And you know what? It sucks.

BFL challenge
It started as a personal challenge with my spindles: How thin can I draft out before the weight of the spindle will be too much. Turn out, with the BFL (blue face leister) that I used, pretty darn thin. I made a 3 ply lace out of the first half. 3-ply, using the chain method. For those of you who don't spin, that means I took my single strand of hand spun yarn, turn it into 3 strands, and then twisted them together.
I'm not going to lie, I was excited. Like really excited. It meant I was good enough at spinning that I could make a super fine single. Need something to floss with? done!
Now, I thought it would take me a little to get such fine spinning done on Buggy (the wheel). After all, my feet are now controlling how fast my fibers are being twisted, and that can take some getting used to. The first yarn I spun on my wheel was lace.
Now why would I be complaining about that? because making art yarn with lace is flipping hard!You try to shove beads and flowers and texture onto yarn that's as thin as a needle and see how well you do.
So instead of working at making yarn thin, I have to work at making yarn thick And frankly it feels strange. I hate letting a lot of fiber slip through my fingers. Which might just be my frugal mind going "you're wasting money!" Who knows.

Currently I'm working on a fingering weight single that I'll ply together with thread and beads. And it's taking some serious effort to make the single fingering weight...there are far more lace section in it then I would like, but oh well.

Mom's Targhee/Silk
Tomorrow I'll also be dying some roving of mine that I have. It's 4 oz of wonderful Targhee/Silk that has been in my stash since February. It used to be 8oz, but I spun half of it for Mom. Lace of course. xD Since the fibers were natural, she'll be using her own dyes later on. I can't wait to see what she comes up with.
For the other half I've picked out some yellow, orange, and red colors from her, and will figure out how I want to dye the fibers tomorrow; and even want colors I want to use. Pictures will be posted for sure.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some yarn to argue with.


Becca said...

Wish you were close enough to give me spinning lessons. I haven't gotten the hang of the spindle.

Dyeforsocks1965 said...

And spinning all that lace is a bad thing because.......?