Yesterday’s post was all about the spinning, but we’re also getting through some knitting here. Last night I wove in the ends on a cap for Anya, whose parents sent me their llamas’ fleeces via my MIL earlier in the summer. With matching mittens, she will be set for winter in West Virginia.
The kittens, of course, kept a close eye on me as I got these done. I’ve trained them pretty well to curl up in my lap while I knit (versus play with the yarn and needles – they get one reminder to quit and if they keep it up, off the lap they go). They trained themselves to curl up in my lap while I work at the computer. Here is their preferred position. I’m sure the weight of their heads on my forearm isn’t actually good for any repetitive motion injuries I may incur at the keyboard, but they make up for it with their stress-relieving purrs.
Amidst the knittin’s and the kittens, a bit more spinning got started. It’s fun to have a little color after all that grey. I’m spinning up 4 oz of carded batts from Gone Batty Fibers. The fiber, in colorway Frog Pond is quite the mix – Corriedale, Shetland, Merino, silk, Firestar, and nylon. There are a few nepps (little bits of tangled fiber) that I’m trying to pull out as I go, but overall the fiber drafts very nicely and I’m enjoying seeing the variety of fibers progress through the fine singles. I’m spinning semi-worsted in that I am using carded fiber, more typically a woolen preparation, but am drafting it in a classic worsted manner.* The result is nice sleek singles intended for a 3-ply sock yarn.
The rest of the day needs to be focused on getting ready for our big trip to the Big Island. I suspect a few more yards will be spun, a few more stitches knit, and yes, a few more kittens petted during the course of the day, too.
*By this I mean I am pulling out the fibers from the supply between pinched fingers, aligning them in as near parallel a fashion as possible. I keep my fingers pinched in front of these aligned fibers, then slide my pinch back towards me, allowing the twist to enter the fiber in an orderly manner. I’m also drafting off the ends of the batt so that the major alignment of fiber is parallel to my direction of pull.