4. November 2014 10:32
I recently acquired a few new spindles... some Phil Powell Russians! They are a delightful spin - very well crafted, and a very nice long twirl. He makes a bunch of different types of spindles... which you see a selection of here: Metal tipped, Swarovsky Crystal tipped, and Gemstone tipped (shown here in Rose Quartz). His Etsy shop is often sold out, but he's willing to take custom orders, so if you like this sort of thing, please do email him! That's how I ended up with the two gem Russians :) Ask and Ye shall be Enabled!
So I suppose you're wondering what they're sitting on? Well you can't have new spindles and not test them out... no Sir. That's just wrong.
I was gifted a small batt in a swap some time ago that I thought would be an excellent test floof. I can't find any "before" photos of it though. Woops! (sleep deprivation MUCH?) But I do know it's details! It's a 20 gram sample Batt "Wine and Roses" from a Nunoco Smorgasbox (photo stolen from Etsy!). While not very large... it was just right for goofing around with. I loved using these spindles, and I can't wait to do some more with them! The batt was basically a gradient from light pink through to burgundy.
- I decided to spin the batt fine, moving from one color to the next in a long gradual gradient, and then chain ply it to finish up.
- I ended up with something between lace weight and fingering... mostly closer to laceweight.
- Final guesses on Yardage: 125 yards
- so what does one actually DO with 125 yards of very light fingering weight yarn?
- I decided to just cast on and play with some lace, with no real pattern or plan.
- I knit a strip of Shetland inspired border, then flipped it 90 degrees and picked up stitches along the side. I worked in a waffle type eyelet stitch for a while, and flipped it again. I worked some freeform picots around the edge, and ended up with a long lace rectangle.
- My plan is to stitch the ends together and make a loop neck warmer.
- It might be ugly... I'm not sure what it will look like exactly until I do it and try it on. It's made of buttery soft merino wool, and it's handspun lace. So I'll probably wear it regardless of whether it's ugly or not!
Shetland inspired points...
Closeup of waffle, insertion, and picots...
Long view... showing Gradient.
Finished Neckwarmer... to be continued! (If and when my children ever sleep... which may be NEVER! lol)