9/8/09

Where the Sidewalk Ends

I spent Labor Day doing a whole lot of nothing, in general. At least, no labor. I spun a bit, and watched a movie with Patrick. I was going to clean and do laundry, but I decided to use my day off as just that--a day off.
So I went through my rovings and pulled out balls of romney that I bought a little while ago because they reminded me of socks my mom had knit for my dad out of a colorway called Inna Godda DaVida. I started with this:
You can't see the colors very well in this picture, mostly because they're all balled up underneath one another. It's got a lot of goldeny-yellow, very dark green, some deep purple-pinks, and then several colors in between all of those. It mixes up quite well, once you start spinning it.
I think that if I ply carefully, I might be able to get it to spin. Wouldn't that be cool? In my limited spinning experience, Romney spins up rather easily, as compared to the alpaca I played with as well yesterday and made into a total (but very soft) mess of yarn barf.
Patrick's sister is going to get something out of this, as she was expressing fascination in it. I think it'd be cool to give her a hat made out of yarn that I spun, don't you?

Well, the Romney Without A Name turned into this:
I photographed this not-very-good pose right here this morning, when the sun was at its brightest. You can barely tell, but that's because the sun has been behind a thick layer of clouds all day. But, if you look, you can see all the colors I was talking about, and perhaps the striping potential.

I don't know how much I'll have once I've plied them, but I should have enough for a hat, or maybe a scarflette.

I was thinking about plying them with some plain something-or-other, rather than each other, what do you guys think? I was also pondering a bit of glitz, to make it shiny. But I'm pretty sure it wouldn't look right with sparklies.
Any ideas?
Singly, I managed to get them to a fairly even (I'm so very proud of that) lace-to-fingering weight. Plied together, though, and they'd make a nice DK or sport.

My next spinning project is going to be some beautiful merino I have that's dyed in some lovely pinks, purples, creams, and dark blues called "Twilight". I'm excited by the merino.


Garden State Sheep Breeder's Show this weekend! I requested off and suitably nagged my manager about letting me have the weekend, and he did. I'm so excited, I have off Saturday AND Sunday! Whoohoo! I invited Kelly along, because she's expressed interest in re-learning how to knit, and I think that it would be a fun, out-of-the-ordinary trip for her. And besides, what better way to get someone to want to do something than to show them all the fun things to can do with the skill? I've already introduced her to Ravelry. She found the animal/toy patterns and was just too happy.
She's not entirely sure she can go, though.

But that's all that's in the news for now. I'll update with some yarn (maybe?) once I've had the chance to borrow my mom's lazy kate. That is, assuming my bobbins fit on it.

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.
~Shel Silverstein

3 comments:

Roxie said...

Lovely yarn you are spinning! I'd ply it with a soft medium gray, or maybe a raspberry tone. If you ply it with itself, it'll get busier and be less likely to stripe nicely.

Donna Lee said...

It's really good, Kate. I'd use some plain to ply it with,too. I think it's too much color all at once otherwisel

Tanya said...

That will look gorgeous. And I agree with the plain.