Tuesday, July 24, 2012
All That Spinning . . .
I've done more spinning in the past three weeks for the Tour de Fleece than I've done in the past year! Why?? I don't know. I think knitting got in the way. Maybe I was just afraid of my new Suzie Pro. Damned if I know. I DO know that I thought Suzie would be small & easy to move around when I bought her. She turned out to weigh twice as much as my old Indian spinner. The Old Indian takes up twice the space, mind you, but it's much lighter & so much easier to take places because it's not fancy. I don't have to worry about dings or scratches. It came as a Plain Jane sawhorse with a giant spindle on top, 40 years ago! SuzieP is a Fauncy Piece in her designer wood & sealed bearings. Maybe she just intimidated me. Since the Old Indian had almost a full bobbin - I can spin a couple of pounds of yarn on that thing - I dug out SuzieP for this year's Contest.
I have to admit, I enjoyed it. SuzieP snuggles in close when I watch TV. She's heavy but doesn't have to be moved whenever I get up & down. And she's so very quiet. Only problem is those tiny bobbins!!! I soooooooo love the big bobbin on the Indian but he's noisy & has to be moved every time you get up or need to change position. And then I have to steal myself to spend an afternoon winding ALL that yarn off . . . .
Because I enjoyed spinning so much, I started spinning a NEW braid called 'Pink Elephant'. It caught my fancy in an Etsy shop - operated by a Vendor who has a Group called Sunset Fibres on Ravelry. The spinning is close to the actual color. The color changes in every single picture I take!! I just don't understand how to adjust the light & try to take the photos outside if I can. Since it was raining & quite dark, I couldn't take a photo outside when it was still in the braid! I've stolen the actual photo from the Etsy shop to show what caught my attention. The bobbin photo was taken under my 'Daylight' bulb so it's pretty close. There's a surprising variety of colors in the braid! A little peach, purple, three or four shades of grey, some blush pink & a touch of dark charcoal. There's nothing even remotely socky about this fibre! It's soft, the colors muted - there's something distinctly feminine & lacy about it, even sitting on the bobbin as it is. I smell a rat! Someone somehow has hatched a plot to drag me into the Cowl Knit-a-long after all . . . .