I had every intention this morning of showing y'all the progress on the Rhinebeck sweater. What? you say you don't remember me announcing a Rhinebeck sweater? It's true, I didn't, but of course I'm doing one, along with two shawls. The sweater will absolutely be finished. The shawls? The jury is still out on that one. We shall see. At any rate, you are probably asking yourself what could possibly be more important on one's knitting blog (who just snickered? I heard that.) than showing progress on one's knits, aren't you?
Ladies and Gentleman, it is with great pleasure, and no small amount of pride, that I present to you a sheep who really needs no introduction around here, a sheep who's name has oft been spoken in the dulcet, whispered tones of love and adoration, a sheep saved from the brink of filth and stinkiness by none other than our beloved Matt and Jamie, a sheep for whom I have harbored a deep and unstinting passion since the first day we met......
Roy (well, a wee, tiny bit of him anyway) - Reborn:
I do not have the words for how proud I am of this spinning. I really, really don't. Not that it's going to stop me from rambling on incessantly though. Now, I recognize that this just looks like your basic 280 yd skein of a natural colored light worsted weight wool, and for many of you this will seem like extraordinarily basic stuff, but stick with me here. I'm still all fresh, new, eager, and flushed with the first signs of really 'getting' it.
So yeah, this is the first time that I ever looked at a pile of fluff, envisioned an end result, planned how to make it happen, then sat down at the wheel and bit by bit, step by step, created EXACTLY what I envisioned. Exactly. It is, as a matter of fact, so exactly what I thought it would be that I feel almost disassociated from it. Like, maybe the spinning elves showed up and possessed my body and hands whenever there was work to be done.
Prior to this project, I've mostly just spun stuff in whatever way the fiber told me it wanted to be spun (or we came to some agreement about that, like with Nadine and the long draw) and then, once there was a bunch of yarn lying about, I might pick it up and knit with it. Or not. (I have plenty of never knitted handspun, don't we all? ) So far, I've been pretty happy with my spinning, and it's always been all about the learning and the fun and the puttering, but THIS? This makes me giddy. And maybe a little excited about the future of spinning. Which, now that I think about it, is probably a good thing given the sheer volume of wool
hidden stashed living in this house.
Another thing this project taught me? A tensioned lazy kate is SO in my near future -- as in, probably at Rhinebeck where the good wood abounds, near future. Here's what I rigged up for the purposes of this project:
One clothes hanger, some CottonEase (see? cotton IS good for something.), a dining room chair, and a big fluffy towel (for the 'tension'). As I was trying to figure out an improvised kate and going through the process of rigging this up, I couldn't shake the feeling that I had seen this somewhere before, but couldn't find it in any of the books that were easily reachable. So if I've stolen someone's favorite impromptu lazy kate idea w/o proper credit, I'm sorry. Don't hate me. Do, please, speak up, because this saved my ass and I'd like to thank you.
Want another shot of yarn? Of course you do. Why the hell else would you still be reading this?:
If y'all will excuse us now, we need to be alone.