Sonntag, Oktober 08, 2006

Spinning & Such

**The** Judy Jackson has my wheel cover nearly finished, so I decided I could stand to start pulling the wheel out of its makeshift anti-Trusty hideout

and get back to work on the spinning for an exchange. The wool I received was white, and I wasn't in the mood to spin white; hope the recipient likes purple.

I dyed this with Cushing's in Grape, Raspberry, and Strawberry. For each color I melted 1 tsp (more or less) of dye powder in 1 cup (more or less) boiling water. This was for about 10 oz. of wool. I drizzled it in stripes across the roving on plastic wrap, bundled it up in the plastic wrap, and steamed in my old electric frying pan for a couple of hours. This was how long it took the dye to pretty much exhaust.

Since my self-proclaimed Sock September didn't get very far, I decided to join Soctoberfest.

I actually answered a lot of the startup questions when I declared the afore-mentioned, now-fizzled Sock September(scroll to 9/4).

  • When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?

  • September 1996, using Nancy Bush's Folk Socks.

  • What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?

  • It was just a plain pair of socks. They were done in Bandana (red) Happy Trails. I gave them to my daughter and I don't know how they held up.

  • What would you have done differently?

  • Nothing! It was a great experience.

  • What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?

  • My current craze is Blue Moon Fiber Arts STR in the leight weight; but I also love Trekking, Happy Trails, Opal, etc.

  • Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?

  • I really hate crochet, so let's not go there. My favorite method is 2 circulars, but I can use DPNs in a pinch. Magic Loop not so much; I get either a tight or a loose stitch at the switchover point. And I usually knit them toe up unless I'm following a pattern that would be too confusing to reverse (think Cookie A.)

  • Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)

  • Short row.

  • How many pairs have you made?

  • You had to ask. I don't know. I have about a dozen worn out pairs downstairs waiting to be felted and recycled. I have probably eight pairs in my drawer in current use. I've given away maybe a dozen more. So what, say 30 pair? Not a very good average for someone whose been knitting them for ten years, but Oh Well.


    margene hat gesagt…

    Love the color of your fiber. We'll have to spend some time spinning together when I get my wheel. Good luck with Socktober...I'm not doing too well.

    Marcia hat gesagt…

    Wow...that's the first time I've seen Margene admit that she's getting a wheel! (Ask me how I know? It's MY former Lendrum, as I wait for the new Kromski folding wheel.) Anyway, "Into the Dyeing Pan" just cracked me up. Why didn't I think of an electric fry pan?!

    Joanne hat gesagt…

    I love the colors you chose for your Cushings. Does this mean the dye shed is completed? :)

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