Monday, September 12, 2005

And some actual knitting content...

I know I'm a bit of a posting demon this morning, but don't worry, it won't last! ;)

It just occurred to me that I haven't posted a single picture of my current ufo - the Hourglass Sweater - yet, so I hurried away to take a picture to correct the situation. Knitting is fast and I've done about 12", and the Lang Fantomas yarn I'm using is soft and, although it sometimes splits a little, quite pleasant to knit with. Well, anyway, here she is:

And also, I was spinning some more a few days ago - this time some wonderfully soft yarn we bought at the Elegant Ewe in Concord, while we were in NE. I have no idea what kind of fibre this is, because I didn't think to ask when I bought it (was just attracted to the lovely soft fibre), but while spinning it I was reminded of the texture of HipKnits Silk yarn, so this may well be silk. It was odd to spin - quite slippery, and with very long, very straight fibres, so it made me try a different (new to me) method of preparing the roving. I split it lengthways into thin slivers of fibre and spun it from those.

This is about 40g of lovely smooth and shiny yarn, spun as a single. There are a few places where it is a little over-twisted, but overall I'm pleased:


  1. I should remember more from my spinning seminar last year about different types of fibres!

    However, take a piece of your yarn and burn it. If it burns evenly, even after the flame is removed and smells like burning paper, it's cotton, linen or rayon (a cellulosic fibre). If it burns while only in the flame, creates soft black ash and smells like burning hair or feather, it is silk or wool (a protein fiber).

    It if gets hard and beady and smells awful, it's synthetic.

  2. Anonymous2:50 pm

    You've done quite a bit on the Hourglass which I must say is a gorgeous shade of pink!

  3. Anonymous8:21 pm

    Your progress looks good and the colour is Wow!!!

  4. How do you know if your single is over twisted?