There are some folks on instagram who are amazing at the craft of spinning yarn – and I hope one day I’m just as good. Look up the hashtag #spinnersofinstagram and you’ll see what I mean!
To get better at something like this you have to practice every day, just like any other skill that involves muscle memory. I’m hoping that a year from now I can look back and see a clear line of progress in my spinning, too.
I recently acquired a new-to-me spinning wheel: an Ashford Kiwi 2. It has been quite some time since I did any spinning, especially since my Tom Thumb has been down for repairs since I got it, but I used to drop spindle on my turkish spindle daily, and I certainly miss it. This year I’ve decided to participate in the Tour de Fleece, which is an event that runs during the period that Tour de France is running.
You can find all the information about it here on Ravelry. There are no hard fast rules, it’s supposed to be fun. I have also joined up with the Twitch team, and I might get some streaming of my spinning progress done (we’ll see, it’s not a rule that you have to stream it). This will be my first time participating and I’m incredibly excited. I could have joined with my drop spindle, but honestly I think treadle is the way to go for me. Everyone has their specific tastes. Treadling with two feet has been very enjoyable and I’m looking forward to seeing how my spinning progresses.
With that being said, I don’t think I have nearly enough fleece to spin! So I’m looking for fiber. I’ve been browsing through Etsy, and there are just so many options available. Do I want it dyed, natural, what sort of wool – right now I have some llama, merino, and a merino / silk blend.
Are you going to participate? Let me know in comments! The event begins July 6th, and runs until July 28th – I can’t wait to see what everyone spins up!
I just ordered a set of ChiaoGoo needles, and I am impatiently waiting for them to arrive from China. They are sock sizes, in 2″ and 3″ tips, with various cords. I’m hoping to use a tip from each set (the size of the needle is the same, it’s just the length of the tip that differs) and be able to knit TAAT using 2 circulars. We’ll see how it goes, and whether or not ChiaoGoo replaces my love of hiyahiya 9″ circulars. They won’t be here for quite some time, but I will impatiently wait by the mailbox for them to get here.
I love my needle collection, but it took some time to figure out which were my favourites and which I could do without.
I started with Knitpicks, which is a nice low cost beginner brand. If you want to stick with them that’s perfectly fine too, but I decided to move on and I haven’t really looked back. I love their cost effectiveness and they were the first interchangeables I ever purchased – but my favourite, are pictured above.
My favourite needles are bamboo hiyahiya needles. They’re old, I purchased them from another Ravelry user for $15 and they are perfect. The cords don’t fight with me and my only regret is that these are only in sizes 2-8 US and I don’t own anything bigger or smaller. They came with 6 different cords and when it comes to knitting, it’s honestly hard to beat them.
I use these for anything that needs generic knitting needles, the cords are a bit too short (or long, depending) for circular knitting (no sleeves, no socks) but I did use them to knit my last scarf.
Do you have a favourite brand? A favourite needle that you just can’t do without?
I started these socks May 2018 and didn’t finish the second one (thus completing an actual pair) until April 2019. Sometimes, life just happens – and for me second sock syndrome is a real thing. When I’m dedicated to the task I can finish knitting a single sock within a week, but the second one always takes me months to finish off. I’m still hoping to learn two at a time so I can get socks made faster.
This is the 7th pair of socks I’ve knit, but one pair was for babies, and another pair was absolutely destroyed when I put it through the washing machine (that’ll teach me to machine wash any knit items…)
I’m glad to have these ones finished. I’m not exactly thrilled with the colours, but they’re not horrible (when I purchased the yarn I was expecting something different).
For some reason my phone camera is doing a very poor job of taking pictures lately, but this is the progress on my scarf. It’s a deep green colour, the yarn is a bamboo blend that I just absolutely love because it’s soft and shines.
The pattern is a feather and fan repeated pattern with only four lines to memorize, so it’s something I can easily knit no matter what is going on. I’m using size 8 circular needles because I prefer using circulars instead of having two loose needles. The pattern is free on Ravelry, and you can find me there as Stargrace if you happen to be a member.
I’m almost done the first ball of yarn, and I’m ready to start the second. I want this scarf to be more decorative than functional, blame Gilmore Girls for that..
I needed a new project now that I finished the socks I had been working on, so I decided next up would be a simple scarf. It’s a bit hard to tell the pattern in my picture because it’s all bunched up and you won’t be able to see it until I block it at the end.
The colour is actually a deep green too, I’ll have to get a better picture in the future.