Sunday, January 27, 2013
Spinning Silk and a Pretty Cape
I'm trying a new technique my friend Gabe taught me- or rather, she taught Ilana and I watched and now I'm figuring it out from what I remember. It's chain plying while you spin- I spin an arm's length two or three times, and then chain it together and twist the ply into it. It's so cool- I'm making three ply yarn in one go. Andrew called me a wizard. I feel like a wizard.
The silk, oh, it's yummy. I love spinning it. It's from Tannis Fibre Arts. It's Tussah Silk in a colourway called "Royal Flush". I got it from the Purple Purl in December. Since I'm on a yarn buying ban (and I've held fast, nothing at all since December except the two balls to finish my cardigan) I couldn't get any of the super pretty yarns there. But then I saw this and I had to have it. I'd never spun silk before and the colour is just so me. Turns out I love spinning silk. It's so smooth and flows through my fingers so easily. I just have to remember to keep a light hand and wipe my darn hand frequently, or I'll get all sweaty and mess it up.
I spent this morning watching yet another version of Jane Eyre and spinning. The Jane Eyre was alright, although having just finished the book, nothing else could live up to it.
Now I think I might go take a nap, I'm helping a friend move this afternoon and I have to drive a big scary moving truck across the city. Eep! Despite having backed giant moving trucks perfectly into tiny spaces (I got a round of applause from a random stranger for that!), parallel parked and driven through city traffic in them, I still get a bit nervous about the whole thing.