Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Spinning Practice

Hi Cindy,

As promised the temps here have been hot, we're expecting 115 toward the end of the week. Thank goodness for AC and our water-filled hole. Here is a picture of Polly (for your DS) on the last day she swam. Right after this picture I noticed the horrid noise her pump was making and turned her off. We finally stopped by the pool supply store yesterday so see if they could rebuild the pump and motor but no such luck. It is about 15 years old and doesn't really fit Polly so we picked up a dedicated pump for her. DH will get it installed one of these mornings but it's too hot in the pm.

I have been practicing spinning diligently this week. I finished the maroon fiber mix you sent. I skeined it up on a piece of foam board I've cut to 18 inches. I got just over 24 yards out of it. It is pretty thick but it is yarn. I've washed it, dried it and wound it into a center pull ball. Although the angle on the scale is a little off, it came out to just under 2 oz. I have also spun up the rest of the corridale roving we got in class as well as the partial purple batt. I also got all my washed fleece carded up. Right now I just have that and the BFL bit that you sent that hasn't been spun. Looks like I'll have to buy some more. Good thing Fiber Factory is having a moving sale. But of course I do get a class discount too.

Just 2 1/2 weeks till we go to LA to see the Decemberists at the Hollywood Bowl. We'll have pretty good seats in the garden boxes. We're staying within walking distance so we don't have to worry about parking. DH is also hoping to do a set at the LA zendo associated with the group he attends here. I'm also hoping on visiting at least 1 yarn store while there too.

Well, it's almost time to leave for class #3. I'll keep you up to date on how it goes.

Later, A


Cindy said...

Your yarn looks great! DS appreciates the Polly pic.

Alene said...

The yarn still has too much twist and I don't know if I'll be able to make anything from it. But it's a start. Polly is still awaiting her new pump. DH may take off Friday to get it installed. Tomorrow is their big site visit from the CDC but Friday should be quiet.

Cindy said...

There are some projects I've soon where overtwisted yoarn was used intentionally. If that's not what you want to do, you could wash the yarn and hang it to dry with a weight on it. Maybe it won't be as bad as it looks. Also, don't knit it in the round which could make biasing worse.