So, in a break between programmes I am offering my own spinning interlude. Recently, I treated myself to something that has turned out to be rather wonderful - a Spinners's Set from Spindlefrog. This consists of six two ounce plaits of fibres which are a little 'off the beaten track', not the usual merinos and blue faced Leicesters. These are a fabulous idea for a new spinner such as me as they are both a spinning challenge and hand painted in a rather gorgeous colourway called Autumn.
This is my first interlude, two ounces of over dyed mid grey Jacob.
This is also a great opportunity to get out one of my favourite books.
Everything you want to know about sheep and their wool - including my friend the Jacob.
I have chosen to use a drop spindle for these mini projects as I find I have more control when discovering the properties of a new fibre. Jacob is a coarser fibre than those I usually use and spins up into a sturdy, woolly single. The spindle that I am using is a 54 gram Bosworth Maxi in Morado wood which feels equally seasonal as it reminds me of freshly fallen conkers.
I am planning to Navajo ply this single in order to keep the colours as clear and bright as possible. The yarn I am hoping for will be a heavy sport weight or light double knit.
The notion that I have in my head is that I use each of these two ounce / 50gram fibre tasters to make a pair of fingerless mitts of some description, depending on how the fibre behaves. Some may be heavier and shorter, some lacier and longer - we shall see.
Finally, I haven't entirely abandoned my current projects. Here is the pink spinning, 100grams, plied but not set yet. It has turned out to be a light fingering weight which is just what I wanted.