You could be forgiven for thinking that I had abandoned my spinning in favour of instant gratification scarfage projects but I'm sure you will be reassured to know that I do find time for a bit of a spin every day - even if it is only ten minutes.
On the bobbin at the moment is some lovely grey merino over dyed in shades of green by The Thylacine. I love naturally coloured roving over dyed as it gives such a sophisticated depth to the colours. It is also lovely when, as in this case, some of the natural colour is allowed to show through. The name of this colourway is Temperate Rainforest, which perfectly describes and evokes the part of Australia in the Strezlecki Ranges that I spend as much of my time in as possible. It's spring there now which makes me miss it very much right now but, I have exciting travel news of a different kind which I will tell you about later.
I have 200g of this roving and am spinning it reasonably finely for me and am stripping it into finger sized pieces to give reasonably sized but not massive colour repeats. I will be making a two ply yarn so am hoping for a gently variegated heathered effect with some but not too obvious striping to make a lacy shoulder shawl to feed my current obsession.
Most recently off the bobbins is this yarn spun from Lime Green Jelly's Merino, Cashmere and Silk roving in the Queen of Hearts shade. As you can see, it has some of my usual spinning inconsistencies but it is the most beautifully soft yarn you can imagine. I'm planning to make myself a rather Gothic pair of extended Cranfords with it.
And finally, I have a finished object for you - yes, with great perseverance I have finished the Skinny Lace Rib scarf in Yarn Yard Caber in the Sea Glass shade. Despite the fact that at some points I believed that I was actually knitting from a loop and the ball of yarn really did not have an end I finally regained my faith in the laws of physics and finished the scarf last night. I have decided not to block it as I like the texture as it is and it wraps twice around my neck very comfortably. The stitch pattern I used is the enigmatically titled Number 41 from Susanna Lewis's Knitting Lace which is extremely simple and easy to memorise and read..The back of the scarf is also quite decorative.
And I nearly forgot -my travel plans. I'm off to see my dad on the Isle of Wight at the weekend for a couple of days of lazy chatting and knitting but this time next week I will be in America, starting in New York, travelling down through Pennsylvania to Philadelphia, back up to Massachusetts, and into New York State to the Dutchess County Showgrounds for the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival!
How excited do you think I am?