Like The Queen
Whatever happens to strike my fancy, but surely some sort of fiber content.


Build up something more daunting? How unlike you! (ha!)

Well, good, you deserve a leisurely (if metaphorical) splash in the rivuh.

Your boucle took my breath away. WOW.

By Blogger Amie, at 10:33 AM  

It's very pretty. I don't think I am brave enough to try that yet. I will give it a go when uni ends and I have more time to try t wrap my head around the technique.


By Blogger celia, at 11:01 AM  

YOW, is that gorgeous!!!!

And, you know, that other thing...


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:18 PM  

Glad you are getting more sleep - our bodies need more rest as the length of the days shorten.
Thanks for the Virgo starry advice - works for me!

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Monday, September 26, 2005  

Woops. Another sleep-late morning, a pleasant surprise over the past few weeks, to find myself able to sleep a full 8 hours. It’s been a bit more of a surprise to find it has me sleeping later in the a.m. Well - seasons change and so do bodies. I’ll just be thankful for the ZZZZZ’s and not question their origin.

I finished up the bobbin full of boucle yarn. It made up about 61 yards and I have at least that much mohair left. I’m quite out of practice with this technique and it manifested itself in some bad spinning, especially when I was wrapping the mohair around that first silk thread. In places I put on too much mohair. Sometimes it would tangle with the thread and sometimes I just wound on too much. Tangles are just too difficult to deal with when making a boucle yarn. My option for them was to just be sure there was enough mohair scooched up on both sides of the tangle to spread the loops up as close as possible to what would become a “dead” spot in the yarn. Winding on too much doesn’t leave you with a “dead” spot - a length of yarn without any loops on it - but it does leave you with very tight loops, so tiny and so tight they look like bumps or ridges. They’re not bad - but not what I’d have chosen.

Overall the skein is gorgeous (if I do say so myself). It will knit up into a fluffy scrunchy fabric. But I am really fascinated with the technique of making boucle and I’d like to get really good at it. I’d like to be able to create exactly the number of loops I want, be they big, bunched, loose, small - whatever. I’m going to try winding on a little less fiber with the second half of the mohair and see if I can achieve 2 things:

A longer length of yarn
A more uniform distribution and size of loops

But I didn’t begin the second bobbin of mohair last night. I played around with some of the chocolate brown fiber I own and a drop dead gorgeous roving I bought at MS&W ‘04. I forget who I bought it from, though I’ve got it recorded somewhere, but it’s a mohair/wool blend called Bonfire or Forest Fire or some other kind of autumnal fire and it’s enough for a sweater. Alas. So many fibers. So little time.

Good girl that I am, I also sent in the homework sheet for the KRRetreat class I’m teaching. Nice to tick another thing off the list.

And today, Mr. Horoscope gave me absolutely good advice. Spot on the money. I can’t believe how often this man hits the bull’s-eye when he writes his daily messages. For all you Virgo’s out there, here’s what he has to say:

How difficult will this week be? How tricky, how trying, how stressful, how impossible? Actually, the answer is, 'Not very!' All will be fine as long as you get on with what you have to do. If you sit around thinking about it and talking about it, you will build it all up into something more daunting than it truly is. Likewise, if you try to ignore the big issue and focus on something that seems easier. Then, you may resent having your attention drawn back to some essential matter. Really, though, if you just dive in at the deep end, you won't sink - you will swim.

Good thing I still have my bathing suit out.

Have a great one.

posted by Bess | 7:47 AM