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


I have a book on spinning novelty yarns - if you like, I'll bring it to the retreat...

By Blogger Amie, at 8:08 AM  

Oh, and I clicked publish before asking if you were participating in the Qiviut-Along? We'd love to have you play!

By Blogger Amie, at 8:09 AM  

I will audit the qiviut knit along onacounta - I don't want any pressure on me to produce anything.

but I'll probably be doing everything y'all are doing. so I suppose i am a fringe participant.

By Blogger Bess, at 9:52 AM  

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Wednesday, October 05, 2005  

I start my beginner class to night. Only two students because I haven't gotten around to doing any publicity - but these are two women I am excited about teaching. We've been pleasant aquaintence for some time and I'd like to get to know both of them better. Also - I am trying to de-stress my world and teaching two people will allow me to have a very gentle frazzlefree time.

I love teaching the beginner class because there's always the possibility that a new student will really get the bug. Lots of folk just want to "knit those scarves, you know?" It's fun to see their faces when they realize they can do a whole lot more than "those scarves, you know".

I haven't had time to really pour over the new Melanie Falick book - but I will make time over the next few days and get a post up by the weekend. It is very exciting. The same day that book was delivered, our library copy of Loop-d-loop was returned. I have been chomping at the bit, waiting for it to come back, because ever since I saw Janie's Dream Catcher sweater I've been wanting to see how it's made - and if I have enough stash yarn to make one. I had only glanced though that book when it first came in and had forgotten whch designs I'd liked best.

So now I have 2 books to study and dream about.

Mostly, though, I've been concentrating on spinning. I'm on the second ply of the merino/tencil boucle, concentrating on the technique of applying the yarn to the thread. I'm trying for a lush full effect with minimal tangles. The main thing I'm working on is the angle of the effect yarn to the thread as it is applied. It seems as if (all emperical surmising at this point) that a 90 degree angle gives you a looser softer application with big squiggles. A 45 degree angle, or even more accute, would give you smaller more delicate squiggles. Easier to knit but not as lush looking - not so much like astrikhan fur.

Of course - I might go buy a book about spinning novelty yarns and not try to reinvent the knitting needle.

Well - must be off - today is Wednesday, you know.

posted by Bess | 7:17 AM