We are rapidly closing in on the midwinter solstice in the northern hemisphere: days are getting shorter, weather is getting colder, and all the shipments have gone out for the midwinter installment of the Wheel of the Year club.
And I have another club giveaway: one for the spinners, this time! I’m giving away 50g (so half an installment) of the actual club fibre; not a prototype, so it is just the same as the stuff I’ve already shipped to the club members. I’m not going to say anything about the colours or composition (spoilers!), but I will say that it is suitable for any kind of spinning, from fine laceweight to chunky, and (I think) for needle felting too.
To enter for this giveaway, leave a comment on this post by noon UK time, Monday (December 19th). This competition is open to everyone, all over the world, so join in and have fun!
Of course I kept some for myself! Did you think that I wouldn’t? This is the first installation of my first ever yarn club, you know!
Admittedly, the sock and lace yarn I kept are from the prototyping phases – and I havent’ done anything with the lace yarn yet – but I had to keep *some* souvenirs. The colour prototype, by the way, had a much more abrupt change from orange to black, generally less saturation through the oranges, and was – ahem – technically less together than the finished club yarnz.
I had hoped to have the pattern for these socks (or at least, the finished socks) ready to display on Hallowe’en itself – but no luck. I finished the whole first sock, then decided that, really, it was too tight. Yes, I could wear it – but it wasn’t how I wanted it to be. So I started the second sock (without ripping back the first, I hasten to add; just in case I changed my mind!), and started work on the second.
When I finished the second, I realised I’d done a really stupid thing when setting up the stitch pattern for the foot: the whole thing spiralled gently, biasing it’s way around the sock. Wearable, again – but still not what I wanted. So I pulled it out, back to the end of the heel turn, and set at it again. I think I had the first sock finished for November 1 – and I’ve been plodding my way through the second ever since. I’m on the foot now – and without any silly mistakes, thank you – so it shouldn’t be too much longer till I’m done!
The fibre was easier. I wanted to maintain the colour progression, so I spun it all into one long, graded single, and then chain plied it for a fat, round, 3-ply yarn. (Chain plying, by the way, is also called Navajo plying, but certain people think ‘chain’ is more correct, so that’s what I’m trying to train myself to say.) But wow! It’s a long time since I’ve chain plied anything, and I’m a much better spinner now, with much higher standards. I had never realised before how hard it is to keep all the strands under even tension whilst you add the plying twist – and if you don’t do that, you don’t end up with such a regular yarn. More on that another day, perhaps, but suffice it to say that what I was expecting to be a quick-and-easy ply has taken me a lot longer than I expected, and has needed a lot of concentration, too!
I overplied the yarn relative to its intial spinning twist, so it was quick active (read: twisty – you can see it coiling up on itself!) when it went in for its bath this morning. But a couple of changes of hot and cold water, a good squeeze and a snap between the hands have it hanging meek and straight in the shower, drying. I think a hat is in its future.
Hallowe’en. Samhain. The midpoint between the autumn equinox and the midwinter solstice. It’s today!
This is also the first festival celebrated by my Wheel of the Year Club! I know that some of the packages have arrived with people already. I’m not sure they have all arrived, though, especially in the US where some folks have been hit really, really hard by snow over the last weekend. So! To avoid spoilers, I’m putting the inspiration photographs and a couple of club hints behind the following cut. Click to read on…Read More»
Entries are now closed for this week’s giveaway! Please come back later today to find out who the lucky winner is!
OK, so this is a thing I’m going to do every time the Wheel of the Year shipments are about to go out. It’s a way of spreading the club joy a little further; a little wider.
Signups for the Wheel of the Year club ended last Monday, and I have been busy dyeing, winding, washing and all the rest of it this week. As it happens, I have an extra skein of lace weight yarn from the colour prototyping phase for this installment. It’s not exactly the same as the finished versions, but recognisably similar, and it’s waiting to go home to one of you!
A skein of lace weight yarn (weavers, you might also rather like it!) in this season’s club colour. No photographs are going up for this one, for obvious reasons. (Spoilers!)
How to enter:
Comment on this post by noon (UK time) on Monday.
Who can enter?
Anyone! I don’t mind if you’re already in the club or not. Though, if you’re in the lace club, bear in mind that this won’t be a perfect match for the skein you’ll be receiving anyway.