I am continuing to ply the holiday spinning, but this is the last of it… This coreopsis-dyed yellow yarn has been waiting patiently for weeks. The eucalyptus-dyed yarn is a new spin.
Of course, there is more eucalyptus-dyed corriedale spun on holiday and plied recently. I elected to keep the two shades distinct. When I began dyeing I preferred dyeing yarn and was afraid to dye fleece. Now I prefer to dye the fleece, because it gives me so much choice when it comes to spinning (and I have learned a few things about controlling the temperature of the dye bath to avoid felting).
I also decided that I could probably refine my newspaper spinning skills, and you know, I think I have! It’s possible to coax the newspaper strips into a tube as you spin, and I like the effect better. I think I also succeeded in creating a lower twist single that still holds together. More fun than I had ever expected…
Apparently, just because I could. Some time ago I found this link and bookmarked it. One day this week I went to Green UpGrader again and suddenly I just had to do it. Soon I went from an ordinary issue of The Guardian to this:
And after a couple of evenings of rustly spinning, this:
I am surprised how much I like it. I may have to do it again. There was some crocking (dye rubbing off), but since I didn’t dye this, I didn’t feel bad about it either!
Then last night, after a very random but charming conversation on Ravelry where I offered to take suggestions about what to knit with my cassette tape yarn…(cassette tape core spun over natural grey wool or eucalyptus dyed merino)…
I made this:
The pattern is Knit Hedgehogs by Purl Soho. Friends came over late in the evening to sleep over, go to the airport and leave their dog with us while they are in Melbourne. There was a lot of hilarity, beginning with ‘What are you doing?!’ Then there were suggestions as to whether it looked like an echidna (or a puffer fish), whether my embroidery improved the likeness (or not), whether it was cute (or suspicious)… Then there was consultation of the interwebs about whether hedgehogs have ears or tails. We don’t have hedgehogs in this country and we had to reference Wind in the Willows or Beatrix Potter or some such anglophile literature we’d been exposed to as children for any information about hedgehogs we ever had. So then there were many showings of cute hedgehogs from the interwebs. I’m not sure what the dog made of it.
In short, I still have a lot of cassette tape yarn left!!