Friday, May 22, 2015

Two By Two

The Molly poncho is crocheted as two equal rectangles. I don't plan to make them identical, but I do want the colours to be equally distributed. So I have dyed two skeins of each colour, one for each part. I plied a bit more boucle, but I probably won't use it. I rather think there's going to be enough going on without it.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Texture


At yesterday's craft meeting, Corlie suggested I try to add some texture to my poncho. So I spun a bit of boucle (or plied a bit of boucle, to be more accurate) and crocheted a sample. Hmmm. I think the longest stitch works best in terms of texture. It would add weight to the poncho, because the yarn is necessarily thicker than my 'plain vanilla' yarn, but a row here and there might work. I'll mull over this for a bit. Any suggestions welcome!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Still Spinning

I'm still spinning. It seems amazing that all that fluffy wool will fit onto the bobbin, but it will. I'm going off to craft group meeting this morning, so I won't get  much spinning done, but it will wait for me.

Green

Right. The green wool is done. Spun, plied and wound into two skeins.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Ready for Green


I spun another batch of natural wool for my poncho, after finishing two skeins of red. The coloured wool is slightly felted, which makes it tricky to work with. The natural zips along with much less effort. I'll spin the green next and then another batch of natural. That should be enough to get going with.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Dyed-in-the-Wool


My daughter brought this wool when she visited last year. There are two lengths of red and two of lime green. I thought they'd work well for my poncho because it's going to be multi-coloured and I won't need much of each colour.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Doing the Twist

Adding twist to a thread makes it stronger. A thread with less twist is softer. When spinning, you have to balance these two attributes, strength and softness, keeping in mind the purpose of the yarn being spun. When I'm spinning for sock knitting, I usually aim for a yarn with a tight twist because strength is important. The wool on the left is sock yarn. But for a poncho, I want a soft yarn, so I aimed to spin the wool with less twist.

On my spinningwheel, I can influence the degree of twist in the thread by moving the drive band. In the top picture, the band is set for a higher ratio than in the bottom picture. What that means is that for every time the wheel goes round, it turns the spindle whorl more times, so the thread is more twisted. So I spun the sock yarn with the drive band set as in the top picture, and the poncho yarn with the band sitting on the bigger spindle whorl. The yarn pulled in more quickly on the lower ratio, so I had to keep my wits about me!