Of Spinning and Plying

Spinning

Early this summer, I made the decision that I was going to spend a set amount of time every day spinning. When I was working away from home, there were not enough hours in the day for everything I wanted or needed to do in a day. Especially the “want” to do things.

It did take a little while to get going on my goal. A couple weeks ago, I decided that 30 minutes a day would be sufficient to get me on the road to improvement. Just like when kids are out for the summer and lose some of what they learned, I had lost a lot of my spinning skills.

This is the first yarn I plied at the beginning of this return to spinning:

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Since then, I have spun another bobbin that I am now plying with this single that was spun about 2 years ago:

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This is is the bobbin I just finished spinning:

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I don’t know if any of you can see the difference in the quality of the spinning, but I can. Last night I started plying those two singles together. One improvement I noticed was that my plying this time around is far better. It is always so exciting when you can see improvement in a new skill! In a month or two, I will probably be able to see even more improvement.

Knitting

On the knitting front, I want to show off a little hat I made back in June. My good friend, Hillary, asked me to make it for her friend, Heidi. Heidi had just been diagnosed with breast cancer and we didn’t know yet what her treatment and prognosis would be. Hillary asked me to make the hat ‘just in case’ she had to have chemo. It turns out that she will not be having chemo, but everyone needs a new hat. Just because.

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This pattern is free on Ravelry. It is called The Perfect Beret and is by janelleknits. It was easy and really quick to knit up. I think it only took me a couple of days from cast on to bind off. Over the past few years, I have made several berets from different patterns and they were all easy.

Over on Ravelry, I have been making a pattern bundle for Christmas. I’ve been adding little things that I would like to knit for my family this year. The Ravelry pattern bundle idea was sheer genius. I love it. In the past, I have made bundles for my kids when I was trying to find sweaters to knit for them. It just seems easier than tagging to me. I love to have a little something to give the kids that I knit for them and they seem to really like it, too.

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