Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Off-Balance and So, So Lazy

So, I'm rolling along, spinning the most lovely 2-ply yarn, and this happens.

If I were less lazy, I would go straight to Option A: Change the plying head and drive band back to the normal ones, spin approximately half the remaining singles onto another bobbin, then going back to the plying head and drive band and spin more 2-ply yarn. 

But I am so, so lazy. 

Option B, for the truly lazy, is to use the remaining singles as weft yarn. I actually have a warp on the loom right now that would work with this yarn. Option C, for those who enjoy creating small Granny balls of yarn for display, is to chain-ply the remaining singles and finish with roughly enough 3-ply yarn to make a little hat.

What would you do? 

Practical Margy is leaning toward Option A, just because it would be so nice to have enough two-ply to knit a lacy shawl. But Lazy Margy has been trying to be more authentic, lately, so I'm veering toward a nice ball of 3-ply. (Could I really be more lazy? Probably.)

Meanwhile, for your consideration, about 400 yards of 2-ply BFL/silk.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Morning Brew

Just a typical Friday morning.

T-shirt is brewing.

Challah is brewing.

Warp is brewing.

The dyeing bug has hit, as it does every so often. I wanted to put the jar out in the sun, but I was afraid that the many neighborhood animals would knock it over. I found a few goodies from the garden yesterday, bundled them up in the tee, and covered the whole with simmering water, old teabags and bay leaves (for luck).There is also a little sour salt in the jar. [BTW, I do use chemical dyes--just not this day.]

Can't wait to start threading and weaving, but we have a long weekend full of activity, so it may have to wait. I hate when that happens, because every time I walk by the loom I am reminded that I am a poor steward of the yarn hanging over the front of the loom. It also gives me too much opportunity to re-think my project. So many options, and only one warp.

Thursday, May 14, 2015


I have only myself to blame, according to Art, because I wound this little cake of hand-dyed silk. And I suppose he is right.

I managed to get about 270 yards wound onto my warping reel before all hell broke loose, with knotted loops of yarn coming off both ends of the middle. And now, I am asking myself (and you) how many hours I should spend trying to remedy the situation.

Notes to future self: 1. Wind silk yarn onto warping reel directly from the skein (from the swift). 2. Sometimes, drinking a cup of coffee and a writing a blog post is helpful.