The Daily Purl







Spinning cashmere and silk fiber. Only a little yarn was produced before the cocoon of threads slipped off the spindle and drifted to the floor. I’ll start again, but I think the weather calls for wool. Wool and thoughts of a spinning wheel…..


handspun & handknit

Still spinning and knitting stockinette stitch…
I need to get more of this fiber – I only had enough for a large long swatch, but I love the way it looks in stockinette stitch. Uneven stitches. Unexpected beauty.
Mongolian Cashmere & Mulberry Silk Top in Cream
50/50, Micron Count : 16
And winding yarn…
I was the lucky recipient of Nova’s birthday contest – my first STR yarn!
Thank you so much Nova!


handspun : landscape

Hand-Dyed Shetland Wool by hello yarn in Landscape
I became obsessed with spinning this fiber last week. Each evening I would spin different colours. Green grass one day, fuchsia sky the next. Saturday morning I plied it, set the twist and put it outside to dry for the rest of the afternoon. Spinning still comes second to knitting. It’s something I do in spurts. But I can’t help admit that while spinning up this particular Shetland wool top the desire to make the huge mental and financial jump from spindle to wheel grew greater as these colours twisted round each other.
As for my knitting, I’ve been working on this. All other projects are on hold. Stockinette stitch is what I need now & so that’s what I must knit.


fiber crush

I found myself reaching for some yak/merino fleece while at The Yarn Tree the other day – curious about this fiber after seeing it here and here.
So I added it to the bunch of small bags of fiber to test spin. Mongolian cashmere/mulberry silk, merino in gold, sand colored baby alpaca and cream-colored yak/merino. I spun up a bit of each to get the feel of various fibers before committing to one that would fill my spindle. The cashmere/silk was trouble, the most difficult fiber I’ve spun yet. (I think it was the silk.) The merino was easy. The baby alpaca fast. The yak/merino perfect – so I spun up more. Smooth spinning and so soft. While plying the yak/merino using the Andean plying bracelet method, one ply split and coiled its way into the bracelet. I took it off my wrist and it became more of a mess, so I untangled it and wound it onto a niddy noddy. After setting the twist of the singles and two-ply with steam, I hung them on each end of a hanger to dry. I love the inconsistencies of the two-ply. Overspun beads next to airy plies. And since I don’t want to knit it up right away (need to take in the finished handspun high for a few days or weeks) I needed some yak to knit. Shokay, 100% pure yak down in an earthy color. All set up on my coffee table: yak yarn, needles, a print out of A Scarf Askew and The Natural Knitter (more on this book tomorrow).