The Spinning of a Yarn

The Spinning of a Yarn

I recently got a Schacht Matchless and to say I adore it is an understatement. It is an amazing wheel and I am getting my spinning groove back.

In my box Spunky Eclectic had tucked some lovely fiber  and so I divided the fiber in half with a goal of plying the yarn keeping each color separate with gentle gradient transitions between each color change.

I would say my results were very good and the process gave me a good refresher in spinning and plying. I had some thinner spots in spinning, but as I continued, my consistency got better and I achieved a move even single. My plying had some spots where I over spun a bit, but I did not let that deter me and I forged ahead working on applying just enough twist to balance out my yarn. I skeined it up and sent it off to the tub for a nice bath and I ended up with a 2-ply yarn that had 16 WPI.

I tweaked this lozenge stitch scarf pattern and cast on 122 stitches and joined in the round to make a cowl and my results were more than pleasing.

 

Thoughts on Yarn.

Thoughts on Yarn.

I’ve always done things the hard way. I was born like a piece of tangled yarn. The job is trying to untangle it, and I’ll probably go on doing it for the rest of my life. ~Karen Allen

I honestly can admit that in the past 10 years since I have been knitting there have been more days than not that yarn has consumed my thoughts.

Recently though, the yarn thought process has taken on a completely new meaning.

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Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

First, there was a bit of dyeing.

Then there was a little re-skeining.

Finally yesterday, with the help of my incredibly talented friend, AsKatKnits Studios was born!

Today AsKatKnits Studios is open for business.

Please feel free to go look around a bit. I will be adding more yarns and fibers in the upcoming days.

I would like to thank StevoFC for all his help yesterday! Your attention to detail, your drive for perfection, and your willingness to drop everything to help a friend is humbling.

Gentle Readers, if ever you need any web design work, I would highly recommend him!

Thanks, Steve!

The Art of Meditation

Practice meditation regularly. Meditation leads to eternal bliss. Therefore meditate, meditate – Swami Sivananda.

In search of bliss, one can easily overlook the steps to get there… namely the meditation part.

So here’s to the fine are of meditation, and the practice thereof, and just in time for Lent.

Now, I probably should tell you that I have a long way to go to achieve Meditation Excellence. My meditation skills are in the Meditation Failure Category, honestly.

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What are you doing New Years…

It has been quite a year here at Casa del KatKnits. I have come through mostly unscathed and I am reluctant to complain – especially when I see friends who have had much greater trials who utter not a word of discontent. The lesson of their quiet fortitude is one that I need much practice on!

I am however looking forward to the start of a New Year, with great anticipation.

However, I feel that a bit of a recap is in order … sort of a what’s what in the of the Year of the Kat.

It all began with me moving into a new place to live. A nice change. No flooding in the lower level was a vast improvement. The more cost efficient payment was a bonus as well.

I made the transition from being a “day” person to working nights. Not an easy feat for a person who was up without an alarm clock at 5AM for years. This taught me that I can truly do anything, a good lesson to have learned. More on the job later in the post.

I managed to find some time during the year to work on improving my craft – I acquired a loom or two and have found that I love weaving. I also did some spinning that won some awards at the local fiber festival. And, as for knitting – I have discovered the joy of knitting with yarn that  I  have made. A true joy indeed and this has given me a renewed interest in spinning  There is just something wonderfully indulgent about putting socks on that you have spun and knit. It was a year of selfish knitting though, and my knitted wardrobe has increased nicely.

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