I kind of felt bad for starting a new spinning project when there’s still work to be done on my WIP list, but then I realized I haven’t done any spinning since July – yikes! It was about time Mabel got some attention.
Last winter was one of the most intense I have ever experienced. Some days were so cold that neither my hand-knit wool or alpaca mittens were warm enough. They were fine when all I had to do was walk from the door to the car, but if I was spending any significant amount of time outside the icy wind would just cut right through the minuscule gaps between stitches and numb my hands. Imagine my horror when I heard that this winter is predicted to be colder. Whether that actually plays out or not, I’m determined to be prepared this time around. Enter Thrummed Mittens.
These are mittens with bits of unspun fleece actually knitted into them and they’re supposed to be like little ovens for your hands. I’m using the Yarn Harlot’s pattern to make myself a pair. I was planning on finishing all my WIPs before starting these, but it’s already November and I could very well be needing these in a couple of weeks. That’s the beauty of hobbies, any deadlines or goals you set for yourself are flexible – it’s better to work on the mittens now so they’ll actually be available when I need them.
Remember that handspun I showed you a last week? It started off as Wool of the Andes roving from Knit Picks in Tidepool Heather. When I started winding it into a yarn cake (using my trusty Knit Picks swift and ballwinder, of course!) I realized it wasn’t quite enough for the mittens, so I’m using another skein of handspun for some subtle stripes. This one is made from Malabrigo Nube in the Aquas colourway.
They’re really close, so these are going to be very subtle stripes. Since the thrumming will kind of look like polka dots it’s probably best – don’t want too much going on at once!
Another project down. As you can see, I’ve finished spinning the alpaca. It was definitely a learning experience.
I’ve probably mentioned that I name my tools. Well, now it’s time to meet Mabel (named after this delightful character). Mabel is Kromski Fantasia that I got this past February and I love her. I purchased an unfinished wheel and stained and assembled her myself. I like that I was able to give her some personality that way – it’s a little difficult to photograph (at least with my limited skills) but her wheel is a beautiful pearly red.
Lately I’ve been feeling like I’m constantly working on projects and still not getting anywhere so I’ve decided to get my fibre pursuits a bit more organized. The first step was actually rounding up all my WIPs (Works In Progress) and I was shocked by how many there are. Some of these have been on the needles for years and it really is time that I got a handle on them. Let’s start off with a group shot so you can see just how daunting a task this is, there are eight projects in total!