Leslie has cast on South Marysburgh Slippers out of Dragonfly Fibers in the Valkyrie base. She started a sleeve on the EvenFlow by Joji Locatelli, out of Must Stash Yarns Sweater Girl in the Queen of Hearts colorway.
Laura is knitting on a I Heart Rainbows sweater by Tin Can Knits. She is using The Loopy Ewe Solid Series in Charcoal and a Loopy’s Paintbox Kit. She has gone down to size 1.5 needles (2.5mm). She has also started a pair of Fish Lips Kiss heel socks out of Desert Vista Dyework in the DVD Logo colorway.
Laura has spun 115 grams of Organic Merino from Southern Cross Fibres. Next up will be Three Waters Farm Corridale in the Homestead Purple colorway.
Leslie finished a Fiber Double Shot Batt set by Moonshine Fiber Company in the Brite & Murky colorways. It was 2plied on the Hansen and got 402 yards.
Book Review: New Heights in Lace Knitting by Andrea Jurgrau
Question from Knitgen, “Dear Leslie and Laura,
How do you know/imagine/predict what a braid or batt of fiber will spin up looking as a finished product? Is there a way to have an idea of how it will look using different spinning techniques, 2-ply, 3-ply, fractal spun and so on. I’m tempted by all these beautiful braids and so far my spinning has turned out beautiful but I want to be able to better plan the color/look of my finished yarn. Right now, it feels like a surprise.
If sampling is the answer to my first question. How do you do that? Start with an ounce and try all the different versions? But what if you only have 4 ounces?
I just finished spinning a braid that I spit in half lengthwise, hated spinning the first half, enjoyed the second half and love the final product. The first half was not attractive and I hated it. It took me months to finish this project because of that. I just plied it this morning and was loving the result.
I was thinking of adding a second braid to improve the boring first half, but in the end decided not to. How do you know when to add a second color/braid to the mix. Adding a second color, how do you decide between a solid or a second complimentary variegated.”
Leslie is listening to The Cycle of Arwan.
Laura has been reading short stories by Grace Draven and Gail Carriger. She has also read Dragon Storm by Katie McAlister and Wolfsong by T.J.Klune.
Upcoming CATTS including Stash Dash
Dates of SAL/KAL June 1st-Stash Dash end
Laura will be in Boston for ILA July 9th-11th.
Live Podcast 7/18