Tuesday, March 22, 2011
During Fibres West I managed to spin a couple of bobbins - the purple (River's Edge Blueberry/Grape Juice) was spun off the fold. The green (Ashland Bay's Mackenzie merino/silk) was core spun.
Both were plied with mylar. The Mackenzie was plied with a mylar gimp; Juice was plied with a smooth supported mylar.
Wet finished them this afternoon and will bring them to guild drop-in tonight.
Both yarns gave off a slight blush of colour - one more argument for wet finishing skeins before knitting or weaving with them. And of course they both bloomed during the wet finishing, changing their feel and character.
I was a bit leery using the gimp because it's a little scratchy, but by using it on the core spun yarn the gimp is essentially buried in the yarn and you can't feel it at all.
Both yarns are intended for knitting or weft in weaving. I would not use either of these for warp due to the abrasion of the reed. They might just possibly be okay on a rigid heddle loom but I'd have to try that before I could confidently recommend that usage.
Tomorrow morning I have the bone marrow biopsy done. Both looms are naked although I'm half way through threading a test warp on the AVL. I don't know if I'll feel up to weaving afterwards but I'm hoping I can sit and spin. Results should be available in about 48 hours so I'm hoping for a phone call Friday afternoon. It's getting hard to wait for answers. :}
Today was a sunny day and I soaked up the sunshine as I plied the two bobbins this morning. I think in my next life I'll come back as a cat. ;^)
currently reading House Rules by Jodie Picoult