Nearly Relaxing Time

My first plied hank

My first plied hank

Oh, we’re so close! It’s been a hectic week, and I’m so very ready for the weekend. I just need a little time to recharge my batteries.

See my iddy biddy hank? Isn’t it cute! Well, ok, it’s probably less cute with the huge chunks of maroon yarn holding it together. I’m just happy how it turned out! It’s lumpy, has parts that are super thin and then super thick, but it’s my first plied yarn. I’m quite pleased.

I received my sea foam BFL from Three Waters Farm yesterday. It’s gorgeous! I got a little bit of it started yesterday, but I think I kept at it too late. By the end, my yarn kept breaking, sure-fire sign that I wasn’t getting enough twist into it. So, I switched to the merino/bamboo/silk blend. Same problem. That’s my brain tapping my shoulder and saying, “You really ought to go to bed.”

Switching spindles, I did notice that there’s a real weight difference between my top whorl and bottom whorl. I don’t think it’s because one is top and the other is bottom. I think it has to do with the weight of the wood. The bottom whorl is heavier and gets a really good spin to it. I have to keep at the top whorl to keep it spinning. I’m wondering if that wasn’t one of my problems last night. I’d been working with the bottom whorl for a few days and may have gotten used to not having to spin it so often.

Ken’s socks are nearly done! I’m on the leg. I should be able to finish it at lunch today, or at least by the time I get home. After that, I’m making a pair for dad. We’ll plan that out this weekend when I see him for Easter. Hopefully we can use something from the stash. Otherwise, he’ll have to wait a little longer before he can have his socks.

This weekend, I plan to do as little as possible, which is a pipe dream. I’m baking a cake for Sunday at my parents’ house. Mom chose a chocolate cake with chocolate ganache. This should be interesting. Cake I’ve made plenty of times, but I’ve never made a ganache.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Any fun plans?

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22 thoughts on “Nearly Relaxing Time

  1. Great post. I’m away with friends at a Christian convention in katoomba NSW, celebrating Jesus birth and resurrection. And I’m doing as much knitting as I can! Hoping to finish a beret and then keep working on a baby blanket for a friend :)

  2. Beautiful! Much prettier than my first attempt. As for the singles breaking, check how much your spindle weighs when it’s full, vs when you first started. That can make a big difference. And spin on!
    Karen

  3. We’re going to my in-laws for the Easter weekend. We’ll be having an Easter Egg hunt in the garden for the little ones. I’ve just made a walnut tart for the weekend too.

  4. I agree, very cute yarn. I have trouble enough trying to find time to knit and crochet but you spin too! Thanks for coming around to my blog and you got yourself a new follower! In the next few days, I’m gonna have fun trawling through some of you older posts.

  5. I looks great! You should be very proud of it! My kids have a 4 day weekend from school, so I am going to have them help me clean, and I am going to work on a new “doll” of some kind, I have the idea in my head anyway. Our family is very far away for the 2nd year in a row it will just be my husband and I, the three kids and I am going to make a big dinner and we will have fun making a cake from scratch and dying eggs tomorrow night. Happy Easter everyone!

  6. It’s so pretty. Congrats on spinning your own yarn. I love the hanks where it’s thick and thin throughout, that’s what gives the yarn it’s character.

    I hope you made the move over to my new blog with me. If not here’s the link
    http://www.themahoganyway.com

    Have a great weekend!

  7. Lovely yarn! I’ll be knitting all weekend to finish a bag I’m working on and hopefully enjoying some blue skies n sunshine (though its still below 5 degrees here!)

  8. The lady who taught me to spin always says “Love your lumps!” because you can always buy perfectly spun yarn, so why would you be sad that the yarn you made yourself is special and unique?

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