*button, anyone? (sing it with me, to the tune of "Beauty School Dropout" -- knitalong dropout...woo-oo-ooo....)
The night before last, I suddenly remembered that I had joined Twisted Knitters. Not that it necessarily matters, since we all know that I just join things willy-nilly and then participate quite half-assed or not at all, right? (Not one stitch on a sock for Socktoberfest. Not.one.stitch. And I probably don't need to remind you that it's November now. I still haven't finished the 2nd Trekking sock, and that knitalong ended Labor Day. We won't even discuss Must Have Too)
So when I remembered TK, I sat down at the spinning wheel, grabbed some from the ample fiber stash, and spun this:
Regular-sized paper clip added for scale. It looks like a pile of poo. Honestly, have you ever?! It's some orangey and some brown and some I-don't-know-maybe-silver-gray Corriedale. I had such good luck spinning Corriedale into a sock yarn last year that I thought this would be great. It didn't take me too long to realize that I was spinning perhaps the world's ugliest yarn, and I cut my losses. I wasn't even sentimental about it. It's in the trash now.
It also didn't take me long to realize that I am out of practice, and wow, spinning takes practice. I definitely can't remember how to ride that bicycle anymore.
Not to worry, though. I've been having a ton of fun with the dyes. I also had a bobbin-full of some wonderfully soft stuff that I spun last spring and plied it a couple of weeks ago. I threw it in the dye pot with some Jacquard periwinkle the end of last week. It didn't come out periwinkle, but a brilliant blue-purple -- I'd call it indigo blue, really. With some white spots where the ties were (damn). It's so soft and lovely I want to make underwear out of it.
But I won't.
I got inspired about an idea of Twisted Knitters cum Red Scarf Project, and I decided to dye some more yarns in reds yesterday. I dyed a small ball of My Favorite Rambouillet (a/k/a Plain Vanilla yarn) in burgundy and some Lion's Brand Fishermen's Wool (why do I keep forgetting that that yarn is so nice?....really) a russet red.
The reds are drying now. Should make a nice scarf, hm?
P.S. Panera is reconsidering about the Red Scarf Project. We are an awesome force! It wouldn't hurt if a few more emails were sent, I'm thinking.....