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I meant to have this posted yesterday, but since yesterday started at 6 am for me yesterday, it kinda threw the whole day off. I did play some though.

First off, wanna see what I got in the mail?

combs, pad, clamp

The little clamps I got at the local chain hardware store. I was worried they wouldn’t work because they weren’t really clamps, they’re grips. They do hold the pad secure , so I’m pretty happy. I’m worried they’ll only work out here on the railing, but more about that tomorrow.

Over the weekend I did no spinning. After the sock spinning, I think I was kinda burnt on the spinning front. I’m trying to decide what, if anything, I can do with the leftovers

sock leftovers

There’s quite a bit there. Two of the … wow, my mind just did a complete blank… BOBBINS! (I hate when my mind does that to me.) Two of the bobbins finished at the same time and many many yards left. I haven’t counted yet. Probably soon. It’d be good to get that wound, washed and put away instead of sitting on my coffee table. I’m sure Bear would like to see some stuff put away too. It also came to my attention that on some monitors that yarn looks pink… It’s red. Solid perfect shiny red. There’s some darker strands here and there and they give it a nice look, but it really should look red. Not pink.

But finally I started to get some spinning mojo back. I started spinning some laceweight

rambouillet laceweight

I found some Rambouillet wool under the guest bed. I don’t really remember buying it. I mean, I’m sure it was during one of those ebay things where you click buy and then you forget because you couldn’t possibly have just bought a pound of wool… Anyways, this stuff is sooooooo very nice. I almost hate spinning it. I just want to keep it there and pet it. I really hadn’t planned on spinning this next and I probably won’t spin that much before I ditch this and go for some Spunky FOTM fiber. It’s around 4 oz of Strawberry Fields (April fiber).

Ahh, here’s the picture

Strawberry Fields

That’s probably next. For some reason, I just haven’t had the urge to pick it up. Sadly, it might be a while before I do. Hot weather is coming and I don’t like spinning with sticky hands.

So that last post I made kinda hammered home how much I still have to learn about making yarn. I noticed that I was losing twist as I plied, but it wasn’t until I started reading Abby‘s plying video (that link is for the post, scroll to the bottom if you want just the video) and tutorials (Part 1, Finishing and Questions). The video goes between Part 1 and Finishing if someone cares about the order. I’m not upset with the sock yarn at all, but I’m definitely going to be a little more adventurous with my plying and finishing now.

Oh and a little note: Notice how there’s no pictures of the sock that I’m making with the red yarn? That’s because I got all the way to heel, turned it twice and hated it both times. I got so mad I completely ripped it out and have started over. Because this is rather plain sock, I was going to take pictures maybe after the heel turn, but now I have no pictures. I should have recorded how I went wrong on the first two attempts because I’m sure I’ve made these mistakes before. So lacking pictures, I’m going to just record make a note to future myself here:

a) You have broad, nonpointy toes. Stop making toes that are only 8 stitches across at the top. It doesn’t make sense. 12 is probably closer to what you want and 10 is cutting it close. Having a flat, unnatural shape at the tip of your foot might work for dress shoes, but not socks.

b) You’re feet are just over 10 inches. Not 11, not 9.5. 10″. Really. Promise. Both feet have been measured multiple times. One is a bit shorter than the other, but neither is 9.5″ and neither is 11″. Stop making the foot so long or so short. Baggy heels look just as bad as scrunched up toes.