Sunday, May 4, 2014

State of the Lanafactrix: Non-Knitting Edition

 You may have noticed that there hasn't been much in the way of WIP updates this past week or so.  Partly this is because I am a multicraftual sort, and I have been working on things other than knitting.

Such as cross-stitch . . .

(This is a facsimile antique map of the world, my current television project.  Every now and then I get the cross-stitch bug, and it will not be appeased until I get utterly bloody sick of Old Antique Blush Rose #467 and drop the project like a hot potato for two years.)

. . . and spinning (plus dog nose cameo):

Yes, I have taken up spinning, after a too-good-to-pass-up opportunity to acquire a wheel came my way.  It is a Louet S15 (discontinued, but similar to the S10), and I am utterly terrible at using it.  Really.  So bad.  You have no idea.

But practice makes perfect, as they say, so I try to spin at least every now and again.  This is some combed BFL top from Pigeonroof Studios in the colorway "Marine," and it really came out nicely.  I still need to wash the finished product, but eh.  It turns out that, as badly as I drag my feet when it comes to finishing knitting projects, I'm even worse when it comes to spinning.

And let's not even talk about actually knitting anything with the handspun.


AlisonH said...

That's gorgeous. I've known a fair number of spinners who, after they've've spun a lot, can't make that kind of thick yarn-with-personality even if they tried, although some of course still can. It's beautiful yarn, and it's okay to just enjoy it as an end product to itself for however long you want to.

Lanafactrix said...

That's what they tell me! It's a little frustrating, though; I don't really work with anything bigger than fingering weight on a daily basis, and very seldom with anything over a worsted. So I have all this bulky yarn piling up with no purpose!