Saturday, August 4, 2012

Status update on my 100-mile skirt

It's a hot day here in Glen Valley, threatening to go up to 32 degrees by mid-afternoon.  So I thought I'd catch some time indoors next to the fan and do an update on the 100-mile skirt.

A while back I combed a bundle of the grey alpaca and divided what I had done into two batches.  I've spun most of that onto two bobbins -- very fine with a light twist. Even though this spinning has produced a lot of yardage, I may need more.  So I asked my friend if she would return the bag of grey alpaca I gave her.  It is so nice to have understanding friends.

I have next to spin an equal amount of the blue fibre -- totally amazing stuff from Sweet Georgia Yarns fibre club.  Titled "Placid Waters" it is 50% merino, 25%  bamboo and 25% tussah silk.  It has a wonderful sheen and subtle gradations of blues.  As with the grey alpaca, I underestimated how much I would need, so again in a mild panic and relying on the kindness of friends, I asked another dear friend if I could have her braid of "plaid waters".  She willingly gave up her braid and for that I am very thankful.

Now I have no excuse to procrastinate.  I have more than enough fibre to do the job and a good chunk of time on my hands.  My problem is my own attention span.  I like starting projects and trying new things.  The part where you have to finish is the part that takes a lot of discipline.  Right now, this project is in the spinning marathon phase.  Just sit and spin.  And spin.  And then ply, and ply.  And so forth until I have what I figure is enough to get the job done and the skirt made.

Then it's a knitting triathlon as there are different aspects to the skirt. That I can manage, what with my transit assisted commute to the city.  I'm aiming to wear this skirt by Thanksgiving.  See if I'm right.


  1. The yarn you are spinning is to die for. Love the colours you are choosing.
    It is 36.2C in Ashcroft this afternoon and we are sitting with 2 air conditioners going and it barely keeping up. Tomorrow is to be hotter -- we could see 40C. No knitting in this house with temps like this. I sweat just thinking about it.

  2. Hang in there Ann, this hot spell won't last long -- and you'll be knitting again in no time.