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.