25 January, 2011

Spinning Yarn in the Fog, Figuratively Speaking

Feels strange to spin without a clear and complete project goal in mind.  That's how I started off when I learned to spin.  I spun and took what I could get.  Somewhere along the way I began to form ideas and objectives at the fibre stage instead of the yarn stage.

I expect there will be ten ounces when I'm done the project I showed you yesterday once I do an additional five bobbins after the first set.  Possibly the yarn will come out as thick as Aran weight, probably two and a half ounces per skein, and–from what I've been led to expect–yarn very suitable for knitting cables due to the very round shape of five strands plied together.  

Ten ounces is inadequate for a sweater.  I'm not much for vests.  I've considered that intriguing type of close-fitting hat with a cabled band crossways at the crown, but I know myself.  I am a woven-fabric hood and bucket hat sort of person.  Same with cushion covers.  Those wear better woven even though people do persist on knitting them with cables and call them pretty.  I think scarves ought to be the same front and back, which cables aren't.  A cowl wouldn't drape softly around the neck when knit at the correct firmness for cables.  I have the legs for kilt hose but no desire to build my wardrobe around chunky Mary Janes and plaid skirts.  Besides, kilt hose would be a seriously intrepid and formidable choice for first sock.  Armwarmers with cables would be nifty for about five minutes and then I'd feel conspicuous.  That pretty much leaves mittens.  Yes, let's do mittens.  Or buy more wool and spin for the Marseilles pullover pattern by Kathy Zimmerman.  Or–I don't know.

I do enjoy the planning stage yet I dislike being indecisive for too long.

ETA: as a friend reminded me, there is a reversible cabled scarf pattern: Palindrome by Kristin Bellehumeur.

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