Ekaterina Filippova-Blanchard’s FOX trot scarf is a seriously cute knit. It’s boomerang-shaped, worked from the nose in garter stitch. Short rows make for an interesting construction and the little ears, paws and tail are super sweet features.
I used Gilliatt by De Rerum Natura, which is an absolutely beautiful ecologically produced merino wool yarn from France. It’s soft and bouncy with great stitch definition. There are so many lovely colourways: potimarron (pumpkin) is my main colour and poivre blanc (white pepper) is the first contrasting colour.
I ordered this beautifully soft roving from Hedgehog Fibres. It’s hand-dyed 21 micron merino in the colourway Fallen. I was really drawn to the muted purple and brown tones.
My first go resulted in one overspun single. I experienced some technical difficulty (the hot weather had caused an elastic band on my wheel to disintegrate), and some frustration. However, the corkscrew, telephone cord look of it has grown on me. Another skein to add to my ‘novelty’ pile, which is by far the largest pile as far as my handspun goes!
In contrast, my second go at this roving resulted in one underspun single. I reduced the tension on my wheel and was a bit gun shy when it came to the twist. Now, if only I could settle on a happy medium!
Until I sat down to spin these skeins, I hadn’t spun since December. December! The workshop I went to at Gemini Fibres made me feel more confident but as it turns out, that feeling was temporary. The more I read about spinning, the more complicated I convinced myself it was. In an effort to get myself back on the wheel I joined SweetGeorgia’s Fibre Club. Felicia Lo’s hand-dyed fibre and yarns are amazing – it has been fun to play around with all that colour.
Superwash Merino in the Banana Pancakes colourway came in June. I hit some bumps here as well but there are fewer slubs (thick and thin bits) than in The Foundation, which I found encouraging.
Panda is a silky blend of Superwash Merino, bamboo and nylon, and came in July in the Summer Twilight colourway. This was really fun to spin – I tried a 3-ply spun from three separate singles. The slightly slippery fibre took some getting used to but I loved spinning it once I got the hang of it.