I have a few sweaters that I have spent months working on, only to find they are quite large. I have folded them up and shoved them in a closet as reminders of past failures. At least I got the construction right, I tell myself. At least that dang gauge swatch was dead-on, I would comfort myself. What happened? What can I do with this knitted abomination? Craftsy is offering a class that I hope will have the answer for me.
Sweater Surgery with Carol Feller seems to be a good choice of a class to take for someone in my situation. I watched the first lesson, which is an overview and introduction, and it seems like a class that is going to be worth my money.
I will keep you up-to-date on my how I’m getting on with the class and if I actually fixed any of my sweaters. Here’s a link to one such disaster: Red Sweater. I hope to give it new life and wear it in the fall.
I’m sure this is a class though that many of us would benefit from. Take a look!
I’m getting better! I actually managed plying, washing and making a skein. I am making spinning improvements. I’m really enjoying my Craftsy class.
I used a combination of wool roving I got from the SAFONA fiber festival. I used Shetland (so far my favorite to work with) Jacob, Portuguese, and Blue Face Leicester Bottom roving. All are nice to work with, and I wish I had bought more. These wools came in a sampler pack. I am also finding out that an ounce of roving can go a long way.
I’m still using my top whorl spindle, but I had a Turkish spindle that I bought a while back. I’m using that now, too.
Here, I am using the Shetland roving on the top whorl spindle. My yarn is getting more consistent.
On the Turkish spindle, I am using the Jacob roving. I like it, but it’s not my favorite, but it makes for good practice with the Turkish spindle.
On a sadder note, the knitting community lost Knit Purl Gurl today. She suddenly past away. Her blog and podcasts had a huge following and she contributed so much to knitting and fiber arts. She will be dearly missed.
I’ve been working through Craftsy’s Spindling: From Fluff to Stuff class. It’s interesting! I’ve been wanting to spin my own yarn for a while now, and a drop spindle seemed like a good place to start, as is this class. After a few attempts, I got this tangled mess in Exhibit A, my first handspun.
It looks bad, but a product from a skill usually doesn’t the first time around, right? It looks yucky. I put my spindle down and picked it up again a day later, and got a little better, as shown in Exhibit B, my second handspun.
My yarn is a little more even this time. It’s encouraging to improve through practice, which is what drop spindling is a lot about. I will keep on going through the class and practicing.