We are a household that has always packed for holidays on the morning that we leave. I don’t know why we do it that way, we just do. That means that it is not yet time to pack, it is time to make the lists of all the things that need to be packed and the last minute jobs that need to be done (empty the fridge, clean out the coffee machine). As I still feel responsible for the resident adult in training I have a list for him too. I’ve not yet hit peak stress levels but I’m well on the way.
That explains why I’m spinning, it is a nice quiet relaxing activity if it is going well, and it is. I have a pen and paper next to me on the table to jot down all the things that I still need to do before I lock the door behind us (empty tea pot and kitchen bin). I changed my mind about this project three bobbins in, I was going to ply these two braids (left) together and have 240g of yarn but the current plan is to ply them with something else that I haven’t dyed yet and use the resulting 500g of yarn as a contrast with four other braids that I had sitting around. It is working up to be a Grand Plan, nothing new there because I’m all about starting simple and then enhancing to ridiculous proportions. I’m not at all convinced at the moment about the two yarns working together and I might yet ditch the pink/grey combo altogether and dye something that works better with the brown/purple. I’ll work that out later. The sensible answer would be to sample and then I’d find out what the combination looked like before I worked my way through a kilo of fibre. I have the fibre, the dye and the time so the worse case scenario is that I end up spinning an extra 500g and end up with two projects rather than one, either way is a win.
The problem with this change of direction is that I’d filled three bobbins by the time I realised that it was going to be a while before I plied them. If I’d planned this properly I would have started with the fibre that I was going to be able to ply straight away rather than the one that I have to dye for. This is a new wheel and it only has four bobbins, additional ones are £26 for plastic, £35 for wood and seeing as the last time I bought a bobbin they were £12 I was finding that a bit hard to swallow. The solution involved five minutes with a pair of scissors and items that I already had. Ta da! I now have storage bobbins. The centre is a weaving bobbin (12 for £10 if you don’t already have them), the ends are board left from bookbinding and I used the bobbin winder to wind off from the spinning wheel bobbin. I could have made bigger end discs, they are the size of a mug seeing as that is what I drew around but larger circular objects are available. If you were buying weaving bobbins just for this purpose I’d go with the 6″ ones (10 for £14) but seeing as the 4″ ones are the ones that fit my boat shuttle that’s what I have. When I’m done I can remove the board ends and turn them back to their original purpose.
The Tailor sock hasn’t grown as much as I’d hoped, mostly because it has been too hot to be knitting. It is a long sock, seventy five pattern rounds until the heel and I’m on round 49 now. It shoots along after the heel because the colourwork knocks off and there is only one cable pattern rather than two. I will probably send it home for a fitting once I’ve turned the heel because it’s a lot of work for it not to fit.
While we are on holiday the main bathroom will vanish into a skip. The sink is cracked, hung so it doesn’t drain completely and has two different taps. The bath is chipped, has a tap that works when it feels like it and no-one but the dog has used it in the last twelve years. There’s nothing wrong with the toilet but it’s coming out anyway. We will return to a building site and then the new bathroom (power shower, no bath) will go in the following week. That would be the week where I have two days away and will be leaving the other resident adult in charge. When I booked my knitting retreat that was the only thing in the calendar, the holiday and bathroom project came along later. I’m sure it will all be fine….