Thursday, June 3, 2021

Swift substitute, old style

In the absence of a swift or a handy kid, this chair worked just fine for winding the skein of wool into balls. Enough resistance to hold onto the skein without chasing after the free yarn end, but no snagging in the process.


And here's total respect for quality, speaking of old style. Complete skein of pure wool, lace weight, several hundred yards. Color uniform throughout. Not a single knot. Perfectly balanced ply.  I repeat: no knots. 

I only rolled it into four parts in case I needed to use it double. And it's more wieldy in separate balls. There won't be knots in the finished product, either. I'll spit splice where needed.

Now I have to look out fine hooks.. I'm really into this. Storms in progress so I may as well be occupied indoors.


13 comments:

  1. It's a pretty shade of soft blue-grey. (Hope I got that right, LOL!)

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    1. It has a slight sheen which the camera picks up. It's a bit bluer. Pretty anyway.

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  2. You know what they say about necessity. Pretty colour.

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  3. The grass does not grow beneath your feet!

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  4. "wieldy" - my word of the day! It's so fun to take the "un"s off words to see what's left.

    Vermont brother just left for home after a week's visit (amazing leap forward into the new normal!), looking forward to catching up with your doings!

    Chris from Boise

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    1. I missed your commentary. A whole lot of the value of this blog is in the comments.

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  5. I do like the color. and it's raining here too...still or again, whichever. they both apply.

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    1. I was at an online meeting last night with a Texan participant, very down about the endless rain. We were in the middle of a large thunderstorm here at the time, so we got it.

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  6. Great minds! I just made a comment on your previous post suggesting a chair and I see you've beaten me to it. And....just for the sake of saying it, I noticed someone using an old tea pot as a yarn bowl which might be a handy thing when you come to knit with roundish things that tend to roll under the couch when you least expect it, generally wrapping themselves around the leg once or twice in the doing.

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    1. Some people have beautifully turned wooden yarn bowls, an artform in itself. I tend to use a Ziploc bag..

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    2. Whatever works! I have a lovely pottery yarn bowl that was a gift a few years ago.

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  7. That is beautiful yarn. Was it spun in France? They still had mills, up until about the fifties, as I recall.

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    1. I believe it's always been American, as far as I can trace its history.

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