I’ve been making some progress on some long-term purple projects! First up, I finally finished spinning this yarn:
This is Polwarth wool from Woolgatherings. It has been on the spindle for over a year. I’m not sure why it took so long, really, but I didn’t love spinning it. I’m not sure if the fiber was a little compacted or if it was a bad match with my Golding spindle (too heavy?) but I had quite a bit of trouble getting consistent drafting and there was a lot of breaking going on. That said, I really love the finished yarn.
It fluffed and plumped up so much after washing! I split the top in two and spun singles of roughly equal length but gave no real thought to color progressions or trying to match anything up. I spun randomly, plied randomly, and the resulting skein (~284 yards of DK-ish weight) has all sorts of fun color effects. It’ll be neat to see how it knits up.
I’ve also made progress with a completely different (and even older) purple thing! This is my Zombie Shawl and after two years on the needles it’s so close to being done. I am now at the point where I have to pick up stitches around the entire shawl perimeter and do a picot bindoff. I’m fooling myself that I will finish this tonight. There are only a couple of ‘steps’ left but honestly, those steps will probably take hours. It’ll be pretty awesome when it’s done, though!
What’s the oldest WIP you have on the needles?
I’m surprised to hear that Polwarth was a bit difficult to spin. I feel like I spun some not too long ago. I remember it being a bit more difficult than BFL, but what isn’t more difficult that BFL?
And my oldest WIP…. I think is under a year old. Last year I had a major session of “finish or rip” so that I could get all my needles back.
It could’ve been just the preparation I had… I hope so, because I have a bunch more Polwarth stashed!
Well, there’s a blanket I started when I now 4-year-old was in-utero, soooo, I suspect that’s my oldest.
hahaha wow, he’s 4 already?! Amazing!
I am afraid to dig deeply enough into my basket of hibernating projects to answer that question. However, I am sure the answer would be in years!
Love the shawl!
Thanks, and that makes me feel better!
What lovely spinning. It looks so squishy. Great job 🙂