Realization #1: I think I might hate plying with a spindle.
I can’t say for sure because I’ve never plied – or spun – with anything else.
It may be that I don’t like plying. I plied some of this from a center-pull ball and some from 2 separate cakes. Neither was pleasant and I still have several small balls of singles left over from when things got too difficult or tangled and I had to cut the yarn and start over.
It may be that I don’t like this spindle. I’ve been spinning with a very small, light, top-whorl spindle, but I plied this yarn with my first spindle – a larger, heavier, bottom-whorl. I am reminded that I gave up using this spindle after about 6 months because I found it very uncomfortable to use – too big for my small hands, too heavy to get it spinning easily.
So, the jury’s still out, but I do know that I really enjoyed spinning this yarn but did not enjoy a moment of plying it. It’s making me a little nervous about continuing with the sock yarn I’m working on right now, because if I keep spinning it then eventually it will need to be plied, too, and what then?
Realization #2: These socks are taking forever, and today is the deadline for pair #3. As you can see, I’m not even to the toe on the first sock. This is partly my own fault. I shortened the cuff in an attempt to finish these quickly, but then I decided to keep the slipped-stitch pattern on the sole of the foot instead of working the sole in stockinette as the pattern calls for. (After the work I’m putting into these, I don’t want the sole to wear through too quickly.) So, the foot is taking longer than it should because I can’t just zip through the second half of each round knitting every stitch. I have a plan for pair #4 that will keep me on track overall, though.
Realization #3: OHMYGOD I LOVE PROJECT BAGS. Why have I never had one of these before? I see them up for grabs on Ravelry all the time and never claim one. I just think, “that’s cute,” and move on with my day. I now must have ALL the bags. Since receiving the one in this picture I’ve arranged trades for two more.
This one came yesterday, and look what it’s the perfect size to hold:
The yarn baskets are soon to get both more organized and prettier, I think.