This is the Imperial Yarn top I purchased the other day. It is such a pleasure to spin. I'm chain plying on the fly again. I love having a finished yarn at the end of the day and seeing the what the final product is going to look like. I take one handful of top and spin it counter clockwise, winding the single down the spindle till I run out of wool. Then I wind the single onto my hand and chain ply in the z direction.

Also, I made it to Powell's Book Store, the famous new and used bookstore in the Pearl District of Portland, OR. This made a big dent in my wallet, but a huge contribution to my reference pool.

For starters I picked up Big Book of Knitting by Katharina Buss for $9.98. It is a decent reference book that I think will come in very handy when I'm designing my own sweaters. Lots of instructions for knitted garment details like pockets, facings, buttons, zippers and collars.

I grabbed Spinning for Softness and Speed by Paula Simmons to try and help me with my lofty yarn desires. But it is entirely for wheels so I probably won't be able to put any of it's techniques to work for a while.

Barbara Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns looked like a great repository of stitch patterns. Last of all I picked up The Knitter's Book of Wool: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Using, and Loving this Most Fabulous Fiber to learn a little more about the quality of the fibers I find online and figure out which I actually want to spin with.

Now if only I can put the fiber down long enough to get reading.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm jealous of your trip to Powell's. I've been pining for a vacation (yes, an entire vacation) there myself.