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November Fibre Club // Frozen Grapes

 

© Rachel Smith / SweetGeorgia Yarns 2015

© Rachel Smith /
SweetGeorgia Yarns 2015

© Rachel Smith / SweetGeorgia Yarns 2015

© Rachel Smith /
SweetGeorgia Yarns 2015

November’s fibre club was Superwash Merino + Nylon in a beautiful colourway named ‘Frozen Grapes’. If I have ever related to one of Felicia’s fibre club reflections, it was this month. I found myself nodding as I read her notes about enjoying life in the moment rather than always waiting or looking to the future to savour something. With tiny children running around, I am often told by others to ‘relish each moment’ and ‘cherish this time’ with them. In the midst of a full and bustling home this can be difficult, particularly for myself who needs ‘solo time’. But this month in the early morning hours while I worked on this braid of beautiful purples, greens and browns, I found myself thinking about the silly, sad and just-plain-fun from our previous days. This quiet reflection time left me sorely wanting more and I have continued honouring this morning ritual even after finishing this braid of fibre.

© Rachel Smith / SweetGeorgia Yarns 2015

© Rachel Smith /
SweetGeorgia Yarns 2015

© Rachel Smith / SweetGeorgia Yarns 2015

© Rachel Smith /
SweetGeorgia Yarns 2015

I spun the braid end-to-end, with no prep of the fibre itself. I literally just sat down and spun. The resulting bobbin felt a wee bit anti-climatic due to it’s simplicity. The depth of the various colours in the original braid prior to spinning were hidden beneath the singles visible to us due to the long colour repeats of such simple spinning. As I spun, I also dreamed about shawls out there that would suit themselves to long colour repeats. An example that came to mind again and again was Stephen West’s shawl Daybreak. But in the end, this lovely hank of yarn will be socks. Nothing sounds more scrumptious than a pair of three-ply socks in handspun Superwash Merino + Nylon. They won’t match but I’m not a stickler for that particularly. In the end, I have about 320 yards of Navajo-plied fingering-weight yarn after washing and I can’t wait to cast on! I think a pair of vanilla (plain Stockinette stitch) socks will show off the slow colour progressions best, add interest while knitting and be long lasting/wearing due to the machine-washable nature of this blend. 

© Rachel Smith / SweetGeorgia Yarns 2015

© Rachel Smith /
SweetGeorgia Yarns 2015

Have you started spinning your braid yet? Are you saving it for later or putting it on your wheel/spindle next? Come share with us in the Ravelry group or in the Spoilers thread.

See you in December! Happy Spinning :)

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About Rachel Smith

I'm a knitter and handspinner living just outside of Vancouver, BC, with my husband, two kids under 4 and two Golden Retrievers. I've been knitting and sewing for many years. Spinning came into my life a couple of years ago when a friend showed me how to get my spinning wheel working smoothly! Besides crafting, you can usually find me outside, camping, walking, or taking photos.

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