Welcome to the ninth edition of The Cuttle Corner! We are finally halfway through some ongoing projects.
If you missed last week’s post, you can take a look here.
Now, let’s get cozy!
What’s going on
With the weather constantly damp and the days getting ever shorter I am spending more and more time indoors and at home. This is probably why I’ve managed to get so much done on my current projects lately.
I did have one fun trip outside the house this week. My niece was singing as part of a school fundraiser. She did an amazing job and I’m always blown away by the power of her voice. A lot of friends and family were also there to support her, which meant I got to see all of them as well. It was definitely the highlight of the week.
What I’m working on this week
I don’t know what got into me this week but I couldn’t keep away from my crafting! I can’t believe how much I’ve gotten done.
After taking a week or two off of spinning, I made a point to get back at it this week. I spent some time spinning this lovely purple Polwarth and silk blend on my Schacht Ladybug spinning wheel.
This spin has been a fun challenge for me. I often spin in a worsted style. It’s what comes naturally to me. I found this fiber particularly tricky to draft so to save myself some heartache I decided to spin in a more woolen method, over the fold.
Over the fold spinning basically means you pull off one staple length (the length of the individual fibers) and literally fold it over the finger of your drafting hand and spin from that.
I’ve been trying to get a nice long draw as I spin to maximize the fluffiness of this yarn. From what I can tell from the bobbin I think I am finding success. It definitely gets easier as I spin.
My spinning wheel is currently set up in a small corner of my craft room, right next to the closet. This makes the long draw technique a bit trickier because there is limited space for me to stretch out my arm. But I just channel my inner Claire (who has a natural talent for long draw spinning) and make it work.
I can’t wait to see this final yarn to compare it to other yarns I’ve spun.
You won’t believe it, but I’ve made it halfway through joining all the squares for my Hygge Burst blanket. After last week it felt like I wasn’t making progress very quickly, but something kept me going this week and I have eight and a half rows done.
This blanket is already so warm and cozy. It’s not a super heavy blanket since it is made from fingering weight yarn, but it is so nice on my lap while I’m working on it.
Hopefully, I can keep up this momentum and have a finished blanket soon!
I am also about halfway through my Kildalton cardigan. It’s a bit harder to know exactly what the halfway point is, but I’m in the middle of my third ball of yarn out of five. That seems like a good indication I’m about halfway.
I’m still working on the main body. I’m so close to getting the right length. Personally, I’d rather have a sweater that is a bit too long than a bit too short, so I’m erring on the side of a little bit longer.
Until next time, keep cuttle-ing!
What are you working on? I’d love to hear about your projects in the comments below!