Jillian’s Spinning: More Bouclé and a Sweater Out of Time Out

I’m still spinning bouclé. This time I used  sunset colored tussah silk as my looping ply. I consciously tried different ways to make the loops and got a variety of results. Even though I haven’t yet grasped the mechanics of those perfect loopy loops I like this yarn, maybe even more than a perfectly looped yarn. Next stop for the  bouclé train – more yardage. I think I’m going to hunt some more mohair for the loops, since that is the classic fiber of bouclé.

Boulclé with tussah loops
Bouclé with tussah loops

My other project this week was to get my handspun sweater out of Time Out. I put it in the naughty corner when I tried something new for increases and it made a big mess. A big mess that I ignored despite the clanging bells of warning in my head. I didn’t rip until I was almost halfway done with the sweater.

My two takeaways from this lesson are:

  1. Rip with abandon, if you can’t rip, a knitting friend will help you. Thank you Beth and Carla.
  2. Knit back with pleasure. I took my daughter to see Divergent and happily knit and increased during the movie. I wrote an increase cheat sheet on my hand to keep track in the almost dark.
Sweater rebirth, tidier increases and increase cheat sheet.
Sweater rebirth, tidier increases and increase cheat sheet.

What’s on your spinning mind this week?

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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com

2 thoughts on “Jillian’s Spinning: More Bouclé and a Sweater Out of Time Out

  1. Grace

    Ahhh the ripping zen!

    I had to do this to my more recent sweater design the other day and I threw such a mental fit about it! Then when I re-knit it all right I can’t hardly stop ooooing and aweeeing to do the actual knitting 😛

    Funny how that works.

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