I wasn’t planning to blog tonight (it’s been a long day) but something miraculous just happened and I felt I must share or burst. I successfully wound 2 skeins of silk mohair, 650 yards, without a single incident!
(And just ignore the yarn in the background – it’s not part of this story). Now before you think I’m certifiably insane for being excited about this, let me just tell you. I have used that swift and ball winder many, many times and have never successfully wound a ball of yarn on the first go. Invariably there are problems – the yarn gets snarled, the tension on the swift slackens – you get the idea. And the worst part has been with the “cakes” of yarn it produces. As I wind the yarn, it starts skipping off the top and gets wrapped around the base instead of laying nicely on top of the previous strands. Every time I try to wind yarn, I end up in hysterics, a massive meltdown, with inward cursings and groanings and tirades. The rest of the yarn in stash trembles in fear of my wrath and hopes that I can’t find the scissors to shred yarn in my frustration. The last time I wound yarn, I ended up with 400 yards of tangled mess all over the kitchen that I had to wind into a ball by hand. So, when I say that I wound two balls without incident, without my blood pressure rising, without a single tangle…. this is a miracle. I’m beyond thrilled! I’m happy and calm and I have 2 perfect cakes of yarn. This is even more incredible because the yarn in question is a lacy, cobweb mohair – which means if anything is at risk of getting snarled or tangled, this is it.
Isn’t it lovely? Sky blue and silver mist; and incredible halo – look at the top of the cake – it’s all fuzzy. I’m going to do some gauge swatches to help with pattern decisions. This is for a very special project… more to come.
Blessings to you,