Spinning Saturday: Malabrigo Nube

On Sunday, in a moment of weakness that comes all too easily at StevenBe, I borrowed a spinning wheel from Steven. It’s a Louet S10 double treadle, clean and modern-looking and quite sturdy. When I was living in New York, a group of friends taught me some spinning basics but I didn’t take it up then because I already had so many hobbies and with the move lurking ahead of us, I didn’t have hundreds of dollars to drop on a wheel. Well, I don’t have fewer hobbies now and I still don’t have the spare cash but I found myself with a burning need to sit down and magically make yarn. Where did the inspiration come from?

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Husband asks, "Is that seriously called 'n00b'?" Sure it is, dude.

Malabrigo Nube, newly arrived and almost completely gone from the shop. I fell in love with those dratted Malabrigo colors and the squishy softness of the 100% merino. It made me lust after a spinning wheel in a way I usually reserve for cashmere, dark chocolate, and sure, my husband. I left on Sunday with a braid in Persia and one in Piedras (got a second for my birthday–thanks, Missy!).

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Knitter's Nightmare 100% merino in Grave Robber--I even love the name!

I tested my memory with two hand-painted braids by Knitter’s Nightmare. They were a pleasure to spin with, the colors came out beautifully, and I loved knitting with it afterward.

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Just try to tell me to weave in that end. I dare you.

Onward to Malabrigo! I sat down with a basket in front of my TV and an episode and a half of Cold Case later, I had drafted half of my braid of Persia. It was so pretty to watch the colors as they separated and spread out but the darkest brown spots were slightly felted. I may have cursed a little bit. Still, they were lovely and soft and I spun it all into singles.

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Malabrigo Nube in Persia, single ply

I had wanted to ply my Knitter’s Nightmare so I asked Google about plying. Then I asked it, “What the hell is a Lazy Kate?” Turns out I had grabbed the S10 that had one. Success! It was simpler than I had suspected but required me to pay a lot more attention.

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Two-ply!

I’m inconsistent and I overspin. I’m making art yarn almost by accident. Right now, on my borrowed wheel, I’m having way too much fun to give a damn.

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