On the right is the first and you can see it's quite lumpy and bumpy, in a good sort of way. You'd pay a lot for a skein like this in a yarn store. The problem is that it wasn't intentional; it was my first experiment with my Ladybug and I was on a big learning curve. The skein on the left is my second attempt, and I think you can see that it's much more even.
The good news is that both skeins were balanced after plying and washing, so I seem to have that under control. Like so many things in life, it turns out that success has a lot to do with preparation--in this case the preparation of the fibre. I'm learning to take the time to properly open up roving so that it drafts easily.
This morning I played with some lace charts. I want to design a simple rectangular sampler scarf/shawl that will be easily adjustable in size. I love Cheryl Oberle's Sampler Shawl, but I've seen it "in person", and it's way too long for a shortie like me. I want to create a pattern that can be used to customize the finished size. We're not all the same, right?
On Friday, I had two girlfriends over for tea and conversation. I showed off the library/studio on our third floor, and Carolyn tried on the Twist Collective model of Brookline.