Now that you are a spinner, I can make my spinning posts as long as I want and trust that you will actually read them! Good thing, too, because we have some spinning to catch up on.
First a little bit of spinning that I finished up just before heading to Sock Summit. As part of the Spin Doctor (not to be confused with Dr. Yarn) podcast Wool Breeds Challenge, I had spun a barber-poled taupe/coffee yarn out of two different samples of a Jacob fleece. I’d kept enough back of each color so that I could then spin two solid color yarns of approximately the same yardage. Here you have the outcome of that project, 450 yards total. I plan to knit something where the progression of color will be highlighted, likely a small shawl.
I find it interesting that the two colors showed different elasticity, as shown by their different hang lengths despite being wound on the same niddy noddy. This suggests to me they were from two different fleeces (though Jacobs are party-colored animals and you can get lots of colors from one fleece). The kiddens found it interesting, too.
You saw me spin this skein up while we were at Sock Summit. It’s a merino wool batt that I carded at Susan Hensel’s booth at Shepherd’s Harvest. What fun – you break up your handpainted merino roving as you see fit and feed it into the electric carder along with bits of colored silk and glitzy bits and so on. I think Susan thought I was way light on my use of glitz, but for me this was pretty heavy handed. Spinning details: woolen spun from strips of the batt torn to keep the color in sequence, then chain plyed to maintain that color. It is a heavy worsted, maybe even an Aran. I believe it is saying HAT, but it may be saying MITTS or perhaps even GIFT.
Finally (but not really – I’m saving some other bits and pieces spun while at SS for a later post), my current wheel spinning project is to ply all of the singles I worked on back in April.
First step – determine the twist that a 3-ply needed to be balanced. Given that the singles had been resting nicely on storage bobbins for 4 months, their twist had set up pretty well. Laying out the plies together resulted in nada as far as plying goes. Fortunately, all a singles yarn needs to return to its true nature with active energy to balance a ply is a nice dip in warm water. These shots show you before and after. I did not spin that yarn in the second shot – just soaked the plies and let them twist on themselves naturally.
And that was the target twist that I am aiming for as I ply up those many storage bobbins. I’ve used up 3 bobbins, have 3 partials on my kate, and have about 17 more to go. So far I already have 290 yards of gorgeously coffee-colored yarn, 3-ply, heavy dk at this point. I suspect it may trend toward worsted after it gets a bath, but that will come much later.
How much yardage do you think I’ll achieve? I know – let’s make this a contest! I’m pretty sure I can come up with some lovely fiber-related prize for the commenter whose guess comes closest (absolute value, none of this “can’t go over” stuff). One guess per person. Try not to guess exactly what someone else guesses, OK? It will make things easier. Contest will be open until I finish plying and counting the yardage.
Which, if I don’t get going on it, will be next April, so I’ll sign off now and turn to my wheel.