…this is what my handspun looks like before it gets a nice, hot bath and a thorough thwacking:

Fresh off the Skein Winder

It’s completely out of control and can’t stop twisting back over itself. Looks like spaghetti, doesn’t it? Trust me, it’s pretty obnoxious to wrangle into submission in this state. Now the after:

After the Bath

I love the magic that happens when I throw a skein of twisty, impossible to calm, overplied yarn into a hot bath. It evens out the energy, the thwacking sets it in place and the drying (with no weights) brings back the smooshy. ;o) This began as 4oz of fluffy BFL from All the Pretty Fibers on Etsy and is now 220 yds of fingering weight three-ply (Navajo plied) just sitting in the handspun basket, waiting for a project.

For those interested, both pictures in this post were taken with my new (to me) Pentax-M 50mm f/1.4 lens with barely any ambient light and no flash – I’m loving my new, fast lens! Now that I have it, when it comes to blog pictures, I laugh when faced with a cloudy sky! I’m not, however, loving the manual focus. I don’t care that ‘it’ll make me a better photographer’ (this is according to RR and my local photog guru – hi Tony!), I think it’s a PITA. bleh.

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13 Responses to Spun… bloglines!

  • jessie says:

    The pictures are beautiful, but the yarn’s quality help immensely. WOW, what spinning.

    Congrats on the new lens. My telefoto zoom no longer autofocuses (rought treatment at a wrestling tournament, no doubt) and I find it a horrible chore to have to actually turn the lens. Ah, we are princesses, no?

  • margene says:

    SO nicely spun! So nicely done!

  • Kris says:

    Wow, very pretty yarn and nice pictures!

    Kriss last blog post..Bayerische

  • heather says:

    Love the before and after – I have n’t give my handspun the beat-down it seems to deserve, who knew such violence was needed in such a wonderful art! Love your shots – definetly makes me want to get a “big girl” camera…

    heathers last blog post..it’s a twofer…

  • --Deb says:

    VERY nice!

    –Debs last blog post..Fir

  • Laurie says:

    Your handspun is so purty. I wish my hair would behave as nicely. :-)

    Tom just got a new Olympus E-3 and some fancy lens. I told him to learn how to use it so he can tell me. All I know is it’s heavy! LOL.

    Lauries last blog post..Like Counting Backwards

  • heide says:

    Wow! Your spinning is amazing and perfect! This is making me want to get out my wheel and practice… although I’m a long way from achieving this level of spinning. Hope you enjoy your weekend.

    heides last blog post..Prizes, Pythons, Gifts and Gators…

  • I just read about ‘thwacking’ last night and can’t wait to give it a go. I usually give it a hot bath, then a quick cold bath, then whirl it around and do a ‘crack the whip’ type thing.

    Donyale Grants last blog post..Wove and Knit

  • Thanks so much for showing your yarn pre-bath & pre-thwack! I would never have envisioned it so twisty and unruly if I had only seen the after pics.

    Gorgeous pics with your new camera.

    Miss Scarletts last blog post..Books, books, books!

  • Teresa C says:

    Wow, gorgeous yarn. And congratulations for getting the kid through school. Feels good, doesn’t it?

    Teresa Cs last blog post..Ten on Tuesday

  • Lucia says:

    That’s a relief. I have some “before” handspun that looks a lot like your “before” picture.

    Lucias last blog post..Mean Mom

  • Rosa says:

    I’ll take that pretty handspun in any state. It is gorgeous. That is a great shot. I was definitely planning on buying the Pentax camera and that very lens, but I went with another one. But I still drool over the Pentax. Great shot!

    Rosas last blog post..Blog Vacation

  • Kelli says:

    Wow. I envy your spinning. Well, the smoothness of your singles and the balance of your plies.

    Kellis last blog post..I’m Moving

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