Spinning

…the spinning so far. As per usual, I’m spinning my Spunky Club fiber for TdF to attempt to whittle away at the 8ish POUNDS that are now stuffed into the Bin of Shame Awesome.

I think I’ve managed to spin twice as much this year as I spun last year. Which isn’t much since last year I managed to spin 4oz. ;o)

First up, ‘David’s Gift’ on SW Corriedale:

Tour de Fleece 2013 David's Gift

Spun on the CPW and plied on the Matchless from a center-pull ball. I ended up with 284 yards of fingering-ish weight. I seriously love this colorway!

Second we have ‘Eye of the Peacock’ on Cotswold Sheepswool Sliver:

Tour de Fleece 2013 Peacock

Also spun on the CPW and plied on the Matchless frmo a center-pull ball. This ended up being 177 yards of thick/thin 2-ply that varies in weight. This is SO pretty, it’s possibly going to be a hat someday but currently it’s just going to be pretty.

That’s it so far! I’m not sure what else I’ll be able to get done before the end of the Tour because now I’m prepping for vending at Fiber Revival on August 10!

See you soon! Spin Happy!



…last weekend (yes it took me a week to recover lol) and also fun and exhausting all rolled up together! I had lots of fun helping Amy and hanging out with friends all weekend – but I was so busy, the camera never came out of the bag! I did manage a few photos while I was there and I think they sum up the weekend very well:

Spa Knit & Spin 2013

Spa Knit & Spin 2013

 

Spa Knit & Spin 2013

Wine, spinning and men in kilts. What more could you want? ;o)

 

 



Wordless Wednesday

What I did last weekend ;o)



I decided to do something a little different with my spinning this time around. I’m going to attempt a ‘mashup’ of two colorways:

Into the Whirled - Winterfell+Maestro

On the Left is Winterfell, on the Right is Maestro. Both from Into the Whirled and both Targhee

I’ve never done this before, I’m really looking forward to seeing what these two colorways will look like when plyed together!

How about you? Have you ever thought about trying or have you tried this mashup technique?



The color of this yarn was not very cooperative – these photos reflect the colors much better than the ‘on-the-bobbin’ photo.

I’ve noticed lately that some new spinners think that you need to have a perfectly balanced skein of yarn when you unwind from your bobbin. Unless you are going for a very loose twist and you aren’t using your yarn for socks, this is not the correct way to be going about things. Sock yarn – or any yarn you plan on using in an item that will get a lot of wear – needs a lot of twist to be hardy and to withstand all that rubbing that goes on underneath your foot while you are walking around.

For example, this is what my yarn looks like when it first comes off my bobbin:

Before

See how it still has some extra twist? I didn’t photograph it but that whole skein just wrapped around itself to the left when I took it off the skeinwinder and the yarn was twisting back on itself like nobody’s business. I went and threw it into a bath of hot water (yep, HOT. As long as you don’t agitate it, you’ll be fine) and some Eucalan:

Spa time

and let it sit in there until the water had cooled – actually, I think with this I let it sit until I noticed that the water color had darkened and I became nervous that it was going to mess up the yellows in the skein so I took it out and let it sit in my salad spinner until it cooled off. Then I rinsed it with cool water (because the soak water had become blue) spun it out and thwacked it (hit it against the side of my tub a few times) and after it was dry, it was a lovely, balanced, sproingy skein of someday-sock yarn:

After

That concludes my PSA about handspun without enough twist. ;o) Go forth and be twisty!



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