A Gradient Thing

I finished my gradient yarn I mentioned earlier, got it plied, and washed. I was able to maintain the color changes so well. While this is not the softest yarn (its Corriedale, so that’s to be expected) but the evenness of my spinning has improved so much, and the colors are so pretty, I can’t be too concerned about that.

Plied and resting

Plied and resting

 

Finished skein

Finished skein

 

Legitimate Handspun

I finished my first ever skein of handspun yarn that I was able to look at and thing “Hey, this actually looks like yarn. Someone could knit with this…” It still has some serious think and thin spots, but it is far more even than my last two attempts that I have made since purchasing my wheel.

The color is Iris, which I think is perfect because it does remind me of the irises that used to grow behind my parents house. The fiber is… Merino top? Or something like that. I know there is a tag around here somewhere but it has been so long since I purchased this I can’t quite remember. I actually bought the fiber ages ago when I thought I was actually going to spin on a drop spindle. The drop spindle and I didn’t get along and the fiber just waited around.

I have already been knitting it into a little headband/ear warmer that I will have pictures of soon. It is blocking now and then I need to sew the bow on. There may even be enough left to make some fingerless mitts to match.

I’m not sure if you can tell, but I am really excited about this. For the first time since my wheel came home, I feel like I’m actually using it correctly. Plus, to add to my excitement, the singles on my wheel right now are coming out even better and more even. .

It’s hard to tell in the photos but the fiber had a bit of something sparkly mixed it so it has nice shots of glimmer.

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Daily Dose of Fiber

Since my spinning has been going much better (although admittedly it’s now been 2 weeks since I sat at the wheel), I decided to treat myself to some beautiful fiber.

The new additions to my newborn fiber stash are Potluck Roving from Paradise Fibers in Midnight Mulberry, Corriedale from Fiber Artemis in Ginger and Plum, and Romney from Sheepish Creations in Patient Purples.

Now I just need to get to spinning…

Romney

Romney

Corriedale

Corriedale

Potluck

Potluck

Spinning, Finally

After the frustration over my first two spinning attempts (which were totally unsuccessful), I brought home my wheel and let it sit there, all packed up, for more than a week. Every time I thought about unpacking it I decided I didn’t have the time or energy to devote to being totally flummoxed by my spinning wheel.

Finally, Sunday night I decided to try it anyway. I set the wheel up and pulled out the giant bag of Perendale-Romney I purchased. I threaded on my leader, drafting the heck out of my fiber, and started treadling…

It worked! It was like magic. Yes I was making lumpy, wool, ugly rope, but I was spinning! Yarn was actually forming and being pulled onto the bobbin (which never happened at my lesson). I was so happy I spent several hours spinning away and even plied a bit.

I had to wonder though, what was so different than the last time I tried? The fiber. So I took out the fiber I was given with my wheel (that I had been practicing on) and attempted to spin it. Yet again, it wouldn’t do anything that I wanted. I compared this fiber with the Perendale-Romney and there were some marked differences. First of all, the mystery fiber was dense and stiff. I could not get it to draft well at all. Even pre-drafting it was a challenge. The Romney is light, airy and drafts like a breeze. I think I’m going to take the mystery fiber to my knitting group to see if anyone can clarify why it is giving me such trouble.

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I Know What Two Pounds Is…

So in my excitement to learn to spin and my anticipation of my wheel arriving, I went ahead and ordered some fiber. After a little Googling, I saw that several people suggesting Romney as a nice, easy drafting fiber for beginners. Lucky for me, Paradise Fibers had a Perendale-Romney blend for sale. So the discount increased with the more you bought. 32 ounces was the cheapest quantity to buy. So, I thought, that doesn’t sound like too much. After all, I’m going to be basically wasting it at first while I get the hang of spinning. The more cheap fiber to practice on, the better, right?

Well, the shipment came in yesterday and, I have to say, I was pretty surprised by how much 32 ounces of fiber really is.

I totally thought I knew what two pounds was…

Here's the enormous fiber bag being investigated by one very large dog.

Here’s the enormous fiber bag being investigated by one very large dog.

Nifty Gifties

The lovely Aisling from my knitting group surprised me on Tuesday with two awesome graduation gifts. The first being a hank of her handspun (the color is Flannel Shirt). The second was a ball of some super soft and squishy silk/wool blend fiber. It’s so nice I want to save it for once I have gained some spinning skills and won’t mangle it.

I don’t have a project planned for the yarn quite yet so I’ve just been admiring it since Tuesday. Perhaps a hat…

Thank you, Aisling!

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