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

 

At the Wheel

I am trying my hand at some gradient yarn spinning. I got this gorgeous fiber from Fiber Artemis on Etsy. I thought to split the roving and evenly down the middle as I could, then spin each one so that, hopefully, when I go to ply, the colors changes will be maintained. Since starting this, I have learned that I could have done a chain ply but… whatever.

This is, by far, my most even single I have spun yet. It’s still a long way from truly even but I’m pleased with my project. It is also the thinnest I have spun. The singles are still looking rather fuzzy but maybe that is the fiber? It’s a Romney, I believe, which I’ve read is a rougher, fuzzier wool.

I finished one bobbin last night and I have already started the second. I am really excited to see how this turns out so that I can figure out what to make with it.

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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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Random Images

Just some random images from around the web. I started looking for things dealing with spinning wheels and, of course, got a lot in the way of fairy tale images.

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One of my favorite Disney films

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That looks like my evil kitty, Cullen, in the background

I also saw this gorgeous, custom built spinning wheel from Olympic Spinning Wheels. If someone with a spare $1800 wants to buy me one, that would be great.

Wolf themed wheel. I love how the style represents the Olympic Peninsula where they are made.

Wolf themed wheel. I love how the style represents the Olympic Peninsula where they are made.

Lastly, an image that represents me so well.

You know it.

You know it.

 

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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