I’m working on the second bobbin now. This will be a 2-ply yarn so should be fairly quick.
This is such a dream to spin. It’s a shame that Yarn chef has closed her shop this year. if you have any Yarn Chef fiber you don’t plan to use send them my way hehehehe
Loving the colors and the bamboo makes it slightly shiny. This is going to a gorgeous shawl.
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Now the plying is done done done! A word comes to my mind: Glorious. It’s a perfect Morning Glory color. So bright. So cheerful. So purple.
I skeined it and before washing, I had to take a picture. So please excuse all the kinks and pigtails. gah, still can’t get rid of them completely, although there are less. I’m still not complaining though; this is an immense improvement since the first spin to knit project. The twists are tighter, maybe too tight but it’s still better than loose twists. And the combed top that was dyed in different colors! It was more fun spinning this than other “natural” colored fiber.
With the niddy noddy, I measured about 325 yards and it’s 120 gram skein. So I’m guessing this to be a sportweight yarn. It’s only 2-ply though. I’m not sure if I want to knit socks still or go for something less risky, like shawls. I think I want knit socks, it’s been a while since I knit a pair, but the yarn isn’t even enough. You can tell that while it’s mostly sportweight, there’s definitely thinner spots and thicker parts, even after plying.
Ah, decisions.. decisions…..
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So in preparation of my belated participation in the SPAKAL challenge (spin-to-knit), I first experimented with some undyed/natural wool I got that came with my wheel.
It was spun into 2-ply yarn and dyed it with some blue, green and red food colors. I just love dyeing with food coloring! I’m happy with the result, it looks so vintage.
Then I chose the pattern. It’s “And So Are You” by Rose Beck.
I modified it so that the body is St st and the ruffle is only 9 rows long. I was running out of yarn and unlike other commercial yarn, I can’t just go out and buy more yarn! But because the yarn is a bit thicker than fingering weight, the row gauge was bigger than the pattern and even though I only did 205 sts wide, it still looks like a good size.
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Few months ago, I got my first spinning wheel, Ashford Kiwi.
I bought it “unfinished” so when I got it, I stained it with dark wood color and then spray painted the wheel black.
And here’s a merino/silk blend roving I bought 3 years ago, thinking I’d try my hands at drop spindling. It failed horribly and I have some pigtail looking pink yarn in my stash somewhere. I used up about an oz of it and didn’t touch it since.
Finally, it’s spun, skeined, washed, and voila!
My first 100gram
I think I’m going to knit a shawlette with it. It’s still quite uneven, but I want to use it as single ply so something with simple garter or stockinette stitch body with lace edging….
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