SPAKAL Update

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Here is my update for SPAKAL 2013. I haven’t decided what I’m gonna make with it other than I want a sweater.

This is a pound of merino wool I bought from Crown Mountain Fibers. I got it in ecru undyed roving, spun lacewight singles and then made into 3-ply yarn. Then I dyed it with iDye by Jacquard in olive color. This is the end result!

[SPAKAL] Part 2 – Plying

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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.

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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.

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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…..

[SPAKAL] Part 1 – spinning

So I took a look at the fiber I had in my stash. Meet the contenders:

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(from left) brown sheep mill ends sliver; Louet corriedale in red; Royal Hare SW Merino from Purlescence Yarns.

And I decided on…..

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TADA~

i’m happy with my choice. I unbraided it and it felt so smooth in my hand. Spinning was glorious.

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There are still thick spots but considering this is my second spinning project, I’m not complaining. I only hope it improves from here on. Maybe after plying it’ll get better.. Or I can just cut it out when I knit with it. And I’m really not good at making it even on the bobbin…

I keep hearing that our feet are very sensitive and therefore the sock yarn has to be extremely even and smooth, otherwise we notice those lumps and bumps… So I HOPE this is good enough to be sock yarn. We shall see.

I’m done with the spinning part. Next, plying!

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[FO] handspun, handdyed, handknit shawl!

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.

 

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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.

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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! :P 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.