Friday, July 16, 2010

Handspun in the house

I've spun a lot of fiber since the Tour de Fleece started, and about 9pm last night I realized I had enough to ply some. So naturally I did that, though to be fair the skein-winding part wasn't anything like so much as the time commitment winding anybody else's 100g. There seemed to be a dozen wraps around the swift at best for each piece. Not that I'm eying my spindle and wanting a bigger one (much.)

When I got the skeins all tied up, they went so twisty!

I soaked them in Soak Wash and hung them up to dry overnight with weights as I'd been advised to do, and in the morning - being so scant - they were almost ready to wind. Not quite, though, so I brought them outside for a bit.

And then I wound them.

Aren't they pretty? That's just about 100g of yarn there, and I still have a ton to spin.

When you've got that far it's hard to stop:

I used 4mm needles for this swatch, a treat for me with my loose tension, and I couldn't believe how much energy I can feel in the yarn as I work. I sure hope there's enough for a hat and a small scarf, because that's about all I can think about making with it, and I can hardly wait to get started.


Lindsey said...


heklica said...

It looks fabulous! I can't wait for you to make something with it!

Kathleen Taylor said...

Woohoo! Beautiful Beautiful!

Kathleen Taylor said...

oh- and as you get used to plying, your yarn will balance without weights. It's just a matter of practice (I still get skewed skeins sometimes- but the over or under twist/ply evens out as the yarn dries).