Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Spinning roundup

I waited till the end of the Tour de Fleece to wind anything onto my swift, and - whoa.  Doing it all in one sitting I could really see how I progressed.

Fickle was first - overspun, underspun, thick and then abruptly, dramatically thin:

but very soft and I think potentially functional in a very weird sort of cowl.

Quirky was next.  I'd spun almost half of it on my spindle where I had pretty good control, so it came out a bit better once plied.  Okay... maybe 'a bit' is generous.

Another kooky cowl, I think.

After that I decided I needed to try a different fiber so I switched to my Polwarth, which came out very bulky and still a bit overspun in places, but a lot more consistent.

I'm hoping to persuade this lot into a shawl; each skein is a slightly different weight but I might be able to work gradually through such that this flaw looks deliberate.

When I was finished all that, things started to get better.  In the car, I spun my plain ol' green wool on a spindle, and when I wasn't I spun it on my wheel, and the plied result of both looks downright normal.


After I got the green wool skeined, as you may recall, I got obsessed with spinning the lovely brown wool I couldn't work with on the wheel when I first started learning; I spent exactly one evening delightedly spinning, plying, and blocking the 85 or so grams I had, and though the colours look washed out here I can assure you these two yarns are going to make something beautiful together.

End of Digression.

And finally - between bouts of green, I was working on Foxymaple.  Four singles, plied together and requiring me to knot the join because my bobbin is just too small and I didn't want to lose my place in the colour shifts.

One skein is very slightly bulkier than the other - totally work-with-able - and I'm so happy with how the colours worked out.  I'm using it for one of my Escapist shawls and it's looking fabulous.  I'll show you Part One next week!

No comments: