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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Where do socks come from?

Remember this roving? This is the GCNI (Gulf Coast Native Improved) and mohair that Caleb and I dyed to make him some socks. I started spinning it the other day and I'm really happy with the way its coming out. In order to get all three colors in the yarn, I laid the rovings out together and predrafted them. For you non spinners, this is where you gently pull the rovings, without pulling them apart. Predrafting loosens any fibers that are clumping together (this happens during dying and when rovings are smooshed together for shipping) and gets them to start sliding against each other. It also thins the roving down and makes spinning a consistent yarn easier and faster. In this case, it is combining the three colors from the three separate rovings into one so that overall, the singles will have all three colors in it and not be only one color at a time. I decided to spin this on a drop spindle since there are only 3 ounces total to be spun for his socks. Here is how it looks so far: You can see the way the colors are blending together. I'm very excited about how this will look in the finished yarn. Caleb is very excited about seeing the colors come together and keeps grabbing the ball of predrafted roving and squeezing it. Just in case you're curious, that is my Rosewood Emily spindle from Adam's Woodshop. I plan to spin half of the roving on it and then half on another spindle (probably the Moosie) and then ply them together.


Blogger Alison said...

Looks great! That will make great socks.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

This is something that I am going to have to try one of these days. Your singles are turning out quite beautiful and I am so impressed!

12:50 PM  
Blogger Rosa said...

I love the colors. Thanks for giving me some inspiration to blend rovings. Can't wait for the FO with this yarn.

1:00 PM  

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