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Thursday, October 20, 2005

See, I Really Am Spinning Too...

This is what I did last night. I finished spinning all six of my regular size bobbins with the Falkland singles I've been piddling around with since July or so. Then, I got to get out the plying bobbin and flyer. This thing is huge. They (Majacraft) say it will hold 12 ounces, but I've only gotten 9.5 ounces on it at once. I should have gotten a picture of it, just to show you how ginormous it is. Anyway, here is the first plied skein of the Falkland. It is 370 yards of two ply that I think will knit around a DK weight (5.5 stitches per inch). The color of the top is a very pale creamy grey, which didn't bother me since grey is one of my best colors. Once you get the yarn plied, you skein it and wash it to "set the twist." Well, when I dropped the skein in the sink, I was very surprised - the water turned brown! There was no lanolin still in the wool so I thought it was pretty clean, but apparently, there was a lot of dust or something, because after 4 rinses, I have a gorgeous, creamy white skein of yarn, with no grey to be found anywhere. I can't even begin to explain how happy I am with this yarn. The color is wonderful, the yarn is soft and bouncy and I can't wait to finish spinning all of the top so I can start knitting it up! I'm thinking about a lacy cardigan for this, but I'll have to see what the yarn says when I swatch with it.


Anonymous June said...

Yes, I've had yarn transform in the wash, too! The "dirtiest" one lost about 10-15% of its weight afterwards. Now I buy about 20% more than I think I'll need for a project, so there's room for dirt and sampling.

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Kristi said...

That is very gorgeous yarn!

Being a Majacraft owner myself I'd love to see a pic of the plying bobbin next to the regular bobbins.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Beautiful work Melanie! What a gorgeous sweater you will create!

12:55 AM  

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