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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Spinning, and Spinning, and Spinning, and When Will it Ever End?



OK, so remember how I was spinning the Merino/Kid Mohair top and I was going to cable it? Well, I'm STILL spinning it. I've got two bobbins done - I'm putting 2 ounces on each bobbin, I have 8 ounces total- and I think that's part of my problem. I'm spinning this for socks (I know, you're shocked aren't you) and the average pair of socks takes about 100 grams or 3.5 ounces of fingering weight yarn. Theoretically, this means that once I got the first two bobbins of singles done, I had enough for socks. But, handspun yarn is usually spun tighter than commercial yarn, and more twist usually means a more compact yarn, so for the same amount of fiber, you get less yardage, even though the wraps per inch of the finished yarn might be the same as commercial yarn. On the other hand, I've never even come close to running out of yarn from a 100 gram hank of commercial sock yarn when knitting a pair of socks, so that should give me a little bit of breathing room. But, I don't want to have to go back and spin more if I run short on my knitting, because by then I'll have moved on to spinning something else. And if I'd just go ahead and finish the spinning, I should have enough for two pairs of socks and its not like I'm not going to knit two pairs of socks or anything.

As you can see, if you've followed all this, I've been kind of going back and forth in my head and trying to decide what to do. What I've been doing is nothing and ignoring the spinning in favor of knitting, but last night I decided to get going and really try to get this spun up. Then I won't have to listen to the voices in my head (unless they say something interesting).

I think the other thing that isn't helping me is that there isn't any interesting color things going on here- its just white. Its a really pretty white, very close to true white and it has a bit of shine from the Kid Mohair, but its white. Endlessly, monotonously, white. No speckles of other colors, no heathering, no shades of different whites, just white. I've promised myself that after I get this all spun up, I will spin something really fabulously interesting - and it won't be white.

2 Comments:

Blogger sopranospinner said...

I CANNOT spin white wool. Just can't. I go mad. I admire you for how far you've gotten with it. I would have bailed long ago!

9:57 AM  
Blogger Opal said...

I have stalled on my spinning because I've been spinning the same colour for so long. And it's not white! I admire you for your stick-to-it-ness.

3:50 PM  

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