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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

More Spinning

I finished up the second bobbin of my handdyed GCNI/Mohair singles. I'll wait until later this week to ply it since I finished the first bobbin over a week ago. This is going to be some seriously fun sock yarn! I did not spin this yarn to be fingering weight, it's a sport weight. When I spin for socks, I purposely spin heavier than the average sock yarn for a couple of reasons: it gives me thicker socks to wear around the house and sleep in, and if I always spun fingering weight I might feel like I shouldn't buy sock yarn since I can spin it. There are just too many really great sock yarns out there for me to limit myself this way. At least that's the way I see it.



Blogger Connie Peterson said...

I was told that handspun yarns are too soft for socks and that they wear holes in them too quickly, which is why my daughter and I use commercial yarns for socks.

What is your trick?

9:14 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Since I bought the spinning shop my spinning time has decreased dramatically. Who knew.
And to Connie, I say, use a courser wool, like Wensleydale and make sure it has extra twist and it will wear like iron.

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely color, those are going to be really wonderful socks!

11:36 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Fantastic spinning!

You know, I'm the same when I spin my own sock yarn, I do tend to spin fine, thin singles, but I navajo ply when I do sock yarns. I find that they last so much longer and it gives the yarn a certain springiness. I'm also leaning towards non-superwash fibers. Current favorites are wool top and falkland for socks. Sometimes I knit them just a little too loosely, but that's always easily fixed as well. I fill my sinks with one hot and one cold when I wash them and they shrink just right for a custom fit!

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty pink!! Mother

12:51 PM  

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