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Friday, June 27, 2008

Rosebud Yarn

I plied the Rosebud yarn (Corriedale from May's Spunky Eclectic Fiber Club) and tossed it in the washer to finish it and full it. Yes, I did agitate it some (I stood right there by it - for emotional support I guess). By fulling the finished yarn, it encourages the yarn to fluff up and bloom, making a loftier yarn than you would otherwise have. There's a great article on fulling finished yarn in a recent Spin Off magazine by Judith MacKenzie McCuin. Just be careful - if you try to full a longwool, you will end up with felted yarn, so make sure that your wool is something to full before you start.

I'm really happy with the yarn. I forgot to double check wraps per inch, but at a guess, it's slightly larger than worsted and I got over 300 yards of it. Remember how I stripped the roving lengthwise and kept the colors in order so I could have the yarn shift colors across all three plies at approximately the same time? Yeah, that didn't really happen. I ended up with a LOT more singles on one bobbin and the whole color shift thing turned into a festival of barber poling, but for some reason I'm not upset about this - the finished yarn makes me really happy! I probably should have rewound the bobbins of singles so I could have started plying with the beginning ends of the singles, where the colors would have matched up perfectly, but that sounds like way too much work for a spinning project that was purely for fun.

Have a great weekend!

Oh and to Anonymous who is trying to sign up for MS3 and mentioned in the comments that the group doesn't exist- that was last years Mystery Stole KAL and it closed to new sign ups in July of 2007. If you were a member of MS3 and can't find it, I sent out Special Notice emails saying I was going to close the group in May, then forgot to close it, so I decided to close it June 15, sent out another Special Notice email to that effect, and actually closed the group earlier this week. No official dates for MS4 yet -stay tuned.



Anonymous Robby said...

I really love that. I could see there were possibilities with your first picture, but you really made it come alive!

12:06 PM  
Blogger Daryl said...

I thought you were going to use the Yahoo group Pink Lemon Twist to send out announcements for Mystery Stole 4, but I never saw it. Boohoo. still can't find even the closed group.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

The yarn is beautiful.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Knittripps said...

The Rosebud yarn is very pretty. It seems like a happy yarn.

7:04 AM  
Blogger Anita said...

Wow! That yarn is gorgeous! All my favourite colours, all in the one yarn. :)

7:08 PM  
Blogger percello said...

i'm with daryl. i joined the yahoo group last summer thinking you were going to use it for ms4. now what?

2:25 PM  
Anonymous suzy said...

Oh, no... Not again. Last year, I missed signing up for MS3 by 24 hours and decided there and then to sign up to the yahoo group so I'd be ready for 2008. You specifically said you would use the pink lemon knits yahoo group to announce new patterns and to announce sign ups for the next Mystery Stole. So now I hear that the MS4 group has been closed for two weeks? How did that happen? Who had the opportunity to sign up? And why did I miss it again?

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Deb said...

This yarn is lovely, Melanie. I'm just starting spinning and you work is a great inspiration. Love your patterns, too.

6:34 AM  

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