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Thursday, July 18, 2019

So Many Things!

Today's blog post is about everything that's happened here since Tuesday (fiberwise - I won't bore you with reality).
To begin with, Peasy is moving along nicely.  I'm knitting along towards the hem of the body and the plain stockinette has been the perfect project for Season 3 of Stranger Things.
In spinning news, I finished plying the Merino/Yak/Silk!  I wound it off on the Niddy Noddy and I ended up with 444 yards of fingering weight chain ply (essentially 3-ply).
I'm really happy with this finished yarn.  It's soft and bouncy and has the most amazing drape.  I'm also happy with how the colors worked out with this spinning project.  I'm trying to learn how to control colors when I spin from a beautiful, hand dyed braid so I can end up with a beautiful, hand spun skein, instead of a muddy-color-mess of a hand spun skein.  This project was a win.

My next spinning project is for a sweater quantity.  The fiber is 100% Merino and this is some of the old Ashland Bay Multi-Colored Merino top in the Cranberry colorway.  It was deep in my spinning stash and had been squished pretty flat so I did a little bit of careful predrafting just to open it up and get it moving and un-clumped.  Fortunately, there wasn't any felting.
As you can see, the fiber is mostly a blue red, but there is black, blue, white, and a tiny bit of a bright purple in it too.  This spins up to make a heathered single which will make a much more interesting finished yarn than a solid colored top would make.
I'm spinning for another fingering weight 3-ply since I only have a pound of fiber.  (Heavier weight yarns require more fiber to end up with a sweater quantity.  The Aguas gave me 1200+ yard out of 12 ounces, so I should be safe here.)  I'm planning to spin six bobbins of this, so you might be seeing a lot of this. 

Now you're all caught up on the fibery goodness here.  Have a great weekend!

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Blogger Geri said...

I have a couple of questions. What whorl are you using? What method of drafting? Do you split your braids or roving? I’m struggling to spin. a 3 ply fingering. In fact I have only spun one skein of two ply fingering. Any tips?

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