I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to finish this skein of handspun, but finally, here we are:
I started off in November 2011 with a fibre club shipment from The Thylacine of Gotland Roving. The colourway is called Scorched and was a lovely mix of purples, reds and greys:
For some crazy reason, I though I would spin this long, crimpy, carded prep on support spindles – notably my Gripping Yarn Phang. It’s quite a chunky spindle and the most suited of all the spindles I own – but still perhaps not the best tool to have used. Spinning a fibre like this long-draw to maximise loft and softness was also not the best idea I’ve ever had, but within a few weeks I’d spun up half the fibre and it was looking good:
Then, in typical me-style, it took me about another six months to spin up the second half. But when I eventually finished, I ended up with singles of about 30-32 wpi, ready to be plied:
Then, in six months, I plied about this much:
Pathetic, right? It’s no wonder that sometimes I feel like I am the world’s least productive spinner. Finally got my act together a couple of weeks ago and started working on some older spinning projects and on Wednesday night, this finally got plied, skeined and dunked in a bath.
It’s amazing how hairy this yarn is! The long-draw and light plying has definitely helped it stop turning into twine and it’s quite snuggly and soft:
There’s a little bit at the start of the skein where the colours align nicely – you can see the purple and red stripes towards the bottom of this picture, but otherwise it’s quite nicely blended together.
In total I’ve got about 325 yards of 20 wpi yarn – from what weighs only 89g. I guess I threw away a lot of neppy bits as I was spinning to try and give a smoother yarn. The yarn will probably knit up closer to sock weight than lace weight so I might try and combine it with another yarn in a solid colour and knit up some sort of shawl or other item that needs two yarns.
Mostly though, I’m just glad it’s done! Going to try and catch up on a couple of other outstanding spinning projects before I break into any new fibre – although I have bought some of that lately! I gave in and had a bit of a splurge the other week from HilltopCloud. I’d never tried any of her fibres but have seen people posting pictures of finished fibres and projects on Ravelry.
I bought some of the most beautiful baby camel/silk:
Some pure mulberry silk, which I’ve never spun before:
Finally some lovely Southdown – which I hope to spin up for socks:
Turns out Katie will also be at Unravel, so I may try and buy some more fibre in person in a few weeks.
Will be back with more spinning very soon!