Tour de Fleece 2013, week 2

Word Lily spinsAlthough I knew today was Friday, I somehow hadn’t put together until this morning that today being Friday meant I wanted to post about my spinning this week, alas! I’m going to blame that cognitive lapse on lack of sleep. I haven’t touched my knitting or crochet all week, it’s been just spinning, all the time (except for when, you know, I’m doing life stuff).

Spinning this week has been … frustrating. But I’ll get around to that in good time. First, here’s a rundown of what I spun.

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I spun these two little skeins, intending to stripe them (perhaps in combination with another yarn, if needed) to knit something for A. The fiber is mostly mill ends. The lighter, more multi-colored skein, is spun from a batt I carded. The darker skein is spun from top, the the same dark green top that makes up the bulk of the batt. Between the two of skeins, I’ve got 100 grams and 96 yards.

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This yarn was in progress last week. I just barely missed getting it all on the bobbin when plying. Combined here, this two-ply yarn is 234 grams and 452 yards. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out, if a bit surprised at how much more subdued the yarn is than the top seemed.

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This BFL/silk was singles when I posted last week. When I finally found enough uninterrupted time to ply this, I was quite disappointed in what I ended up with. Don’t get me wrong, it’s lovely yarn, but I was aiming for lace weight, or at least fingering. I wanted to knit lace (a shawl), or maybe socks with this yarn. But it’s solidly sport weight, and not enough yardage to make those (besides being thick enough that I wouldn’t want to wear it as a shawl or in my shoes). Four ounces, 296 yards. Bah.

And that failure set me on the quest for thinner yarn.

Scene: I’d already spun most of this fiber’s singles when I reached this point in the narrative.

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I started with four batts I’d carded from wool/mohair mill ends. When I came back to the wheel after realizing the Mauvin wasn’t anything close to what I’d been planning on, I tried to spin thinner and thinner. That spinning was roughly the second half of the second bobbin of this fiber. So then I plied.

That mostly thin(ner) yarn paired up with the thicker first bobbin, and I got a skein of two-ply yarn that looks kinda thread-plied (although the singles still weren’t thin enough to result, even when self-plied, in lace weight). 105 grams, 174 yards

Then I wound the remaining singles from that second bobbin (the mostly thicker part, now) into a center-pull ball and plied, and ended up with a small skein of much more even yarn. 35 grams, 83 yards

Almost done with the week’s saga. Still here?

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Still deep in my frustration, I plucked a wee bit of hand-dyed (by me) top from the stash and spun it slower, aiming for as thin as I could. I wanted a small bit, so I could get feedback sooner. When I plied it up, I still failed.

This mini skein tips the scale at 25 grams, 84 yards.

I don’t know what to blame this on. I started by deciding it was my wheel’s fault. My drive band is too stretched out to work on the fastest ratio. (New one ordered.) And while I’d like to think that’s the problem, maybe a larger factor is my lack of time at the wheel. I haven’t been spinning frequently. And it’s not like I was a master spinner when I left off. I guess more practice isn’t a bad thing, eh? ;) Ah, if I could only find a way to balance all the crafts and the rest of life’s requirements. At any rate, I’ve started spinning the next thing. We’ll see how it goes.

Have you been spinning this week? Or maybe spinning your wheels at something? (Like that metaphor?)

Head over to FO Fridays and Fiber Arts Fridays to see what other people are up to in the fibery world today.

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9 responses to “Tour de Fleece 2013, week 2

  1. I don’t totally understand what your talking about, but I think your yarn is gorgeous, especially the reds!

  2. There are to less hours left after a day’s work unfortunatelly. I could stay at home and wouldn’t feel bored for one second as there are so many great projects I could do. I don’t know which of your yarns I like best! Have a nice weekend. Regula

  3. I can feel your frustration….hugs. It seems like several of us are having problems spinning lace weight. I’m just glad I’ve made it to my lace flyer, am spinning consistently and made it through plying my singles.

    All your yarns are lovely.

  4. Spinning my wheels at life :)

  5. I really wish I had something intelligent to say but mostly I’m just impressed!! I adore the second color–the coral looking one. Curious what you have planned for all of these!

    Spinning? Well, I’ve been back to my hexies in the evenings even though I’ve run out of ones to sew together so now I’m back to basting. I plan to cut a ton of fabric to take with me on the roadtrip this weekend. I get a little carsick, especially while pregnant, so hopefully that will take my mind off of things–as long as Elle will let me! Other than that I did start cutting the fabric for Baby Billie Jean’s quilt today. I’ll be sewing the fabric onto scrap paper (to act like a kind of interfacing) so need to draw my lines on the paper and then I can get started sewing!! That’s all for me. :P

  6. Your spinning is beautiful. I love your hand dyed and carded batts… it’s interesting how sometimes the spun yarn is so different to what you imagined when in fibre form ;)

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