The skein of yarn below is waiting to be made into something that I can wear with fond memories.
It weighs 79g and is 241 metres in length (approximately sport-weight). The background behind it? I go to two knitting groups. Monday morning's is held in a local village hall and all are welcome (we get between 7 and 16 people each week). Friday morning's is much smaller. There are 8 of us in total if we're all able to make it and we meet in a local pub. Up until last summer, there were 9 of us on a Friday, but then we lost Joan, a lovely lady in her 80s, who had been battling cancer for some time. Joan was skilled in many forms of needlework and had amassed a sizeable stash of crafting materials, which one of the other ladies sorted through and then brought to one of our Friday get-togethers. In amongst the stash were various small bags and packets of dyed wool locks, bits of silk, etc, which we think Joan had used in her embroidery work. I took those little bags of 'bits' and carded them up into a batt, which weighed 34g. I spun the batt into a single of yarn and I then found in my stash some fibre that was steel grey, dark blue and rusty brown and spun that into a second single, before plying the two bobbins together to make the tweedy yarn above. I just need to find a project to knit the yarn into. Possibly a hat as it's not next-to-skin soft.
So, having spun that yarn, I pulled a new 'bump' of fibre from my stash and started spinning that. It's a 70/30 merino/silk blend from World of Wool and is called Phoenix. My plan was to spin a 3ply yarn with a fairly high twist to knit into socks and I'm pleased with the result:
I'm still not able to spin a 3ply yarn as thin as I'd like, but I think I just need to keep going and practice more. Anyway, this is nice and soft (probably won't last too long as socks, but that's the beauty of making things oneself; more can be made!) and is 97g and 261 metres.
That's finished handspun, so now onto WIPs!
On my wheel:
Some Exmoore Blackface (I think - I was sure I kept the label, but I've misplaced it at the moment). The fibre was bought from Hilltop Cloud and is a mix of greens. So far, I've spun two bobbins:
and once I've spun the last bit of the fibre onto the third bobbin I'll play the three singles together and see how much I've got.
|the cloud of fluff on the left is what's left to do!|
On my spindle:
Autumn 2015, I bought two basic spindles from Hilltop Cloud, hoping to get DD2 to use them. She hasn't shown any willingness to spin herself, but I have found that, with her sensory issues and input requirements, getting her to watch the spindle going round and round can have a calming effect on her, so I decided to try and be ready in the morning five or ten minutes before her taxi is due to arrive so that I can get her to watch the spindle, thus setting her up for her school day (and it does seem to help). Spindle spinning is, for me, a very slow process and so far, this is what I've wound off (yes, onto the cardboard tube from inside a loo roll!):
40g of grey merino.
To go with that (which I'm trying to spin thinly), I've now got some claret red merino on my spindle:
This has gone a little bit more quickly simply because I'm trying to do some every day and I'm about halfway through the red. Once I've finished that, I'm going to spin another 40g, but of a light spring green and then I'll ply all three together and see what I end up with.
I also started watching the Wool n' Spinning vlog/podcast towards the end of last year and have recently watched the episodes from last year where Rachel (the blog/vlog owner) started using a Turkish spindle so, of course, now I want one. Will I give in, or will I be good? I'll let you know next month!