Spinning Away

Despite the fact that I was in the middle of spinning the brown wool, I went ahead and started playing with the Norwegian roving. It spun up quite nicely! I was pleasantly surprised. It was rather inexpensive, which made me think it wouldn’t have as good quality, but I was wrong. It’s a nice, squishy yarn, with just enough coarseness that I think it will wear well. The first skein wound off at a squeak over 70 yards. No clue what the others wound off at.

Three Skeins

Three Skeins

I’d like to get it all spun up into yarn before the end of next week. In the meantime, the two skeins of brown and the little bit of fiber left to be spun are sitting on the sidelines watching.

Brown Yarn

Brown Yarn

I plan to make this particular yarn into a felted bag, which will have a pocket of white and green colorwork. The idea was to make it big enough to hold watercoloring supplies, but I don’t know if I’ll have enough yarn. It might wind up being a small purse with the colorwork part making up one side, instead of a pocket. And, yes, I am dawdling a little in getting back to this fiber because a section of it is stuff I have to un-ply and re-twist. Not fun. There isn’t a lot of it, but it looks very intimidating.

The alpaca is coming along well. I wound off the second bobbin-full just a little while ago.

Oh, and I completely forgot about Daisy’s fleece for a day or so, then never got around to rinsing it out. I finally did it today. Whew. It was a bit, shall we say, ripe? Not as bad as it could have been, and it rinsed out amazingly well. I may have to try forgetting about fleece more often! It’s currently soaking in a lukewarm bath to bring it up to a closer temperature to the near-boiling water it’s going to be dunked into when I wash it with the Simple Green and Dawn.

2 Responses to Spinning Away
  1. outandin
    January 13, 2009 | 11:07 am

    Any plans for the Norwegian yarn?

    And you do know to use a much larger hook than you normally would for something you plan to felt, right? Felted bags are lovely–I’ve made a couple and they are so pretty and soft.

  2. Rebekah
    January 13, 2009 | 2:27 pm

    The Norwegian yarn is going to be used for Kool-aid dyeing.

    Oh, thanks, I hadn’t thought through that yet. I knew that you wanted the finished yarn to be lofty so there would be plenty of room for the fibers to wiggle and felt, but using a larger hook also makes lots of sense!

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