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So Near And Yet So Far

The Completed Rebecca Yarn

The Completed Rebecca Yarn

Ta-da! It’s done. All the work and excitement has transformed into twenty-three ounces of light-worsted/worsted yarn. According to my calculations, that means that only nine ounces of weight washed out with the lanolin. As far as I know, that’s a decent amount. I’ve read that Merino wool loses half of its weight when you wash the grease out. Anyway, I am now trying to decide what color to dye the yarn, and whether to just wing it on the pattern, or look around and see what I can find.

Right There! I Can See It!

Look what is showing through my once-enormous pile of turquoise fiber.

I Can See The Bottom!

I Can See The Bottom!

This is all I was able to make before running out of purple locks to stick into the thin single.

The Finished Lumpy

The Finished Lumpy

Actually, I’m rather glad I ran out. It was getting a little tiring. I have a few chunks of badly felted locks left, but they don’t look as pretty as the ones in the yarn. That enormous skein on the end was what I got done yesterday. Oh, by the way, all the stuff you’re seeing here are things I got done yesterday. It was late when I got around to winding things down, so I didn’t get this up until now. I shall try to be better about that.

All Spruced Up

I must say, this yarn has grown on me. When it arrived in roving form I was a bit skeptical of its turning out well. It’s a heathered blueish-green. Very deep and rich in tone, but with a hint of gray. (For fellow spinners, this is the Ashland Bay “Mountain Meadow” top. Drafts well, and spins up nicely. I got mine from Copper Moose. In other places it might be listed as “Blue Green Colonial Top.”)

Heathered Yarn

Heathered Yarn

Flamenco

I couldn’t wait to start spinning up the “Flamenco” superwash merino and silk blend that I got from the Sanguine Gryphon. I’m using my lighter drop spindle on top whorl. I just love the richness of the colors. Wool/silk blends are rapidly becoming my favorite. They draft like butter! This will probably become the standard, three-ply light worsted weight. Unless it manages to talk me into making it a two-ply sport weight. The single on the spindle is crying to be lace!

Spun Single

Spun Single

Purple Silk

SAFF purchase details: Post #3

I had seen a whole wall of rainbow-dyed silk during the first walk through, and after I had bought stuff at Gwenyth Glynn and Whorling Tides, I headed back toward the Bullen’s Wullens booth. They had some amazing shades of color. It was hard to pick just one! (The silk came in larger packages. I can’t remember now if it was eight ounces or four. It’s a good size.) But I settled on this one.

The Winner

The Winner

I can hardly wait to try spinning it. I’ve never done pure silk before.

The Whole 45 Yards

Due to various mistakes, teachable moments, and the occasional ruined chunk, my “thistles” roving (see previous post) turned into a whopping (ha-ha) 45 yards of light worsted weight. (Measured on my new umbrella swift!)

The Finished Thistles

The Finished Thistles

I’m still not sure if I like the color. One minute it looks like it’s rusted, and the next it looks like I tried for Christmas colors and failed miserably. It actually looks prettier in the picture then it does in real life! It’s not my personal preference, but I don’t think it’s awful. Now I just have to figure out what to do with it. Maybe I can use it to try out a pattern or something.

Three Skein Wonder

The forest tones Northern Lights yarn is officially done. Eight ounces turned into 469 yards of light worsted weight beauty.