Something Called "Yarn Weight"?

Whew. It’s been a while since I’ve posted about any personal projects. And as a result, quite a few posts have racked up, so hold onto your hats!

I finished spinning these lovely skeins. They’re from the Iowa fleece (the same fleece I’m working on washing) and have a great feel to them. I spun them on the Walking Wheel.
The only problem is that I didn’t pay very close attention to the size of the singles as I spun. A little “weight shift” occurred between the skeins. Keen-eyed yarn lovers may notice I have one skein that is thin for the most part, and two that are mainly thick. (I say mostly and mainly because they were “fun” yarns. The kind I don’t grapple with tooth and nail to get the lumps and inconsistencies out.) I’m itching to get these into a dye pot of some kind, but I don’t know what for. Lately all my yarns have been spun and dyed with certain projects in mind. This lends itself well to the careful and responsible use of all and sundry fluff.

But I really just want to slap those babies into the kettle and have fun with them.

Maybe I should measure the yardage and go from there. Two together might be enough for a hat. Or maybe all the three could be made into a unique felted bag. Although one can only use so many felted bags. Oh, wait! I might have a use for one.

Ahem. Anyway. While I was finishing these skeins an idea occurred to me. An idea that involved the Lincoln batts. And a cowl with a twist. And making my own knitting pattern.

Oops. Did I say that out loud? I know I’m just a baby knitter, but I really don’t think I’ll find this particular style anywhere. Not that I’ve looked, of course. The idea of making my own pattern is just too cool to let someone else’s brilliance spoil it.


The only trouble is that I began spinning the batts and I think they’re turning out to be a different kind of yarn than a “next to the skin” yarn. See how fuzzy and hairy they are? The color is gorgeous and the yarn is shiny—it just doesn’t seem to quite fit a cowl. But, hey, that means I get two projects for the idea of one. I have great yarn to use for something, and a great pattern idea to use for something. Double prize!

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