Almost 2,000 Yards of Recent Spinning

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I elected not to participate in Tour de Fleece this year. I was sure I would not have time. But you’d never know it to see the recent products of my wheel.

Lorna's Laces Shepherd's Wool (4 oz). Chain ply/3-ply.  Large hank 226 yds. Small Hank about 100 yds.

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd’s Wool (4 oz). Chain ply/3-ply. Large hank 226 yds. Small Hank about 100 yds.

Wedding Yarn

I spun the singles for this lovely red/pink/purple yarn in the days before my wedding. It was my procrastination project. I like to think that it’s full of anticipation.  I plied the large hank just before we left for the honeymoon. The small hank was plied from the remaining singles when we returned. Amazingly, I managed not to over-ply the pre-wedding hank, despite all the expectant tension.

3-ply. 2 strands of silver Romney/Perendale. 1 strand of hand-carded red/green/natural Romney.  360 yds.

3-ply. 2 strands of silver Romney/Perendale.
1 strand of hand-carded red/green/natural Romney. 360 yds.

A Hand-Carding Experiment Gone Surprisingly Right

On my honeymoon, while at Black Sheep Gathering, I purchased a couple of ounces of  dyed and un-dyed Romney locks. I used them to teach myself to card rolags. Then, a few days later, I spun them. The resulting red/green/brown yarn was…interesting. Festive, I suppose. Casting about in my stash for something to tone it down I found some singles I had spun out of lovely silver Romney/Perendale.  The result is more successful than I had imagined. Through the color-toning influence of plying I managed to turn something offensive into something quite pretty.

5 oz of Julie Spins "Asparagus" Wensleydale. Chain ply/3-ply. 170 yds.

5 oz of Julie Spins “Asparagus” Wensleydale. Chain ply/3-ply. 170 yds.

Crisp and Crunchy Yarn

Asparagus is an apt name for this colorway and a completely appropriate metaphor for this fiber. Wensleydale is such a delight to spin. Crisp and wiry between my fingers, with a little bit of soft snap to it, just like a fresh stalk of asparagus. I’m not sure chain ply was the best choice for this yarn, but live and learn. I shall use it to weave and thus erase some of the over-twisting.

Sweet Georgia "woodland" 75% BFL/ 25% silk. 2 4-oz braids. 3-ply. About 1000 yds, give or take a few.

Sweet Georgia “woodland” 75% BFL/ 25% silk. 2 4-oz braids. 2-ply. About 1000 yds, give or take a few.

Pleased as Punch

I’m just tickled about how this yarn turned out. After my last massive, fine-weight, 2-ply experiment, I made it my goal to try to ply this yarn more tightly. I wanted something more solid, less likely to be split by needles or to drift apart when hit by a breeze.  As I took hanks off the niddy-noddy I grew concerned that I’d over-corrected and plied too tightly. But I’d heard that many yarns can be relaxed and corrected through washing so I decided to put a stopper in my anxiety and give H2O a chance. I soaked the hanks in hot water with a bit of Eucalan, then smacked them about on the side of the bathtub to subdue them, then hung them to dry. A hot-darn, it sure worked.

I love the look of this colorway. It reminds me of the Abe Lincoln statue at UW-Madison: the one every student is supposed to try to kiss when drunk. People used to tease each other about having green on their teeth.

15 thoughts on “Almost 2,000 Yards of Recent Spinning

  1. Gorgeous yarns! And I probably should have skipped TdF this year, too, as I’ve really been a non-factor due to other commitments but I’m still trying to get some wheel time in and just have fun with it.

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