Drumroll……[sounds of yarn whacking rhythmically on the side of a bathtub]….
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been working on a big, scary project: I’m spinning up a sweater’s worth of yarn, starting from the fleece.
Here is my first batch of plied yarn, drying on the back of the bathroom door. I choose this spot for drying because it’s convenient to my washing station (the bathroom sink) and because it’s right next to a blowing air vent, which speeds up drying time.
This first go-round of plying resulted in a little over 1,000 yards of 2-ply. Approximately dk-worsted weight (I think…I’ll have to swatch).
I washed the hanks, first in hot water with Eucalan, then shocked them in a bucket of cold water, then back into the hot water, then back into the cold again. This process helped relax a LOT of the twist and felted the yarn a bit, which helps it hold together better. There’s still a little bit of excess twist here and there, but NOTHING compared to how they started. The transformation, pre-wash to post-wash is astounding.
I’m normally a worsted spinner not a woolen spinner, so you know what I notice the most about this yarn after washing? The hanks aren’t dripping on the floor as they dry. Usually,when I dry my denser, worsted yarn, I put a towel down on the floor to prevent puddles. With this woolen yarn, I don’t need to do that. I’m actually able to squeeze out most of the water by hand. Amazing.
I’m not done plying yet. I still have a few more bobbins to go. I’ll let you know what my final yield is, with photos, when I’m all done.