Handspun galore!

I’ve been spinning A LOT! And by this, I mean A LOT. Last year, my wheel barely saw any action as I juggled soaping, the kids and other aspects of my life.

This time around, I try to squeeze in as much spin-time as I possible can in between soaping. Making bigger batches of soap at a time has helped a lot! Anyway, thanks to this, I have churned out – since January this year – at least 12 bundles of fiber and finished off a really old spin WIP. That totals up to over 1.5kg of fiber and around 7204.96 meters! And it’s only April! WHOA!…

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Spinning well into 2015!

SS Handspun: Millefiori Lace

Wow, this blog has been quite for the longest time ever! I blame it on the soaping! Tehehehe. Anyway, I don’t ever recall spinning this much in three months, let alone a year. Somehow, during the Christmas break (and a few weeks prior to my Christmas vacation), I decided to focus on my other hobbies – spinning and knitting. The knitting didn’t fare so well but the spinning turned out to be quite fruitful. (At the rate I’m going, I may just decide to do a little spin challenge of my own…or something.) I managed to dive into my stash, decide what I wanted to focus on for the next couple of months and put my wheel to very good use…

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WIP: Wensleydale

SS Handspun Wes Skein I

Ply | Single
Yardage | 483.1 m
WPI |
Fibre | Simple Scarves Wensleydale in Magical Forest
Tool | Paua & amazon rosewood turkish spindles

This is still very much a stalled or on-going (depending on how you want to look at it) spin in progress. I did try working on the wheel with this but found out after a while that my spin style gave me rather wiry than soft halo-ish yarn so it’s pretty much on the spindle.

Anyway, I’m sharing it again because I simply love looking at it…the halo is utterly divine!

I do wish I had more time to spin and knit…am seriously missing it. I doubt I’d have a chance to do much of it – I need to get started on Christmas soaps and gift packs. O’well…

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Woody Grass

Woody Grass

Ply | Three
Yardage | 632.4 m
WPI |
Fibre | Simple Scarves Superwash Merino-Nylon in Woody Grass
Tool | Serenity Wheel [10:1]

It has been a while since I last worked on anything green and when I first ventured into dyeing up fiber blends, I felt that superwash merino-nylon was a good addition. The fiber blend I purchased was soft yet strong and very well blended – the nylon was barely visible which made for a “clean” and non-sparkly yarn. I don’t normally buy a lot of green fibers. Somehow green doesn’t appeal to me but you can’t exactly not dye certain colours or shades for a business. I decided on, what I would call, a mixed terrain blend of colours – olive, grass green, brown, golden brown and yellow-gold.

The end result is what you’d see here – 600 over meters of lovely sock yarn. I spun the singles on the thin side and so this wouldn’t exactly be a true-fingering weight yarn. More like light fingering. I am not too sure if I’d like to use these as socks simple because 600 or more meters is a lot of yardage and if I can stretch and make use of every inch of yarn, that would be great. So this would probably end up being a shawl of some sorts. I’ll have to figure out a pattern for it or just design one! Tehehehe.

I have another skein of handspun that I’ve just completed. I just need to let it rest of the niddy noddy before “finishing” it with a bath and lots of twacking to smooth out the twist. (Yes, this is all spinning jargon. *grin*)

Woody Grass

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Scottish Heather

SS Handspun - Scottish Heather

Ply | Three
Yardage | 461.7 m
WPI | Fingering
Fibre | Dyeing4Colour – 70/30 SW Seacell-Wool in Scottish Heather
Tool | Serenity Wheel [10:1]

Another finished handspun yarn!

Yes, it appears that my knitting has taken a break and I have picked up spinning again. Not exactly ideal considering that I have two knitting WIPs – cardigans for Eva and I – but the weather is starting to warm up so I reckon I might have to slow down on the spinning to make room for more knit work before it gets too warm for knitting.

While the yardage is fantastic on this bump of 4 ounces, I am not quite happy with the overall spin. While plying, some of the singles broke due to insufficient twist. Plying usually neutralises some of the twist so if you intend to ply your yarns, it’s good to create singles with an overtwist to it. I’ll have to remember this when I switch between spinning projects. (My previous spin project was an alpaca-silk-merino blend which I turned into laceweight singles – this requires a different amount of spin to keep the fibers together but not make the resulting yarn too wire-y.)

So far, that makes it about 17 ounces of wool spun up for the year. That’s not much but hey, it’s a start. Oh, did you know that I clocked over 5300 meters of singles! Whoa…

SS Handspun - Scottish Heather

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Sugar Pie

Sugar Pie

Ply | Single
Yardage | 952 m
WPI | Laceweight
Fibre | 50/30/20 Alpaca Merino Silk from Squoosh in Sugar Pie
Tool | Serenity Wheel [5.5:1]

I bought this fiber sometime in 2008 and had spun up some of it using a spindle. After a while, with all the moving, packing and unpacking, it was forgotten and stayed hidden away in my stash. While clearing out my yarn & fiber armoire a few weeks back, I came across it and decided to spin it up again. I tried with a spindle but after years of spinning with a wheel, I didn’t really seem to have the patience for spindle spinning. I should still get back to it since it’s a really lovely art and I don’t want my spindles to sit around gathering dust.

I wanted to keep this as a single ply yarn so I went back to spinning with a low ratio but with still zero to little tension. I tried putting in some band tension but that result into a too low spin which then lead to my singles breaking. Due to this practice, I had to discard a good amount of singles AND fiber. Once everything was spun up, I finished it with a hot water bath to felt it a little and lots of twacking in my bath tub to distribute the spin so that the resulting yarn is smoother but still strong enough to be used for lacework.

There is a certain halo to the yarn thanks to the alpaca fiber and the shine is just amazing. I must say that this is a gorgeous blend to work with. Sadly, I don’t have a lot of this blend in my stash – I have a lot of superwash and superwash blends (for sock purpose) – but I am going to consider stocking up on this blend in the future!

Sugar Pie

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Firestar

firestar-fin-b

Ply | Three
Yardage | 431.2 m
WPI | Fingering
Fibre | Simple Scarves Superwash Merino in Firestar
Tool | Serenity Wheel [10:1]

I started spinning this right after plying up my previous handspun. I was in the momentum and groove, and didn’t want to lose the drive. Since I still had some stock leftover from my yarn store, I decided to destash those first. The braid didn’t look very promising in terms of colours (hence it being a leftover from the store) but when I dyed it, I had a certain way of spinning and plying it in mind. I wanted to achieve a heathered look with “candy-cane” stripes on the singles.

The finished yarn came out as I had imagined it to be; it was still a joy to watch the colours unfold as I spun the singles and then again as I plied them. I made these into fingering weight yarn – the resulting colour and fiber type would make for a pair of lovely socks or a smallish knitted outfit for the kids.

And as you can guess, to maintain the spin momentum, I have started work on another braid of fibre! Tehehehehe.

firestar-fin-a

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