I Can’t Stop

I think I’m officially on a spinning jag. After I finished my last skein of handspun, I immediately started another.

This is another braid from The Wacky Windmill, a 70% superwash Merino and 30% Seacell blend which I adore. It is fantastically soft and silky and fluffs up very nicely with a little predrafting. I love the earthy blend of colors, appropriately named ‘The Shire’.

While I carded and spun the fiber for my last skein woolen-style to make a very fluffy, bouncy, almost sticky texture, this one I am spinning worsted-style from the smooth top. I am getting a delightfully even single. I split the braid in two and will spin each half and then chain ply for a 3-ply yarn that preserves the color sequence. I am also changing up the direction I’m spinning this time: spinning the singles counter clockwise and then plying clockwise. There was an interesting article in the latest Spin-Off magazine about how the direction you spin can be affected by the way you knit, because as you knit you are either adding or removing twist, and this can make your plied yarn come unplied or give it tighter twist. Just another little experiment… we’ll see what happens!

I’m thinking I should be able to make good progress on this while watching the last of the LOTR movies this evening…

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12 thoughts on “I Can’t Stop

  1. When I read your post title, I knew it had to be about spinning, because that's how I feel most of the time, too! The wheel's always calling out to me. 🙂 Your spinning looks fantastic, and I can't wait to see that beautiful Merino/Seacell top as a chain-plied yarn. It's going to be gorgeous!!

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  2. I'm right there with you on spinning obsessions– I basically don't want to do anything else! One thing I like about my wheel is the ability to spin with the “normal” twist; I've always spindle-spun backwards, somehow, which makes good crochet yarn (apparently), but does tend to untwist for me as a knitter.

    The singles on your bobbin look lovely– what are you thinking you'll knit with your 3-ply?

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  3. I love that name, and the color is so gorgeous. I never thought about how my spinning would work with my knitting. I can't wait to see how this turns out for you!

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