Adding to the yarn stash

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve made some progress in moving fiber from the spinning piles to the yarn stash.

First is the Polwarth/silk yarn I finished at the early March finishing weekend, off the bobbin, wet finished, dried and in its final skein.

From this:

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To this:

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Over the last week I also plied and finished this humbug BFL fiber that I dyed back in January.

These:

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Became these:

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This makes 1.6 lbs. spun this year.  My goal is 6 lbs. so I need to pick up the pace a little bit, but my goal is definitely doable.

In knitting news, I’ve also started to work on a new cowl, practicing the two color brioche stitch that my friend taught us.  I started with a scarf, but didn’t like the way the edges were going, and I prefer cowls and shawls to straight scarves anyway, so I ripped it back and cast on for a cowl instead.

It is fairly simple now that I’ve gotten the hang of it, so this will be good mindless TV knitting.

 

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Lost skills

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I’ve plied 2 1/2 bobbins of the green fiber and while I like the resulting yarn, it is clear that my long hiatus from spinning has really resulted in a decline in my abilities.  The twist and thickness is all over the place!

It will still work just fine for a mittens/hat/cowl combo, my tentative plan, but I need to be doing this more regularly to get back some of the evenness of previous yarns.  I was never more than intermediate, but I can do better!

A close up to show the unintended texture:

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Still, sometimes the less uniform yarns make for the most interesting knits.  I still have more of the fiber to spin into singles, so I should end up with at least another bobbin of two ply.

 

Spinning

While the boys destroyed the kitchen making chocolate chip cookies, I dragged out the spinning wheel, dusted it a bit, and tried to remember how I used to be fairly competent at making yarn.

Fiber glamour shot:

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It is a polwarth/silk top that I kettle dyed.  I have another bundle that I dyed with the same greens but with a touch for orange in places.

I’ve gotten pretty consistent in spinning thin singles, but now I’m trying to relearn spinning thicker.  So far, my twist amount is all over the place, and it isn’t very consistent.  It is pigtailing some because I haven’t slowed down my treading enough, and it gets too thin in places.  But I’m still going to like the finished yarn.  I like somewhat thick and thin yarn – it makes interesting fabric when knitted or woven.

The first bobbin is the green with orange tints, and the second is the green with light sections.  Definitely over spun – see the curls?  But it will work itself out in the plying.

Meanwhile, the boys have discovered that it is a good idea to make sure the leftover pizza is out of the oven before preheating to bake cookies.