Saturday, October 13, 2007

I am a spinner!

Yes, my friends, I can finally call myself a spinner (not to be confused with a Spinner—I won't be there for a while). Behold, my very first handspun.

first handspun penny
I spun this yarn from some very coarse undyed Icelandic top that came with my wheel. It made for some pretty easy spinning for a beginner like me. This 2-ply skein is about 150 grams, 350 yards, 15 wpi (approximately sport weight). It's hardly soft and cuddly, but I could not be more pleased. I made yarn!

first handspun singles
some leftover singles added for scale

Actually, I finished this nearly a week ago, but I realized almost immediately that I had overplied it. (Ack—beginner's mistake!) After mulling it over for a day or so, I decided to run the yarn back through the wheel to remove some of the twist. No one could have been more surprised than I that it actually worked. The yarn is now fairly balanced.

first handspun close
It's so hairy!

With that yarn finished, I decided to treat myself to something from the other end of the softness spectrum. I'm now spinning up some Ashland Bay merino I bought at Heritage Arts a few weeks ago.

ab eg singles
my blue period continues

Wow, after the Icelandic wool, this stuff is like buttah! Oh merino, how I love thee.

And now for something completely different... Here's a shot of the flowers the Professor gave me for our anniversary.

ann flowers
They have nothing at all to do with spinning, but they're so pretty! How could I resist?

3 Comments:

At 10/13/07, 5:13 PM, Blogger loribird said...

Looking good! You could make some mittens with your new handspun, and line them with something soft.

 
At 10/14/07, 1:42 PM, Blogger miss88keys said...

WOW! I'm totally impressed. You're definitely got some natural spinning talent.

 
At 10/14/07, 3:17 PM, Blogger mle said...

Very cool! I can't wait to see that merino all spun up! it's such a lovely shade of blue.

 

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