February 20, 2010

Ravelympics: Day 10

Filed under:Finished Objects,Knitting Olympics,Spinning — Aileen @ 16:13

So. This Flying Camel event. It seems to have started something quite unstoppable. This is the first of my Ashford merino-silk batches. Remember how I was telling you that I spun the second bobbin in contrary motion to the first? And how I only realised when I was plying them together? This is what I ended up with.

The really small skein at the front there seems to have responded well to being washed and stretched out. The other skein was maybe a bit too big; some parts in the middle seems to have been unaffected. I am considering re-washing and re-skeining it to see if it can be redeemed. Kind of a rookie mistake, though, that I was determined to avoid with the next batch!

Now this stuff turned out well. It’s a fairly consistent 2-ply double knit. To be honest, it really didn’t look very good but when I washed it, it fluffed out and settled nicely. I have about 100g of this. For both batches, I spun them worsted-style with a forward short-draw (well, I think I did!).

And do you remember the batt I showed you mid-spin? Since it was only a 40g batt, I only filled half a bobbin. I figured I should challenge myself to learn something new so instead of andean-plying it back on itself as I would normally do, I decided to chain or navajo ply it. It’s a little funny but it works really well, even though I ended up over-twisting some parts. I don’t mind too much though, it was just for a bit of fun.

I got a massive kick out of spinning this, as little as there is in it. It was my first time spinning from the fold and using a long backwards draw. There will definitely be more mixed batts in my future! This one was called Clara and (I found the wee composition tag under my mountain of handspun…) it’s made up of merino, bluefaced leicester, angelina, tencel and bamboo. Mmmm.

When I ordered that batt from Laura, I also got two plaits of roving with this in mind. Altogether I had 240g of bluefaced leicester. It’s the first time I have ever spun alot of something with a sweater in mind and I figured it would take me ages. In fact, it only took me a few days.

The biggest drawback was that, when I was plying, my bobbins kept filling up very quickly. This also explains why my skeins are pretty small! This is the first batch that I spun, plied and washed. The second batch – three more skeins – is on the line. Like the Ashford stuff, I spun it using a short forwards draw. I ought to have enough for the sweater but I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

My problem now is that… I don’t have any more fibre to spin. I found a wee ball of roving that I bought in Chicago two years ago and have gotten a bobbin of lace weight out of it that I am going to have to ply back on itself. I am trying to eke it out, though, and frankly am feeling a bit bereft at the thought of no spinning next week. Of course, I am drowning in handspun… it never rains but it pours!

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6 Comments »

  1. They are gorgeous!
    You’re making me want to spin more, but I have too much else to be doing during my days right now. Still… it’s not as if I do anything during the night. Who needs sleep, after all?

    I especially love the last photo. That pink is really lovely.

    Comment by Aoibh — February 20, 2010 @ 17:03

  2. It’s a spinning frenzy! It all looks fantastic. I love the last two, they have great texture. The red looks really lovely too, that Ashford fibre is lovely, it should knit up really well. I’m always amazed when I wash the finished yarn, it really makes it puff up and look great.
    I think your blue first yarn may surprise you. If it’s over twisted and biasing when you knit with it, you might try crocheting with it. I saw someplace that the direction of the twist isn’t as important as it is with knitting.

    Comment by Bionic Laura — February 20, 2010 @ 19:43

  3. Great spinning! I know something about not being able to let the spinning go and focus on another craft.
    And I agree, that pink on the last picture looks fantastic!

    Comment by Jagienka — February 20, 2010 @ 21:01

  4. I am currently spinning too, in fact I took a short break to have a look to see what you were up too..Beautiful colors!!

    Comment by Kimberly — February 20, 2010 @ 23:32

  5. Those are beautiful!

    Comment by sheknitupthatball — February 21, 2010 @ 12:47

  6. Have you been reading that spinning book? And actually absorbing the information? That’s where I fail – actually reading & absorbing.
    Your new yarns look fantastic – well done!

    Comment by eimearee — February 22, 2010 @ 14:28

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