This week I have some finished handspun yarn to show off! I’ve been spinning up a storm lately; it seems to require less active thinking than knitting, for me at least, and I’m finding the automatic and repetitive motions really soothing. After having to rip out and completely re-knit one sweater sleeve early this week, I decided to just set my knitting aside until life slows down and my brain decides to start working again. : ) This is the Falkland fiber I was working on in my last post:
On the right is the big squishy skein, which is a 2-ply yarn that’s probably a sportweight. I had some leftover singles on one bobbin, so I chain plied them to make a small skein there on the left (chain plying preserves color changes to make a striped finished yarn, as in the little baby skein, whereas 2-plying or 3-plying mixes the colors all up, which you can see in the big mama skein). I always think it’s so cool to see how different plying methods result in such different finished yarns, from the same fiber.
I also finished spinning a skein of Surino (a Suri alpaca-merino blend) from Flaggy Meadow Fiber Works a few weeks ago, and I finally got around to taking photos. It’s another 2-ply yarn that’s also around a sportweight. Notice a pattern? That’s definitely my “default” yarn I end up spinning.
My next spinning project is going to be an antidote for the dreary, rainy, late-wintery weather we’ve been having lately. It’s superwash merino from Nest Fiber Studio in the Kismet colorway, and it’s part of a spin-a-long on the Nest Ravelry group. The bright colors are so clear and amazing, and I can’t wait to start on it. It’s by far the softest and fluffiest fiber I’ve ever worked with – imagine Persian kittens and cumulus clouds and downy baby duckling feathers, and you might get a tiny inkling of how soft this is. It’s incredible. I want a giant bed of it to sleep on.
Hope you have a beautiful weekend – I’m off to play with some more wool! Check out more Finished Objects at FO Fridays.