Monday, July 20, 2009

I CAN Spin Thick!

I had a fun experiment with my spinning over the weekend. I started with this fiber, 4 oz. of BFL top from Miss Babs in a colorway called Van Gogh.

I decided to spin quickly and thicker, so I ended up with this two-ply yarn that's approximately worsted weight, about 167 yards. I had some singles leftover on one bobbin, so I Navajo plied them for about 10 additional yarns. Unfortunately the sun didn't want to come out when I took this picture, so colors aren't quite accurate in this shot (they're better in the shot of the original fiber):

One of my challenges for myself in the Tour de Fleece was to spin thicker, and this definitely met that challenge. It's amazing how quickly you can spin up some yarn when you're not spinning the thickness of sewing thread!

Right now I have the rest of the Rainbow fiber on the wheel. I'm spinning fine again, planning a Navajo-plied fingering weight to match the other yarn in order to make some matching accessories for the BSJ.

Speaking of the Tour de Fleece, the spindle I won arrived today, from Jesh. Isn't it pretty?

There was a bit of fiber wrapped around it (for added padding), so I tried out my spindling skills. Unfortunately, it looks like my skills are very much where I left them when I abandoned my original spindle for my wheel, so I may have to take a class or two so as not to be so embarrassingly horrible.

Oh, and also? The Mister and I went for another ultrasound over the weekend, and I've picked out the yarn for Rainbow's next pair of socks:


  1. VirginiaKnits7:13 PM

    It's a girl!


  2. Aww! Congratulations! Girls are wonderful!

  3. Appropriate needles for Rainbow's socks. :)

    Your new yarn looks great, by the way. You spin thin so beautifully, though, that I would never complain!

  4. My, what a lovely *thick* yarn you have. :-)

    Pink!!!! Woo hoo! Little Miss Rainbow will be well clad.

  5. Anonymous10:59 AM

    I am so excited for you! I have boys so have never experienced the joy of a girl. I love your blog and your spinning is phenomenal!
    your former Sockapalooza pal

  6. If you go to the Tour de Fleece spin-in at Natural Stitches on Thursday, take your spindle. Laurie, who is in my Borders knitting group, is a fantastic spindle-spinner and I'm certain she would be happy to give you a lesson!

  7. Anonymous9:28 AM

    You're spinning is just getting better and better. BTW, did you find any use for the yarn I sent ya?

  8. Excellent spinning! That colorway is very Starry Night!

  9. Anonymous6:53 AM

    How have I fallen so far behind in my blog reading that I missed this?

    You're going to have so much fun knitting for a little girl (not that you wouldn't have fun knitting for a boy) - there are just so many cute patterns out there for girls.