Sunday, December 20, 2020

One List Complete

It's going to be hard to finish all three of my 20 in 2020 lists (yarn, patterns, and fiber), but one of them is officially complete as of yesterday. I finished spinning the singles on Friday, let them rest on the bobbin overnight, and then wound them off into a center-pull ball yesterday morning so I could ply from both ends, which I managed to do in one sitting yesterday.

I wanted to skein and wash last night, but we had a late evening -- we decided to watch You've Got Mail, which I've been quoting to Rainbow for years ("F-O-X!"). She now finally gets my references and also has been properly educated about the early days of email, but it meant that it was almost 10 by the time we finished. So I skeined and washed this morning, which means that I don't have final final photos to share -- it's still a bit damp and is hanging out on the radiator to dry out. But it's still pretty nice yarn, if I do say so myself.

I won't be able to determine the final yardage until it's fully dry, because handspun skeins often shrink when they dry, but it looks like it will end up sport weight and likely the in the neighborhood of 300 yards.

I really struggled to capture the colors accurately in these photos, and ultimately I had to edit them a bit because the colors were appearing so washed out when in fact they're actually quite deep and moody.

I was pondering what to spin next and was considering several options -- and then I remembered I still have an Advent-ish fiber thing to spin! So when I next sit down at my wheel, I'll be digging into my HipStrings Base 12 fiber. Can't wait to see what's inside those brown bags!


  1. Your yarn is really lovely.

  2. That yarn is gorgeous! I love the colors and will also be anxious to see what's in those brown bags!

  3. That yarn is so beautiful! Amazing!!

  4. That yarn is just so lovely, Sarah! Well done! (I will be cheering you on in your goal to get those final things done)

  5. That made me smile—Rainbow’s education on the early days of email!? I hadn’t thought of that! But of course :) and gorgeous, gorgeous colors there.

    1. It would be a very different movie today -- they'd both be cyber-stalking each other and know everything about each other, so there would be no mystery!

  6. What gorgeous colors Sarah! Beautiful yarn.

  7. This is gorgeous! I absolutely love the colours. WOW. I'm really looking forward to all your projects with handspun, whenever you feel like making them! Congratulations on meeting that goal, it's totally fantastic!
    (And the movie is one of my favourites. I really think Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were GREAT together!!)

  8. that yarn is gorgeous! F-O-X! that's one of my favorite movies! i haven't seen it in a while. time to watch it again.
    love, kisses & magical wishes...

  9. Beautiful handspun.