I thought I'd show what's involved in finishing up a skein of handspun yarn, and at the end I'll show you why I was so anxious to finish it! It's a picture-heavy post again, but most of it is eye candy.
You may remember I was making a three-ply yarn, so I first had to spin up 3 bobbins of singles, i.e. the plies that make up the yarn:
Maybe someday I'll get a real camera
so I can do real bokeh!
|The bobbins of singles go onto a lazy kate . . .|
|which goes next to the wheel . . .|
|and about an hour later, it's all plied into a full|
bobbin of 3-ply.
(Sorry this one is so fuzzy.)
|Then the yarn is wound off onto a|
niddy-noddy to make a hank.
This is my favorite niddy-noddy.
It's the first one my dad ever made
me, when I first started spinning.
|After it's removed from the niddy-noddy, the yarn gets|
soaked for about a half hour. This sets the twist and
also helps the yarn bloom.
|Then it hangs to dry. And now the hardest|
|I couldn't resist inspecting my work|
every hour or so!
|Finally, the next morning it's mostly dry, and I can|
twist it into a hank.
|I got about 320 yards out of this piece of sliver.|
|And the heathery color mix shows up a lot more|
than I was expecting it to, so I'm happy about that!
|And of course, you've got to admire my|
nails next to it. I did a French mani with
Zoya Purity and Laurie, and then added
some Rococo Gold Leaf topcoat. I feel
strangely conspicuous in a French mani -
I have't done one in probably 15 years!
That hank of yarn took quite a bit of work. Each bobbin of singles took about 2.5 hours, the plying took over an hour, and the finishing took another half hour or so. So, about 9 hours for one hank of yarn, and it's not even wound into a skein yet! Good thing I enjoy spinning!
I think this yarn will become another Wholehearted shawl. I'm not really sure it's enough, but I have at least another pound of this fiber, so I can always spin more if I need to!
And now the reason why I was so anxious to get this off my wheel. Last week when I went to Vogue Fabrics to get buttons for my sweater, I discovered a bin of spinning fiber. Uh-oh! Look what I came home with:
|I got three ounces of this.|
|Ah! Those colors!|
|Be still my beating heart!|
|Look at this cute little curlicue!|
I actually have enough spare bobbins that I could have started this right away, but I was a good girl and finished one project before starting another. But you better believe I'll be starting this today!