I’ve been experimenting with different types of fiber preparation and yesterday these amazing rolags showed up in the mail. I’ve never spun from a rolag before, but I can’t wait to see how it turns out. I’m thinking self striping sock yarn, if I’m lucky enough.
I finally finished spinning up this amazing 100% corriedale fiber – and now it’s ready for plying. I’m trying to reach myself Navajo plying so I can do a 3ply, but it’s slow, so I might spin the rest of my galaxy braid in the meantime (that one will also be a 3ply but I have lots of that fiber).
Sometimes it’s hard to see how we’ve progressed over time when it comes to particular hobbies. I know when I started spinning I felt pretty hopeless. I would browse over Instagram and see all the beautiful skeins and wish mine could look like that.
Now that I’ve arranged my pictures together I can certainly see how far I’ve come in the last 4 months, and it’s something I’m very proud of.
100% corriedale wool that I’ve separated into large chunks of colours to spin. I’m working on the yellow/orange first and then I’ll swap to the red/orange.
I can’t wait to start my next spinning project. It’s a blend of fibers, and a LOT of sparkle. LOOK AT THE SPARKLE!
This week has been especially stressful for a number of reasons, so I treated myself to three skeins of fiber that should arrive in a few weeks. The first is the one pictured above, from ThreeRiverFarm and I’m very excited about it. I also ordered the following two:
As long as you’ve got a little money set aside, I don’t see any issue with retail therapy, in conjunction with working hard in life. I’m not talking about taking your last $10 and gambling it away, but setting some aside each money to play with on your hobbies to help you relax can be quite nice, and I think it’s important that not every hour of every day be filled with work.
I’m especially excited about the rolags because I’ve never spun with that sort of prep before and it should be an interesting learning experience. I am hoping to get some really neat striping yarns for socks from it but we’ll have to see how that works out in action.
I finished spinning my 4oz of 100% llama, and I have to say it is just so incredibly lovely. It was prepared amazingly and I had no issues drafting even though I’ve had it stashed away for a few years. I managed to get fingering/DK weight I think for most of it, there might be a few sections that are closer to worsted. I’m working on consistency and spinning fingering weight because that’s what I use most of. This process is one that will come with time and practice. Like any new skill that you’re learning. I’ve been spinning for just shy of three months and some of the people I admire most on instagram have been spinning for 20+ years. I’m hoping that by the time I’ve been spinning for a year I’ll be able to see a noticeable improvement in my yarn.
For now I’m pretty happy doing what I do. The yarn is still fantastic to use, it’s just a bit uneven in places and I need to keep practicing practicing practicing..
I’ve been having a great time spinning the merino/nylon blend that I got on sale from knitpicks, but I wanted a break and I love trying to spin new fibers. I settled on a 100% llama braid that I got as a gift a few years back.
The staple length is quite long, but the fiber is VERY slippery. I’m spinning it pretty thin, hoping for a fingering weight once it’s finished. I have 4oz total, so I split it into 2oz sections, and then split those sections just slightly to ease my spinning because this fiber sheds unlike any fiber I’ve ever used before. The first day I tried spinning it I felt like I owned a white long haired cat, I was completely covered from head to toe. Now I spin this stuff on the balcony, otherwise it gets EVERYWHERE. Somehow it even managed to get around my kids sippy cup.
Despite the annoying shed factor the fiber is luxurious and absolutely beautiful. I’m having no issues drafting or spinning it thin, I’m spinning from the fold, off the tip, which seems to be my preferred method of spinning. The end product is a very strong very soft yarn with a slight halo (less than mohair, but still a cloud that’s noticeable). I have NO idea what I’ll knit with this. Maybe more gloves?
One of the most important things that I try to do to better myself as a person and as I age, is to keep learning. Whether it’s a new hobby, skills in an old hobby, or just some random whim, I never begrudge myself the ability to pick up a new skill – even if lessons end up never utilized and I find out I don’t exactly enjoy that new found ability. Make sense?
I think it’s important to keep challenging myself. Keep learning and educating myself. That’s why I’m so incredibly proud of the skein of yarn pictured above. I’m learning to spin on a spinning wheel and this is the first skein from start to finish that I actually feel quite proud of. It’s not perfect, it’s not the weight I wanted, there are lumps and bumps – but I can see progress. I can see where I started at and where my skill is 2 months later. I have 20 more braids of this same fiber, and I can’t wait to see how with practice I improve. Hopefully a year from now I’m able to spin sock weight yarn from fiber with relative ease. We’ll just have to see!
Well, that’s the end of Tour de Fleece. I didn’t meet all of my goals, but I did get quite a bit done. My goals were:
- Spin every day (done)
- Spin 100g (done)
- Spin a sweaters worth (incomplete)
I ended up spinning merino/silk 4oz (brown), wool of the Andes 4oz (red), rambouillet 4oz (white), merino/nylon 8oz (on the bobbins), and corridale dyed with kool-aid 2oz (drop spindle). I’m really glad I participated, and I can’t wait to see how my spinning gets better over the year, and then participate again next year as a novice instead of a beginner.