post-tour thoughts

So the Tour has come and gone, but while it was around I got some pretty good spinning done.

Indigodragonfly Club Falkland

Into The Whirled

TDF Captain Tightpants

ITW June Club -

I spun one braid of Indigodragonfly fiber (the blue-and-grey skein in the top photo), and three braids from my ITW stash. The colourways were, in order: “Eureka” on BFL, “Captain Tightpants” on BFL, and “Andraste” on English Shetland.

The two BFL braids I worked on spinning for The Holy Grail – that is, a 3-ply sock yarn. I’ve been out of practice spinning very fine yarns, and while I find my way back into the groove, I’m spinning a lot of very high quality, even sport-weight.

My Captain Tightpants spin was the closest I’ve come in a while – it’s around a 16 wpi yarn (commercial sock yarns tend to come out at around 18 WPI), but the yardage was fairly unimpressive at only 280yd. I’m happy with how I spun it, in terms of the way the colours move and the quality of the yarn, but it may end up being not-socks instead.

The yarn that I ended up being the happiest with was my last braid, the Andraste on Shetland. I really wasn’t sure how to spin this – the Shetland was very poofy but coarse, and I couldn’t imagine using it for anything intended for next-to-skin wear. I decided to spin it as a two-ply, hoping for something close to a DK weight so that I could make mittens (which I could always line with something softer, if I needed.) I ended up with a really great, poofy DK weight with enough yardage for mittens, and sort-of-almost lined up the colours in my spinning. This will end up striping when it’s knit up, and I’m looking forward to that.

TDF Day 13

I don’t know what the overall lesson here is, other than knowing that I’m still finding the balance between spinning intentionally and spinning intuitively. I’ve got a good sense of how to use my wheel to make yarn, and I’m pretty good at controlling the size of my singles and keeping them consistent. I’m still finding, though, that it’s the yarns where I really want them to be something that turn out not-quite-right, and the yarns I spend less time fretting about that end up as lovely surprises. I’ll have to think about this in the context of one of my longer-term spinning goals – to try spinning for another sweater quantity, someday.

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    weekend knitter 16 November, 2015

    Yeah, I don’t think I’ve ever spun to a specification yet. I spin and put the skein away. Then, I find a project and think, “I have something that would work for that!” How methodical am I, right? :) But, it looks like you have some lofty goals there. I love that you have the forethought in regards to which fibers will work for which garments when spun and to spin with those garments in mind. To me, that is just as intentional and important as spinning to a wpi. I understand the need for balance between wpi, the yardage you want, and the texture you’re trying to achieve when you have an end project in mind. But, sometimes, I think matching the knowledge of the fiber to the intended garment is even more important than the rest. That’s probably a personal thing. But, I’d hate to have a scarf with the handspun the correct wpi and striping just so but irritates the mess out of my neck, or pills like crazy…or socks with heels that don’t withstand wear and tear well because I used a fiber that has little strength, you know? All that work for a garment that doesn’t hold up kind of bites, lol. I think you’re balancing act is right on.

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