Update: after giving my last handspun a break in a drawer for a few weeks, I’m a lot happier with it. I think the issue was mostly an expectation/reality mismatch, where I was hoping the non-orange would sing more than it did. When I go back to it, it’s actually quite a nice heathered orange that I’m sure will knit up really well.
That said, after my last, somewhat disappointing handspun project, I really wanted to use my wheel for something fun to get my spinning energy back into a good place. I wanted to make something that I knew would look pretty, with no plan as to how I was going to spin it, and no rules.
I’m still spending 80% of my time away from home for wok, and I only brought two bumps of stash fiber up with me, so I didn’t have a ton of stash options to work with. I chose to spin up the one that was blue, as this is by far my favourite colour family to work from. This is SweetGeorgia Yarns BFL, in “Coal Harbour.” It started life looking like this.
I used my second-slowest whorl, to spin singles that were a bit fatter (and therefore quicker), and spun the whole thing end to end. The braid that I had was a little shop-worn, and I was worried it’d be compacted, but it ended up drafting beautifully with very minimal coaxing. I chain plied the singles, my favourite way of plying, and had the whole thing finished in a week.
This is about 150m of mostly-consistent worsted weight, which I think would make some totally fabulous mittens. The runs of purple in the light blue are pretty short, so I don’t know that it would self-stripe, but I think it will knit up really nicely and make something excellent and squishy to keep me warm.
This – and getting over being sick – was pretty much exactly what I needed to get my spinning enthusiasm back. I’m planning to embark on another fingering-weight spin soon, in orange (although this time, I’m expecting it to be orange), and I think getting a chance to play on the wheel like this has made me ready to tackle something bigger again.