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Spin Away

Every so often I do still haul out the wheel and spin something. I’m trying to get into the hang of spinning on a more regular basis.


I pulled out some of my stash of English Angora rabbit fiber (from my chestnut doe Deirdre) and started working on a very fine single. Eventually, I will make it into a 2-ply and maybe enter it at the ARBA Convention. I’m being harassed pretty regularly about that kind of thing.



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Sometimes I Still Spin


We had our monthly spin night and a few spinners managed to make it out. Jain was there with her amazing wheel.


Rachel was showing off some handspun.


Terrie was talking about twist and spinning.


And I managed to spin a little bit. It looks like there is a goodly amount plied on this bobbin. Now, what to make with it?

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Summer Spinning

I always try to spin at least one skein for the State Fair. Sometimes that spinning happens the week before. Ok, usually it happens the week before. True to form, I spun two skeins to enter. The first is a single ply merino silk of 3.5 oz. and 500 yards. I also have a small 50 yard skein of this. Why two skeins you ask? Well, the yarn broke just before I finished winding it all.


The second skein was this nice merino/targhee/rambouillet blend in lovely purples and greens.  My spinning wasn’t as even as I hoped on this and I had a few spots where more fiber escaped my hands than I meant.  So I have a few slubs in my singles which caused some uneven plying.  I have about 4 oz. of this total in a nice 2-ply.  I think my yardage was somewhere around 450 yards total.  I had 3 skeins of 2-ply from my singles.  Unevenness aside, I will still make this into something lovely eventually.


A Little Spinning Thrown In

I was scrambling to finish some projects to take to State Fair and was spinning frantically.  I had originally planned a two-ply with a solid and a variegated yarn.  After I really considered the look, I decided to chain ply the yarns instead.  I have a plan for this yarn which I will reveal at some point on the blog.

This is the first skein of several that will go together.


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Lovely Handspun Scarf


I knew I wanted to knit something else for a bit. Not that the socks haven’t been fun, I’m enjoying them immensely, but I wanted another little project. I had pulled the handspun yarn out sometime near July 4th. I was getting itchy with all of the things I had finished for State Fair and wanted to make something new. I resisted at the time, but pulled it out two weeks ago and started fishing for patterns. Of course, with the highly variegated nature of the yarn, nothing looked right. At least, not until I fell back on my old friend, seed stitch.

I love how it came out: the subtle variegation, the somewhat stripe effect, the softness, the drape. I just love the scarf. I love it.


Yarn: Handspun by me from The Dyeing Goblin Arts 2-Ply in Goblin Seas, approx. 170 yards

Needles: US 6 Hiya Hiya DPNs

Pattern: plain old seed stitch, cast on 25 stitches, *K1, P1,* repeat from * to * to end of row, K1, repeat pattern every row

Handspun Holden Shawlette

The Holden Shawlette is a very quick little knit with an interesting pattern construction. Two of the pattern rows are decreases, then the third pattern row has the yo increases. While it was a quick shawl, and it does show off my handspun nicely, I’m not sure that I would knit it again. The pattern photos on ravelry made it look much more lacy than the finished project.

I also would have changed the lace pattern had I realized that the construction included 4 more stitches than needed; these stitches framed the center repeat. Inevitably, I would miss knitting that stitch in pattern and have to tink back to correct it. Not my idea of a fun “detail” in a shawl.



Pattern: Holden Shawlette
Yarn: Handspun from Zero Etsy’s Nymph Batts, approx. 470 yards
Needle: US 5 Hiya Hiya Interchangeable
Modifications: Knit 8 more rows than called to use more yarn and omitted the picot bind off.


Plus Some Spinning

A “Pippi Knee Socks”  bat that I won in one of Jessalu’s contests some time ago has finally been turned into some 2-ply goodness.  I’m thinking either socks or a shawl with this falkland wool skein.  There should be more than enough yarn at 440 yards and 4 oz.


The color is “Her Name Was Rio” and I must admit, I don’t understand the reference.  So, some google-fu may be in my future.