Friday, October 03, 2008

Fiber Friday -Poison

I've been spinning again and I went for another 3-ply yarn. I really have enjoyed knitting with my handspun 3-ply, so another seemed in order. I think this skein is destined to become another pair of socks.

I really haven't been trying anything new with my spinning. I've reached a comfortable place with my spinning and I enjoy knitting with the yarn I spin. So that has led to a rut of sorts for trying new things.

I've wanted to try and post some spinning tips or describe some of the methods I use for spinning and plying. But I haven't set aside anytime to take photos while I'm spinning. I also wonder what you want to see posted with the photos of my handspun. Maybe the photos by themselves is enough. So what do you think, is something missing from these posts?

I'm going to a fiber festival (SAFF) at the end of October and have signed up for a a couple spinning classes and a class about hand painted rovings. I'm looking forward to the classes and maybe it will give me some new things to share here too.

Geddesburg Handspun Yarn

Fiber Content: Super wash Merino
Fiber Source: Pigeonroof Studios
Color: Poison
Weight: 4.2 ounces
Yardage: 250 yards
WPI: 13-14 wraps per inch (average)
Spinning Style: worsted
Spinning Ratio: 10 to 1
Plying Ratio: 10 to 1
Notes: 3-ply


bockstark.knits said...

yum yum yum!!! i heart 3plys!!!

Dave said...

Mmmmm, that's gorgeous. Love the tight twist and the way the colours swirl around.

I'm very new to spinning (just using a spindle) and I still have difficulty judging how much twist to put in. I really like the way this looks, and my goal is three ply for socks. I'd love to see a shot of your single just dangling and looping around itself, so I can judge the twist, and the same for the yarn once plied and before it's set. Any and all tips are greatly appreciated!

mom said...

another wonderful color! I really like the socks that you gave me that were made out of your hand spun. I think its my favorite pair of handmade socks.

Monika said...

Gorgeous yarn! Love the color. I'm O.K. as it is, on how you present your yarns, but I'm always happy to get more information. I've learned spinning from pictures on the internet and in books, so yeah, would be nice to see how you do things. I'm hopeing for you to learn something in your spinning classes etc. that you could share here, so I can learn something new too. :o)

Annalea said...

Here's another vote for photos of singles. I was just thinking on the bobbin, for color comparison, but dave's suggestion for hanging singles is even better.

I would also love to see a more detailed "How I Spin" series, from when you pick the fiber from your stash to finished yarn. You could spread that out over three or four posts, at least. ;o)

Beautiful yarn, again!

Anonymous said...

You do such an incredible job spinning; I'd love to see more of how you get there. I agree with both Dave and Anaalea; photos of singles and plyed yarn hanging and any other tips you want to provide.

Zonda said...

Just gorgeous!!!

Bezzie said...

Mmm...pretty. I do enjoy your tips. You cyber taught me how to join fiber w/out getting that annoying slub where the pieces connect!

Rasa said...

I'm not a spinner...but I do love yarn...the color you have created is lovely!

Esoteric Knitter said...

Another beauty! Can't wait to see them as socks! I've picked up the spinning bug. No actual wheel yet, just playing with a drop spindle for now, but yup, looks like I'm addicted. I keep looking for pretty rovings. lol.

Have fun at the festival!

Deb said...

I just want the cookies in your banner photo!! But I really come for the gorgeous spinning photos - of the raw stuff, the finished product, the knitted stuff - all of it is so great!

Karen said...

Beautiful! I love 3 ply handspun. Usually I am lazy though and do 2 ply.

jackie said...

wow that's gorgeous! you are getting so good at this, shannon.