Friday, February 20, 2009

Handspun Friday - Berry Pie

I've been wanting to knit another pair of hand knit socks, so I've been spinning three ply again. I love how this yarn turned out, but I don't think I really have enough yardage for a pair of socks, unless they are footies. So I'm not sure what I'll do with this yet.

This was the first time I've tried fiber from Bee Mice Elf on Etsy. The fiber was very nice and I loved the colors she used in dying the fiber. I'd definitely order from her again.

I got less yardage than I anticipated, so I decided to weight the finished yarn. I didn't think of weighing the fiber before spinning, but I don't see how spinning would change the actual weight. The weight of the finished yarn was less than the advertised weight of the fiber. I don't think that is necessarily a problem, but it is something I'm going to track. I have heard the fiber weighs less after the dying process. So it is possible the difference in weight occurred then.

I'm not singling this vendor out about fiber weight at all, but I think it will be worth it to check the weights in the future. It might help me anticipate yardage for future spinning projects better.

Geddesburg Handspun Yarn

Fiber: Bee Mice Elf
Content: Superwash Merino
Fiber: combed top
Weight: 3.9 ounces (advertised) / 3.75 ounces (finished yarn)
Yardage: 216 yard
WPI: 16 wraps per inch
Spinning Style: worsted
Spinning Ratio: 10 to 1
Plying Ratio: 10to 1
Notes: 3 ply


Monika said...

The yarn is gorgoues. This time it's not even a big surprise how it turned out. It stayed true to the colores in the fiber, you still can see all of them. Good tip about weighing the fiber before and after. I'll keep an eye on that too.

Dave said...

It looks wonderful -- I love 3-ply. :-)

At 216 yards, would another 0.15 oz have given you enough for socks? I think it would fantastic with contrasting cuff/heel/toe, and maybe some stripes.

Zonda said...

Oh yum!!

Jen said...

Very nice, really lustrous colors.

mom said...

The color is really nice. It's a good idea about using another color for heels, toe and/or stripes. Footies for your weather down there would also be good. You would probably wear them fairly often.

Susie said...

Stunning! Breathtaking! This is so incredibly's going to make amazing socks. But how can you give up petting it?

IrishgirlieKnits said...

Gorgeous!! Hope you can make a gorgeous pair of socks out of that!

Jewel said...

Great tip! It would make great socks.

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