Yarn Spun

Feb. 22nd, 2017 08:31 am
muninnhuginn: (alien kitty)
Date: 21st Feb 2017
Fibre: Botany waste from WoW
Method: spun on wheel plied from both ends of single on drop spindle
Plies: 2
Weight: 10g
Picture:DSCF1520

Not bad, when I've not touched the wheel since before Christmas. Took a bit of time and I have quite a bundle of failed bits (will stuff a hexipuff with it).
muninnhuginn: (alien kitty)
A spinster. Or, a more mechanised spinster. I'm acquiring a second-hand one of these. Sort of a late 50th birthday present. (Only one day later than today's birthday lunch.)
muninnhuginn: (alien kitty)
Or, what to do with several samples of handspun and not quite enough commercial yarn

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muninnhuginn: (alien kitty)
I've not wanted to knit much recently. Last month, in fact, I achieved only a handful of hexipuffs for the bedspread. Nothing bigger. Nothing finished, but at least nothing else started to add to the looming UFOs.

I was spinning away this evening, wondering what use I'd put this new howspun to, when it suddenly came to me why this is. I only want to knit with yarn I've spun.

So that's understood.
muninnhuginn: (alien kitty)
I've never really bothered with blocking: for sweaters and such a steam with the iron while maing up deems to work well and gloves and hats strect to fit. But lace, that needs a good stretch:
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Looks really huge, but it's actually a neat little wrap for my nekc for under the new winter coat (and possibly the green smart coat too). I'l be on the lookout for a new brooch to fasten it in place. Closeup of the lace pattern (and my yarn):
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muninnhuginn: (alien kitty)
For Tour de Fleece 2016, I created 50g and around 175m of something mostly approaching fingering weight, think slightly skinny sock yarn. However, there are stretches that are thread and some chunkier runs, too. There was one knot, since cut off and the ends spliced during knitting. There were definitely two areas where one strand on the 2-ply broke but the yarn itself remained intact. There are also some patches of overtwistedness where little spikes of highly-twisted thread stick out. They're not much more obtrusive than the odd hair--sheep or added cat--and disappear mostly into the knitted fabric.
I'm giving myself a generous 6/10 for it.
Knitting up, it's like a Shetland yarn, grippy. It's also very forgiving: I've pulled or knit back several rows and it's not broken or tangled and has knit up again quite happily. It's a little splitty in places, but not horrendously so. And the big test, the nupps with the make 5 from one and purl 5 together on the next row, is fine. Possibly the easiest experience I've had with that particular technique.
Maybe 6 1/2 out of ten for the quality of the yarn.
As for the pattern I chose: "Crunchy Leaves". (I called the yarn "Parsnip" so I suppose my project is "Crunchy Parsnip".) It's a long narrow lace scarf with nupps. I worried that the lace and texture would not work with a more than slightly irregular yarn with flecks of colour in it. But, the irregularities are mostly evening out and the nupps and coloured nepps are hamonising nicely with one another. "Crunchy Leaves" is a first for me in that it's a lace pattern with a changing stitch count going from row to row. I've always fought shy of that particular complication. I like my rectangles or regular patterns of increases or decreases. But it's fine. I had, admittedly, worked out the stitch count for each row and I check pretty much every row. The first time it was off, I unpicked a couple of rows until I trusted things to be right and recommenced. The second time, I saw the problem and fixed it on the next row so it doesn't show.
I'm three-and-a-half repeats (of a suggested nineteen) in and the slightly stiff beginnings to the fabric are now loosening of as it develops some length. The lace pattern is clear (if place on a dark background) and it doesn't feel too prickly. Washing and blocking is going to be necessary to produce the wavy-edged shape and soften the fabric a little more.
I have no worries about continuing with this successfully. It's a comfortable yarn to knit with. And a pattern that's crunchy without being too hard. (I happily carried on with it whilst watching "The Secret Agent" on TV, and even Beck where I have to read the subtitles.)
So, fairly soon, I'll have a new scarf for the Autumn. Cue a heatwave? (I bought a new coat on sale in May and the sun cracked the rocks for the next week or more. So I wouldn't be surprised.)
And plans after this? Spinning-wise, more practice. I'd like to produce 100g of something knittable with a more consistent thickness. I want to do this both fingering (or finer) weight and something chunkier. I find thicker harder and scarier. A slow spindle is less trustworthy than a fast one. I'd also like to extend the project: go from fleece (I have some) right through to a knitted up pattern (one I design myself, maybe).
Before that, however, I have a red camisole top to sew up and the lace edgings to knit. I have a shawl to pull back--yet again--and restart. Third time lucky. This time without failing to read the bit that says all wrong side rows are purled. (No, the all-knit rows version is not showing the lace up well enough for me to continue with the error.) This latter project needs tackling soon: I find I can only see what I'm doing with it in very bright natural light, i.e. outdoors in the sunshine. If it's not done by sometime in September I guess I'm putting it away again until next year. (I put it by previously because the elderly white cat pee-ed on the bag and made it all stink. The smell, like the cat, is now gone.)
muninnhuginn: (alien kitty)
Almost every day of the Tour de France, I spun.
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