Dear Teyani and Klaus at Crown Mountain Farms

Thank you for creating the softest, best-prepared superwash fiber I have touched. I constantly found myself wondering if the Sock Hop Roving is really superwash merino! It is so enjoyable to spin, and such a great value!

If you’re a spinner, go buy some! $17 for 8 oz of handpainted superwash merino is a great deal and they have great customer service.

Back in July/August I read about Cara’s Sock Hop socks (also her knee-highs-in-progress), Yahaira’s Sock Hop Socks, and Theresa’s spun up Sloopy — it was enough to make me order 3 more bobbins for Lenny (I was holding off, considering a WooLee Winder, but eventually just opted to order Lendrum bobbins instead).

I ordered 8 oz of Great Balls of Fire and 8 oz of Moondance. I started with Great Balls of Fire.

great balls of fire superwash merino
great balls of fire superwash merino

It took me approximately one million years to spin the full 8 oz, but it was the most enjoyable fiber I have spun yet.

spun and wound
spun and wound into a cake for knitting

Last Sunday I finished spinning and plying it. I could not wait to start a sock with it, so I did so the very same night.

handspun sock
handspun sock

That’s some powerful fiber!


I did have some left over. I got a little excited while winding the plied yarn off into a hank and I broke it (oops). I also apparently spun the first bobbin worth a little thicker than the second, and I still have quite a bit of thin single left on the second bobbin. I will probably Andean ply it and use it for something small.

I am overall happy with my singles spinning, though I really could have been more consistent. I am getting better.

My plying is not very good, frankly. It should be a bit tighter in spots, but I had some issues since my first bobbin of singles was slightly thicker than my second bobbin. My second bobbin was also much more consistent. I think part of this was that the first bobbin was spun up in August, and the second not until January/February!

Also, the first bobbin I spun mostly from the fold, which blended the colors within the single a lot more than I wanted (I realized this while spinning but I enjoy spinning from the fold so I kept on). The second bobbin I spun more closely to how the roving was dyed and it looks much closer to how I wanted it to look. This is why the resultant fabric is not striping nearly as much as the sock hop yarn you can buy at Crown Mountain Farms. I still like the way it looks, however (phew!).

I am proud that I finished a spinning project and that I am going to get exactly what I want out of it – funky handspun socks! I am almost to the heel on the first one. This yarn is just as addictive to knit up as the fiber was to spin.

Now I need to figure out what the next spinning project is. Either the Moondance sock hop roving, Big Top roving from Adrian over at Hello Yarn, or possibly a poof from Grafton Fibers!

10 Comments so far

  1. Dave Daniels on February 24th, 2007

    That’s some beautiful stuff. I’ve never tried (yet) to spin superwash. Sounds like it’s great. And your spinning looks consistent from here. (I know, we can see it close up.) That’s the love of handspun yarn.

  2. Holly Jo on February 24th, 2007

    Ooh. Handspun socks. It looks soooo good. The colors are great. I will definitely check out some of the places you linked to. :)

  3. Julie on February 24th, 2007

    It IS beautiful Jess, just beautiful.

  4. Kristina on February 24th, 2007

    I love the Moondance – actually I love all the names they have for that roving! I was singing along as I looked at each colorway. Great job on your spinner. I have dreams of “maybe someday”, but definitely not for a long time. I need lessons, for sure.

  5. Jennifer on February 24th, 2007

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!

  6. Gina on February 25th, 2007

    Wow – what a beautiful sock. But you spinners are a mystry to me. So much work!!!

  7. Michelle in Colorado Springs on February 25th, 2007

    The roving looks like Koy fish.

  8. the fiber fetishist » Crazy for You on February 25th, 2007

    [...] In between working on Celtic Dreams, I have been working on my first sock from my Great Balls of Fire handspun. [...]

  9. stacey on February 26th, 2007

    that is some beautiful roving! they do wonderful dying over there – she is a genius! good for you for spinning, plying and knitting!!!!

  10. Teyani on February 28th, 2007

    ***blush*** thank you so much for your lovely kind words.
    Your spinning look great! and we are delighted to know that you are enjoying our fiber. We have it specially processed at a mill to obtain the soft consistency that you have in your fingers (smile). So glad that you are pleased – that brings us the most joy of all!