Sample Spinning

This is another “new” process that I normally don’t do. I spun and plied up a sample of the Hello Yarn superwash merino I prepped yesterday.

quickie sample
just a quick sample

I spun and plied this sample in about 20 minutes. I was tinkering with takeup, drafting techniques, spin introduced, and plying.

I think I will go for a 2-ply. Much of this is the target weight/wpi.

What did I learn? I need to add a little more spin into the singles so that I can ply it the way I would like to. That’s why this sample isn’t balanced. I never thought I was introducing too little spin into my singles — I used to have the opposite problem. I guess I overcorrected! I’ll work on that.

[note: the really fuzzy unspun bits are the ends of the single.]

The other major goal of the sample was for me to see how the colors look with my preparation. Are they muddy? Do they run together? Does it look ridiculous as a 2-ply? I’m still on the fence with this, though I don’t think they are too muddy. I will reserve judgment until I knit this up.

I also asked DH about the colors, forgetting that DH hates multi-colored yarns. DH, “why can’t you make some yarn that is just ONE color? Like black?”

Harumph. Why not?! Because these colors are just too much fun to spin!

5 Comments so far

  1. stacey on May 11th, 2007

    I love it! it’s almost barberpole like!

  2. Julie on May 11th, 2007

    Sorry Jess’ DH – that’s darn pretty yarn and you’d best learn to like it. I don’t think black will be on the agenda any time soon with pretty merino like that! Gorgeous job Jess!

  3. E on May 11th, 2007

    I second the DH. Why don’t you make some one color .. like black!

  4. kristina on May 11th, 2007

    SO pretty! I so want to be able to make pretty yarn…

  5. Dipsy D. on May 14th, 2007

    How very pretty this is!