Spinning and More Spinning

I’m not sure what motivated me to “get ta spinnin’.” Maybe it was Kelly’s (Kelp! Knits) recent spinning on the wheel she’s borrowing. Or maybe it was Noricum (Soapbox) spindle spinning while staying out of town. Or maybe it was the posts in the Hello Yarn groups on flickr (Hello Yarn Fiber Club pool, Hello Yarn stuff pool). Or maybe the most recent copy of Spin-Off sliding through the mail slot on my door. Probably all of the above!

On Saturday I finished up the first 4oz of my Hello Yarn Superwash Merino in Big Top. It is mostly sportweight, 2 ply and 93g. I have a bit more left on one of the singles bobbins — I didn’t separate the fiber weight out so well pre-spinning.

big top superwash merino (2 4oz braids)
from this
big top superwash merino
to this

I spun the first single up as Adrian painted it. For the second single I separated the fiber into colors and spun up the colors separately. This should result in a striping sequence and hopefully not mud.

After this, I was still on a spinning kick, so I went though the two boxes of fiber stash and ended up going back to my May Hello Yarn Fiber Club package. Given that the June package should be here this week, I thought it might be nice to spin May up before June arrived.

I decided I would try to get a worsted weight (not worsted spun) yarn out of it and I pre-drafted to that point. I separated the fiber into large sections. I spun up both singles on Sunday and started plying on Sunday — amazingly fast for the likes of me, but I was having a RSI flare-up and couldn’t do any of my normal Sunday house cleaning or yard work or knitting.

cricket bfl
from this…
cricket bfl 2 ply
to this

2 ply, 134g, sport to heavy worsted weight.

Obviously it’s not very consistent. I have a lot of problem spinning heavier weight yarn — I can’t keep it the same thickness throughout, no matter the amount of pre-drafting I do. That said, this is probably the best I’ve done with a heavier-than-sport-weight yarn yet and I am very happy with how it turned out. So much so that I decided that a very simple 1×1 scarf would showcase the yarn best and I immediately cast on!

handspun scarf
handspun scarf

I generally don’t enjoy knitting scarves. Rectangles are boring, you see! However, I do love wearing scarves. And in the case of this scarf, I’m enjoying knitting with my own handspun, watching the colors transition in the knit fabric, and exclaiming (in my head), “woo hoo, I spun this!”

15 Comments so far

  1. yarnsnob on June 5th, 2007

    oh I think you’re spinning is fab!!! I also bought a spindle, don’t know why but its been looking at me to everyday but don’t know where to start!!

  2. Marlena on June 5th, 2007

    I like both yarns, but the second one is especially nice. I love those colors!

  3. Sara on June 6th, 2007

    Oh wow! I love the bluey-purpley yarn!

  4. stacey on June 6th, 2007

    those are beautiful!!!!! A scarf is perfect for it – show off your hard work!

  5. Moni on June 6th, 2007

    I’ve been on a spinning binge the past few days, too :). That looks beautiful!

  6. Right Out Loud on June 6th, 2007

    The handspuns are absolutely beautiful! And kudos to you for knitting your own yarns, how gratifing that must be.

  7. Brianna on June 6th, 2007

    Sooo beautiful… Loving the colors. How do I get some???

  8. Andrea on June 6th, 2007

    Prettyprettyfiber! Prettypretty yarn! Prettyprettypretty!

  9. Holly Jo on June 6th, 2007

    Very pretty! Love the superwash.

    I have been on a spinning kick too. Waiting for roving. Maybe it is a warmer weather thing? :)

  10. Julie on June 7th, 2007

    Seriously lovely stuff!! Someday I’m going to have to give it a try, that’s too pretty to resist.

  11. kelp! on June 8th, 2007

    That Hello Yarn big top? I want that.

  12. Leah Adams on June 11th, 2007

    That skein of blue/green/purple Big Top is fab-u-lous. Love, love, love the colors. Beauti-ful!

  13. [...] This all started with the spinning, discussed here. I spun it up quickly — the BFL was so soft and well-prepared — and I was spinning a thicker yarn than I normally do. [...]

  14. the fiber fetishist » Singles on July 14th, 2007

    [...] This is superwash merino I ordered from Adrian at Hello Yarn about a year ago. I finally spun up 4 ounces of the 8 I have about a month and a half ago. I was initially going to knit fingerless gloves with it, but I accidentally cast on a few too many stitches and turned it into a sock instead. [...]

  15. [...] Superwash merino dyed by Adrian over at Hello Yarn (colorway: Big Top). 2 ply, mostly sportweight [read about the spinning here]. Knit on US3 Knit Picks 32″ circular — magic loop. [...]