Just Spinning My Wheel

I’m planning a sweater knit out of handspun [!], and while I seem to like the immediacy of 2-ply, I know a 3-ply is probably better for the sweater. The problem is, I’ve never spun a 3-ply on my wheel.

So I pulled out 210g of merino roving in vermillion (a very accurate description of the red-orange color) from handpaintedyarn.com (yes, the Malabrigo people) and got to spinning.

predrafted 75g of merino
75g predrafted
two bobbins done
two bobbins done

So far, so good. I’ve been testing the thickness throughout the process to see how it will work as a 3-ply and it seems like it will work out and be about a worsted weight (my goal). I’m about 1/3 of the way through the final bobbin now, so I hope to finish the plying sometime this week.

A Fiberlicious treat:

mmm. I could really use a martini right now, too


6 Comments so far

  1. Julie on July 8th, 2007

    You spin beautifully, or at least make beautiful bobbins of yarn… keep them safe if I ever get near you. I know, I said that before but I still mean it. ;o)

  2. stacey on July 9th, 2007

    what an amazing color – that will make one beautiful sweater!

  3. Dave Daniels on July 9th, 2007

    Your basket of pre-drafted looks wonderful. I really think THAT is the most important step for spinning is the preparation. It’s time well-spent.

  4. Rae on July 9th, 2007

    That is a very beautiful color I am sure it will make a great sweater and a martini does sounds good lol

  5. Jayme on July 10th, 2007

    I hate to be a spoil sport but is 210 grams enough for a sweater? I’ve yet to spin for a sweater but I’ve always heard (and bought fiber accordingly) that you needed 1.5-2 pounds of fiber for a sweater. Granted that will vary based on grist of the yarn, cut of the sweater etc but 210g is less that half a pound? I hope I’m missing something because that fiber would make a gorgeous sweater.

  6. Holly Jo on July 13th, 2007

    Will you Navajo ply? I also have the same question about the amount of fiber – I don’t have any idea how much fiber goes into a sweater.