Thing-a-Week #47

I returned to spinning this week! Yay!

Thing a Week #47: Handspun

This was spun from a very pretty batt from Becoming Art in the colorway “Spice of Life.” It’s 4.25 oz mixed BFL wool, nylon, milk fiber, and firestar (sparkly!). It came out at 320 yards of roughly sport-weight yarn.

Thing a Week #47: Handspun

It was nice to spin again. It’s been a while.

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Thing-a-Week #36

It’s the return of Thing-a-Week*!

Back in August, for Thing-a-Week #20, my friend Ewenique and I dyed some yarn and fiber, all in the same color: “Screen Door Purple.” (There’s a story behind that name, but I’m not telling!) This week, I finally got around to spinning the fiber.

Handspun

The 8 ounces of Corriedale fiber spun up to about 430 yards of yummy, plummy DK-weight yarn. Not sure what I’ll do with it. It’s not soft enough for next-to-skin wear, but I’m sure it’ll make a nice… something. Any ideas?

Handspun

* I know what you’re thinking. There’s no way I’m up to #36. My last Thing was #23 three months ago. I missed 13 (yes, 13!!) weeks due to work and other busy stuff. I thought about it a lot, and I had two choices: pick up where I left off with #24 and add make-up days to the end, or skip them, plow ahead, and end in March as originally planned. Since it’s a miracle I’ve made it this far, I’m taking the easier route and skipping the 13 Things I missed. Sorry to disappoint, but I’m sure I’ll still come up with some good stuff before I’m done!

Thing-a-Week #17

I finally plied those singles from Things 14 and 16. The result: around 200 yards worsted-weight 2-ply yarn, again Spinning Sisters merino, colorway “Boyfriend.” Feels a little anticlimactic, but some days you gotta take what you can get.

Thing a Week #17: Handspun

The yarn actually turned out a little thicker than I’d anticipated. I spun the singles pretty thin, but they fluffed up considerably after plying and wash. It’s very soft and springy, though!

Thing-a-Week #16

Life continues to be a little hectic, so my Things have been a little smaller in scope lately. This week I spun up the other single I was talking about with Thing #14. Didn’t have time to ply, but that’ll give me something to do next week!

Thing a Week #16: Handspun

Both singles are pictured here so you don’t think I’m just posting the same one from last time. ;)

If you look closely, the one I spun this week, at right, has a longer stripe pattern than the first one. This is because of the way I split the fiber. For the first one, I split it in half-lengthwise, making the roving thinner and resulting in shorter repeats of color. The second was spun from the full thickness of roving, so it takes longer to get through each color, and results in longer color repeats. When plied, it should give a pleasing variation of color in the yarn. This method is sometimes referred to as fractal spinning.

Thing-a-Week #14

I totally ran out of time to finish what I planned to do this week, but I did get a component of it done.

Handspun single, from merino fiber from Spinning sisters, in colorway “Boyfriend.” I’ll spin the other single and ply them hopefully this week.

Thing a Week #14: Handspun

Thing-a-Week #13

Whew. I made it a quarter of the way through my year of things-a-week. Never thought I’d get this far!

I thought it fitting that I actually finish that little neckwarmer project I was working on (Things 3, 4, 5, and 7). The final step was to actually publish the pattern, and I did that today. It’s a free pattern, available for download in PDF format.

Thing a Week #13: Neckwarmer Pattern

Details about the pattern and where to download it are here.

Thing-a-Week #10

I unexpectedly received a rigid heddle loom this week from my awesome husband for an early birthday present, so my Thing this week was pretty much decided for me. This is my first try at a woven scarf with the loom. I’d made one earlier in class, but didn’t get to finish it. This one is full length, 8″ x 65″.

Thing a Week #10: Woven Scarf

I didn’t use my best yarns on it since I knew I’d probably screw a lot up. And I did… the selvage edges are pretty bad and there are a few mistakes where I wasn’t watching my warp. I did use up the yarn I spun for Thing #9 last week, though! That’s on the warp, along with some navy Lion Brand wool. The weft is an old skein of marine blue Candide wool yarn, a little scratchy, but it was good to practice with. I can only get better, right?

Thing-a-Week #9

One really neat thing about Thing-a-Week is that it’s helping me use up my fiber stash. It’s nice when I’m not feeling super creative but still want to produce something.

This week I spun up a batt I bought at Stitches West 2010, from Faerie Mountain Fibers. It’s Corriedale, colorway “Walela.” I was trying to go sort of thin but I still ended up at about a DK when I plied it, probably because it’s got some loft. This is 2 oz, 100 yards:

Thing a Week #9: Handspun

There’s something about it I’m not thrilled with, but I can’t put my finger on it. Might be the color.

Thing-a-Week #7

Back to the neckwarmer thingy. If you remember, I made a ill-fitting prototype for Thing #3, wrote the pattern for Thing #4, and then spun the yarn for it for Thing #5. This week, I actually made it for real.

Thing a Week #7: Neckwarmer

It’s a nice and warm, and actually fits a human neck this time. I just wish I had some better buttons.

Thing-a-Week #5

This one’s a little late. My mom’s in town, and some things just take priority over finishing up a project! Anyway, I finished spinning this yesterday, and had it drying overnight.

Thing a Week #5: Handspun

It’s 80% merino wool, 20% tussah silk, just like Thing #2. The color is “New Moon,” and this one ended up being a little heavier weight than the last one: 93 yards, 4 oz, bulky weight. I intend to use it with the pattern I wrote last week.