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It’s an oldie – here’s Cricket!
The skein on the left was spun in May/June, the one on the right, September. I didn’t spin for several months over the summer while working on some deadline knitting, and when I started up again, something had clicked, and my spinning was more even and thinner. Craziness. It’s perpetually underspun, though. I’m working on that.
Wow, I am so delinquent.
Anyway, I finally have pictures to share of my first two fiber club yarns (yay!).
First, May’s fiber… I just have to say that I love, love, love BFL. I think it’s probably my favorite to spin. Anyway, I decided to spin Cricket into singles, it’s a nice, shiny yarn and I can’t wait to knit with it. I just need to decide what to make. It’s about 127 yds heavy worsted weight:
And June’s fiber, Thistle… such an incredibly soft Merino! Wow. I spent a lot of time predrafting this one and it was totally worth it. I think this might be one of my favorite yarns I’ve spun, I love it to bits. It’s 166 yds of 2ply chunky/bulky weight goodness:
Now I just have to catch up on the rest!
I finally finished spinning my Cricket. The soothing, sublime colors of this wool were a delight to have running through my fingers. I think this is the first fiber that I haven’t raced through, impatient to see the end product–and I can see the improvement in my spinning because of it.
Mine seems so much more green than the other versions of Cricket. I’m not complaining, oh no, I LURVE it. I ended up with 297 yards of heavy worsted weight (11 wpi). I split the roving lengthwise, then drafted the first half and spun it onto one bobbin for lengthy stretches of color. I split the other half into four sections which I spun end to end on another bobbin. I was trying for muted, long stripes. I can’t wait to knit it and see if it worked.
I guess it’s safe to post pictures, so here’s mine. (My Mother’s Day gift was some child-free spinning time.) I so love the colors.
I spun it fine with lots of twist for durability. I’m planning knee-high socks. This is around 550 yards.
More pics and details on my blog.
I finished plying my Cricket roving last night, here ’tis:
I had some Wensleydale that I dyed various shades of green and when I put the bobbins together, the colors went so well together that I ended up making a three ply! Doing so ate the yardage, but I’m so happy with the finished yarn that I’m sure I’ll find something suitable for the 150 yards I ended up with. More pictures are on my blog.
These colors are great, Adrian, thanks for a fabulous dye job and a great club!
The whole of the fiber club has been shipped, with international orders going out Monday and US orders yesterday. Those who live close to me could have their fiber today, with orders outside the US arriving as late as the beginning of next week. US orders shipped USPS Priority and the non-US went Global Priority.
Every month, I will spin a sample of the fiber to show how it can look when spun up in at least one way. I hope some of you will post photos of the fiber spun up in different ways. This will be especially helpful to newer spinners, who will benefit from seeing how the colors can change/be manipulated with spinning method. I also hope you will show us photos of your finished yarn and projects, and suggest patterns that worked well for you.
I don’t want to risk spoiling the surprise by showing the fiber/yarn until I’m fairly certain everyone’s received their fiber, so today I’ve provided the photo in a clickable popup.
I spun my sample as a worsted weight 2 ply. My goodness, but this fiber is shimmery! The sample is light so light and airy and soft and squishy. I split the combed top lengthwise into finger-wide sections and spun from the end worsted style, smoothing as I went along. I spun it with a soft twist, however, so the yarn is very light and airy.
If you’re so inclined, this fiber would make great socks. You’ll have more than enough fiber to make a pair of socks using worsted weight and handspun sock pattern.
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I so look forward to hearing from you about your fiber! I hope you enjoy it.
– Adrian from Hello Yarn