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8. February 2015 17:54
by Jobo
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Spinning and a Plying Ball

8. February 2015 17:54 by Jobo | 8 Comments

I've been struggling for the past week with another bout of lack of sleep... to the point of not really being able to see straight, let alone follow a pattern or count things.  lol.  Yes, that tired.  childrenpleasegtfts.

When I'm exhausted... spinning is my go-to activity.  It's repetitive, methodical, and best of all... NO counting or keeping track of anything.  Just grab a handful of fiber and draft, flick, draft, flick, wind, repeat.  It's soothing even to type it out.

I've been working on my Fat Cat Knits "Dragonfly" Gradient on Merino and it is coming along famously.  I bought 6 oz... and separated it out to make a nice fine 2-ply running from deep plummy purple through a robin egg shade of blue, into teal, and finally lime green.  (you can read more about it here)

The fiber was divided into 4 portions (2 identical pieces of purple/blue and 2 identical pieces of teal/lime) and I've completed the spinning of both the purple/blue ones - so I wound a plying ball the other night.  To give you an idea of the fineness of the singles... It took more than two hours to hand wind the ball from the full spindle cops.  I forgot to photograph the full spindles, but here is the pretty ball:

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I'm hoping there will be enough yards of thread to make a really large stole or shawl.  Ideally I'd like to make a big round something, or maybe a big rectangle wrap.  With the gradient, it will be necessary to stick to a shape that will highlight the progression... but choosing the path will be part of the fun, as it always is.

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Here is the lime green portion getting a good start... the spindle is a Grizzly Mountain Arts Bead... and the bowl is a nice shallow wooden Thai dipping sauce bowl :)  I am hoping to try and spin at least a few handfuls of fiber each day... even on the days I am really tired out.  The spinning seems to help.  Also - Chocolate and Coffee.  Forever.

4. November 2014 10:32
by Jobo
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Freeform Lace... with Handspun of Course!

4. November 2014 10:32 by Jobo | 0 Comments

 

I recently acquired a few new spindles... some Phil Powell Russians!  They are a delightful spin - very well crafted, and a very nice long twirl.  He makes a bunch of different types of spindles... which you see a selection of here:  Metal tipped, Swarovsky Crystal tipped, and Gemstone tipped (shown here in Rose Quartz).  His Etsy shop is often sold out, but he's willing to take custom orders, so if you like this sort of thing, please do email him!  That's how I ended up with the two gem Russians :)  Ask and Ye shall be Enabled!

So I suppose you're wondering what they're sitting on?  Well you can't have new spindles and not test them out... no Sir.  That's just wrong.

The Fiber

I was gifted a small batt in a swap some time ago that I thought would be an excellent test floof.  I can't find any "before" photos of it though.  Woops!  (sleep deprivation MUCH?) But I do know it's details!  It's a 20 gram sample Batt "Wine and Roses" from a Nunoco Smorgasbox (photo stolen from Etsy!).  While not very large... it was just right for goofing around with.  I loved using these spindles, and I can't wait to do some more with them!  The batt was basically a gradient from light pink through to burgundy.

 

The Yarn

- I decided to spin the batt fine, moving from one color to the next in a long gradual gradient, and then chain ply it to finish up. 

- I ended up with something between lace weight and fingering... mostly closer to laceweight. 

- Final guesses on Yardage:  125 yards

Design

- so what does one actually DO with 125 yards of very light fingering weight yarn?

- I decided to just cast on and play with some lace, with no real pattern or plan. 

- I knit a strip of Shetland inspired border, then flipped it 90 degrees and picked up stitches along the side.  I worked in a waffle type eyelet stitch for a while, and flipped it again.  I worked some freeform picots around the edge, and ended up with a long lace rectangle. 

- My plan is to stitch the ends together and make a loop neck warmer. 

- It might be ugly... I'm not sure what it will look like exactly until I do it and try it on. It's made of buttery soft merino wool, and it's handspun lace.  So I'll probably wear it regardless of whether it's ugly or not!

Shetland inspired points...

Closeup of waffle, insertion, and picots...

Long view... showing Gradient.

Finished Neckwarmer... to be continued!  (If and when my children ever sleep... which may be NEVER! lol)

26. March 2012 12:59
by Jobo
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Silk and Satin ? Calculations...

26. March 2012 12:59 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Ever since learning about the fine wonderful lace of Estonia, Orenburg, and Shetland... I have been dreaming of spinning a truly cobwebby and fine yarn to knit something as authentic as possible.  These yarns are so fine, froghair fine, intimidatingly fine...

Silk and Satin Angora compare with knitpicks lace

My latest yarn is actually not that far off of being fine enough to try ? ack!

To give you an idea... here is my 2 ply yarn compared with a skein of Knit Picks Lace yarn ?>

Their skein is 440 yards per 50 grams. (that?s approximately 4000 yards per pound)

Mine was 185 yards in 9 grams.  No that isn?t a typo.  9 grams. (That?s about 9300 yards per pound!)

I bet if my yarn was 100 % wool instead of having a silk component, the yards per pound ratio would have been lighter still...

To give you an idea... true gossamer threads used in Orenburg lace knitting are somewhere around 10000 ? 15000 yards per pound.  Cobweb is considered to be anything finer than 6000 yards per pound, or 40 wraps per inch.  My thread was around 50 wraps per inch.

:)  Maybe I can accomplish something like the old master lace knitters some day?  I guess I?ll keep on practicing!  Knitting with thread you can hardly see is quite a challenge also.  I find going back to sock yarn after knitting with this feels like knitting with rope...

Silk and Satin Angora Skein LoopsA nice balanced 2 ply... super shiny... and with just a little halo!  As it is knitting up... the halo is gently rising to a nice soft fuzz...

Silk and Satin Angora Skein Glamour ShotFull Skein Glamour Shot:  9 grams = 185 yards.  Yes, it fits in the palm of your hand, literally!

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