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27. September 2010 11:02
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Handspun Merino laceweight

27. September 2010 11:02 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Leftover from a dyeing experiment... I had a small amount of rich brown and charcoal merino top sitting around the studio.  In a fit of "startitis" I decided I needed to spin something new... but something that wouldn't take forever to finish.  I have enough epic projects going on these days it seems.

bog in the hand

It's hard to describe the color exactly of the finished yarn... it kind of reminds me of the brownish black color of peat moss, which is why I'm calling it my "Peat Bog" yarn. 

I spun it as fine as I could manage on my Ashford Traveler... using a new-to-me technique of wrapping the fine single around one of the hooks an extra time to slow the uptake onto the bobbin.  I was surprised that even that one wrap made a big difference in the fineness of the single I could make.  I know that some spinners have added extra hooks to the back of the flyer so they can cross lace a fine single... and I can totally see how useful this would be.  I guess I will have to keep my eyes open for some small hooks I can install.  I was hesitant to just add the regular Ashford replacement ones in case I might split the flyer wood, but maybe a teeny weeny hook or two would be ok.  I can definitely see the appeal to this kind of spinning.

bog skeined 2 

The final yardage count is around 200 yards, and the yarn falls somewhere around light fingering.  The yarn has been whispering to me that it wants to be a scarflette or small shawl, but I haven't completely made up my mind on this.  I have an idea for a bit of a franken-shawl... perhaps a few patterns morphed into one?  All I know is I want it to be lacy, and it will likely start out as a stockinette triangle something like "Ishbel" (Ysolda Teague) or "Little Shells" (Holly Griffin-Weidner)

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