Sunday, April 8, 2012

At last!

I have finished the spinning that has been languishing on my wheel - hooray!  It took a seriously concerted effort (man, those worsted singles were taking forEVer to get through), but it was such a lovely day today that I installed myself on the back patio, audiobook in ear, and got through the rest of the BFL singles, and then plied everything together.

I ended up with two very full bobbins.
Just as a reminder, this is four ounces of Polwarth and four ounces of BFL (the Polwarth is the browny-grey fiber, the BFL is the bluey-greeny fiber), dyed by the inestimable Erica at DesigKnits.  I spun the Polwarth woolen and the BFL worsted, and plied them together.
I like the way these colors came together even more than I'd thought I would.  I knew they'd come over barber-poled, and wasn't sure what I'd think of that, but I think I like it.  I am a bit worried that I may have underplied it, but we'll see how it comes out after its wash.
That's a little bleached out, but it looks like the colors on a cold beach to me, all seafoam green and dark cobbles and bleached wood.
I washed it in hot water, and treated it pretty vigorously: I kneaded it around, squeezed it out, and snapped it with great energy.  Now it just needs to dry.
I ended up with over 600 yards of what I think will turn out to be a heavy fingering weight yarn.  I just need to find exactly the right project for it.  Meanwhile, I will wait with patience for it to dry.

12 comments:

Willow said...

Oh lovely! What a perfect project for a sunny Sunday. Can't wait to see what you decide to knit with it.

Miss 376 said...

What lovely colours, and a great sense of achievement to get it all done. I shall look forward to seeing what you decide to make with it

Brandi Schoch said...

Your handspun is beautiful I was working on some spinning yesterday too.

Wool Enough said...

The yarn is gorgeous. Congratulations! And definitely the colors of a winter beach (which I much prefer to hot, stinky, crowded summer beach).

shelly hancock said...

It *was* a great weekend for fibery pursuits on patio, wasn't it? I really like the colors of your yarn.

KnitNana said...

It looks wonderful!!! Congratulations!

RobinH said...

Gorgeous! And I love how those barber-poled fibers knit up...all shades and shadows, like tide pools. This is going to be a seriously beautiful knit, whatever you make with it!

EGunn said...

Love it! It will be fun to see how the two fibers poof up when dry, and how the colors blend when knit. I have never been particularly attracted to barber pole yarns in the skein, but knitted up they're some of my favorite yarns; you get such nice mixing of the colors. Congratulations on making it through the worsted!

Anne said...

GORGEOUS.

twinsetellen said...

Yummy! I think they look lovely and I hope you knit them and post them again soon.

Alwen said...

Oh, I like that!

They don't optically blend into anything narsty, the way a certain yarn I've been knitting with does.

Lynne said...

Looks good to me!