I have been plugging away at various things here, and actually have something to show for it. I have been spinning the BFL which I'm planning to ply with my already-spun Polwarth, and I am here to tell you two things. First, it takes a LOT longer (for me) to spin four ounces worsted than it does to spin four ounces woollen. A lot. Second, the worsted-spun fiber takes up MUCH less space. My four ounces of Polwarth (spun woollen) take up the better part of two bobbins. I'm two-thirds or so of the way through the four ounces of BFL (spun worsted), and I think it's all going to fit on one bobbin with room to spare. The wraps per inch look about the same, so it's got to be a function of the amount of air in worsted spun yarn. I'll be sure to have pictures next time.
While that's been going on, I also pulled out the first of my one-ounce fiber sampler, deciding to start with the Lincoln. I got out my trusty Pipy to do the spinning.
Because Lincoln is a prototypical longwool, and because the preparation of this sample was such a lovely combed top, I spun it worsted. It came out fuzzier than I'd expected, given the fiber and the preparation and the spinning. The BFL I'm spinning has less fuzz - weird, no?
I have also been working away at the latest pair of Rick socks, in time for him to go out of town next week.
So that's one project off the needles. In the meantime, I've cast on for Vitamin D (a cardi), and am plugging away at the yoke. With luck, I'll have something to show on that next time, plus I might (maybe) have finished the BFL and be ready to ply!
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
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I'm glad you're finding time for fiber! It's interesting that the worsted is taking up so much less space. I wonder how the grist compares between the BFL and the Polwarth? The Lincoln looks beautiful, too. I especially like the three ply, but then that's no surprise...three-ply is my favorite yarn. (Let me know if you have trouble finding dyed Lincoln...I'm sure we could work something out.)
I'd love to hear if you come up with ways of making Rick's socks last longer...Branden's have the same problem. It does hurt to drop a needle size or two when the socks are so big already...congratulations on making it through!
Your Lincoln sample is lovely! I have a half fleece is steel Gary/silver colors that I need to get busy on. Looks like you've got the twist just right. My sample attempt had wayyyy too much twist and wound up being closer to wire than fiber!
I googled Vitamin D cardi to see what you were talking about. I wondered if the semester had caused a deficiency due to lack of said Vitamin and you had miswritten the name...no, there it was on ravelry looking absolutely adorable!
The spinning is lovely. I like the three ply also. I think I'll plan a three ply project. As for me, I'm so so looking forward to summer for more spinning and knitting time. I might even truly delve into the weaving. Finally.
Lovely yarn- both the handspun and the socks!
I tend to knit socks on the small needles pretty much all the time- fingering on size 0, light fingering on 0 or 00, and sock weight on size 1. Results- well, I've been knitting socks since 2002, they are worn on a daily basis, and I haven't had a single hole yet--not even on the very oldest ones that have gone through the wash ~50 times a year. I'll be interested to hear how Rick's socks go!
Whoops. That should be 'knitting socks since 2006' not 2002!
Brain wants more caffeine...
I recently started giving spinning lessons and it was probably the greatest thing that happened in awhile. I remembered my love of spinning and have made it a point to do some every day.
I've had the same experience - worsted just packs into a small space - it is sleek and dense. And during the washing, worsted yarn sinks right into the water, while I have to push the woolen down under.
Your Lincoln looks wonderful. What are you going to spin next? I'll pull that sample out and spin it with you. Also a fan of the 3-ply, here.
The sock are great, too. Very amusing name! Very nicely knit!
I'm really glad you had some knitting in there for me to comment on - I didn't read or look up the pattern, I just embiggened the photo to see if - heavens! - did those socks come undone??? (in the small it looked like a HUGE run!!)
Such is my vision - those socks are amazing. Is there any nylon in that yarn? Because the only socks I've had wear holes in them are socks that are 100% merino. Anything with a touch of nylon seems to wear like iron, and I also think the dropping down a size on the needles will help.
Hey. I haven't been by in ages, but I wanted to drop by and say hello. The spinning looks great, and I love the socks.
My excuse is that I got pregnant and had a daughter.
In any case, I'm glad you're well.
Just stumbled upon your blog -- only the second one by someone who lives in the greater San Diego area. Your "burban wilderness" looks and sounds almost like mine (complete with coyotes and kestrels)so I figured you weren't far from El Cajon where I live. I blog about my dogs but am a knitting and spinner, so it will be fun to check in on your blog.
Those socks do look like they fit very well. The talk of spinning was a little beyond me but I think I got the gist of it - it seems you're enjoying it and that's what counts.
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