Friday, July 18, 2014
Spinning: circus handspun.
This week I finished spinning eight ounces of Falkland wool from Spun Right Round (I love that shop).
It started out as this fiber. I don't usually choose colors that bright, but something about this colorway (called Circus) sucked me in right from the beginning. I decided to get two braids instead of one, so I'd have a bit more fiber to work with. The color repeats were the same, though one of them had more of a softer pink and the other had a brighter reddish pink...I decided to spin them together so any differences would be evened out.
After fractal spinning worked out so nicely with my mountain stream yarn, I decided to try it again. I was hoping it would balance out the brightness of this fiber. It did to some extent, but since the color repeats were a bit shorter and because the colors are so bright, it didn't work out quite as I expected it to. Anyway, I still love how the yarn turned out.
The bobbins with my wheel aren't really big, so I had to split the yarn into two skeins when the bobbin filled up. The first skein was 148 yards, the second was 186 yards, and Andean plying the leftover singles gave me 50 extra yards. So around 384 yards total, and it's somewhere around a DK weight.
I was planning on using it for a small shawl, something like this one. But with the way the colors mingled up, I thought it might be better to knit it into something a bit more narrow. So I finally decided on a cowl I've been wanting to knit with handspun for a while now: Totally Biased. I've already started on it, and it is bright, but I think it'll be fine.