Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Over the greynbow

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I finally finished my greynbow yarn! I actually finished the singles just before Christmas, but then I stowed my wheel for the holiday. It usually lives in the living room, but with guests, decorations, and presents, it was better to move it out of harm’s way. As soon as my family left town, I got it back out and started plying. This is a simple 2-ply yarn. I didn’t want to go for three because I want this sweater to be a finer gauge.

Here are some of the singles waiting to be plied:

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You can see that there’s quite a bit of color variation here. I hope it will even out somewhat in the finished sweater. Time will tell.

IMG_9789I also got to use a new tool for this project – I bought a skein winder with some Christmas money (this one). I borrowed Caitlin’s skein winder when we got together to spin after Christmas, and it was so exponentially better than using my niddy noddy that I decided to get one of my own. I sat down and wound 6 skeins as soon as it arrived and could not be more pleased. It is exceptionally well-designed and crafted.

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I spun this longdraw on my 14:1 Ladybug whorl, and plied it on 16:1. In the end, I got 8 skeins and a total of 2,084 yards. I should be able to make any sweater I want out of that!

Remember what it looked like when I bought it in May?IMG_5945

24 ounces of mystery fluff leftover from other jobs at Sweitzer’s Fiber Mill, transformed into 2,084 yards of yarn, to become a sweater. So much fun along the way!

4 comments:

craftycaitlin said...

Yay for graynbow! Can't wait to see it in a sweater! :)

Steven said...

I'm amazed how this giant garbage-bag-o-wool has turned into such a subtly beautiful yarn. If you have any leftovers...You know I love me some gray!

ChelleC said...

I would love to order fiber from them, but when I went to their website, they don't show fiber, just 1 skein of yarn for sale. Do they normally sell fiber?

Janelle Wertzberger said...

ChelleC - I bought this fiber at the Sweitzer's booth at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. I think yarn is their main thing. Not sure if they ever sell fiber online...