Monday, June 04, 2007

This is a fibre post!

Ladies and Gentlemen! This is my Star amongst my hand spun yarn! It's spindle spun and wheel plied 141yds!!! Remember the green and the read mixed with blue samples? I 2-plied them with the wheel directly from the spindles and it worked very well. I couldn't believe how long it took, which told me right there, that it must be more than the usual ~ 50 yds I made so far. Imagine my surprise when I got 141yds of it. The same amount of fiber as the others, just spun a lot thinner.






So here's the next one. Not a Star but very satisfying as well. It's wheel spun and plied. There was less overtwist in the singles and it plied together beautifully. Although there's some overtwist in the plied yarn, it's much more even. But only 49 yds. I've learned as usual, and that's the point. This concludes my sample stash. No more of it. Now I will work with bigger amounts of fibre, starting with 4 oz of Spunky Eclectic custom dyed Corriedale roving.


I'm building up my very own handspun yarn stash. Would love to cast on for something, but am busy with practicing spinning, and you know what I have on my needles now. So it has to wait.



Of course there has been some fiber enhancement as well. I've joined Spunky Eclectic's Fiber Club. This is the May 2007 fiber, called "Nightshade", 4 oz of coopworth sliver. Right now I'm admiring it. I like her colors very much. I'm so looking forward to the coming months and what she's coming up with. I saw some spun yarn from her Fiber Club on another blog, can't remember where, but it was such a nice color, very strawberry, and I'm sorry to have missed that one.


So, off I go, knitting squares, and spinning some more.
On another note, Sam gave me a fright last night. He did too much running around and in the evening he was limping real bad. I was nearly hysterical when I saw that. So, until he stops limping, there will be only walks on the leash for him. He's not amused, but that can't be helped. At least he's using his leg, that's a good sign. Oh, boy, but he was having so much fun!
Debbie: What brought on the urge to go golfing? Did you? ;o)
Robin: Hallo Robin! Thanks for your visit!

21 comments:

pat said...

- You are getting good!!

Teresa said...

I so need a spinning wheel!!! I love those plied yarns! What are you going to knit? A 141 yards could spin a hat at 3-4 stitches to an inch. Maybe some wrist warmers?

Sorry to hear about your Sam. I know what it's like to have a baby of yours injured..even if they're furry. My cat once had an injury to his leg that was mostly seen among athletes. My cat is 18 pounds and refuses to move accept from one lap to the other.

Tanja said...

Unglaublich, Monika,

das sind sooo tolle Farben! Wie Du das so schnell hinkriegst!

Also der oberste Strang ist ein echter Traum, aber auch die anderen würde ich sofort nehmen ;-)

Liebe Grüße
Tanja

sgeddes said...

I love seeing your new yarns. I have to say that the "star" of the post looks great.

You are going to be an old pro in no time.

2paw said...

Your spinning is beautiful: I love the colours and it looks great!! What might you make with it??? Hope Sam is feeling better soon.

Robin said...

Love your handspun! Great colors. I always love to see how yarns turn out when plied. It's like a happy surprise. I'm going to check out that fiber club.

kelp! said...

I'm loving all of your wee handspun samples! I would never have thought to put that red and green/blue together, but it definitely works. Now to knit all of them up!

Emily said...

Your hand made stash looks great!

Angus used to chase the waves when we went to the beach in spite of his arthritis - and in spite of being sooo stiff the next day.

sherry said...

Oh my gosh, the star yarn is gorgeous!!!! What a great job. You are getting good!!!

shannon said...

gorgeous! it's not taking you long at all to master spinning. i can't wait to see what you make out of your 141 yard masterpiece!!!

Jane said...

Beautiful handspun!

Anne said...

Monika,

I've been admiring your knitting for a while, and here's another blog where the author is a member of the Spunky Eclectic fiber club... http://www.snarkland.com/index.php/weblog/index/

Lots of pictures of her spinning and knitting there too! I love to admire, as I haven't ever figured it out myself -- lack of patience is my problem! :) Good luck!

Kris said...

Your spinning is looking awesome. So is the cardigan.

I hope Sam's limp disappears soon.

Knittypants said...

Monika, your yarn is just getting better and better. And your enthusiasm is so much fun to read.

Sarah said...

Wow! Your spinning looks great! You have gotten so good so fast. (not to mention fast at producing yarn).

monica said...

Your yarn is looking great. I so need a spinning wheel. Itis all beautiful.

Pooch said...

Gorgeous yarns! You are so talented in creating these absolutely glorious yarns!

:)

Abigale said...

Wow! Look at you go girl! It's really gorgeous, and so much fun!

I got my package - love, love, love it! Thank you so very much - I've already started spinning the fiber on my lovely new spindle.

I'm so happy to see you progressing so quickly with your spinning, your stash is really getting quite impressive there.

eyeleen said...

beautiful yarn! so many lovely colors.

I hope gets better soon.

hakucho said...

Such pretty hand spun yarn...just gorgeous colors :)

Violiknit said...

All those handspuns are gold star-worthy!