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April Yarn

26 Apr

Mary Stepney wool, kid merino my parents brought back for me from a Texas ranch, silk.  I dyed, carded and spun it.

Earlier skeins were of a heavier gauge.  Two  2/3 filled bobbins plied together yielded6.25 oz and about 580 yards.    That is a dime under the threads.  About 1500 yd/lb.

Now I am working on laceweight yarn from the same stuff.  Aiming for at least 275 yd/ounce.

February Yarn

27 Feb

This  4.5 ounce skein is mostly from wool from Celia’s stash.  The few yards of light purple-blue is my own blend and was on the bottom of the bobbin which  held the dark blue singles (Spinner’s Hill bats).

The multi-color strand is wool which was dyed in a thick dense sliver and which Celia had started cutting into 4-6 inch lengths and separating by color into plastic bags.  It may straight wool or a wool-silk blend.  There was no label.  Early on at one point I thought perhaps it was cotton because  it spun like butter and unlike any wool I have ever spun.  Merino?  But other sections were clearly wool.  There were some second cuts bits.  Sometimes it felt like there may have been silk in the blend.  Who knows.

It came to me via Ellie.  I spun all the red at once.  It will be on  the next or third skein since it  on the bottom of the bobbin.

Then I realized Celia had probably meant to spin a varigated yarn so the rest of the fiber was spun in random color order.  They are desert kind of colors: brown, rose, teal, orange, a sad yellow.  They look nice with the dark blue, I think.

Fingering weight: about 144yds/50grams.

What Else I Did in January

6 Feb

I spun yarn.

60g and 223 yards of the yellow (186yd/50g).  This was bought at the Guild’s Rock Day from a lady who trades her finished pieces for it.  It had more chaff than I like in it, and some rabbit fur.

These two skeins of blue are from bats owned by my late friend Celia.  They are from Lisa Merion’s Spinner’s Hill.  There is more than a pound of the gorgeous stuff.  These two skeins are 167g/690 yd  (an average of 202yd/50g).

And these two little odd bits are spun from the leftovers on the bobbins; the pinky-blue is from the wool/silk/mohair bats I dyed and carded.  Still have some to do.  These two remind me of Crazy Zauberball.  I might make more of this on purpose.

The plan? Scandinavian mittens.

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