Not what I expected.

I finished spinning, then plying the two different Merino rovings that had been languishing in my fiber closet for ages.

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They looked very pretty plied together, still on the bobbins.  But after giving them a bath and (accidentally) leaving them in front of the bathroom heater all night, the yarn plumped up and became really lovely and squishy!  I had expected more of a DK yarn, but it’s so plump that it’s at least a worsted weight.  I’ve never had a handspun fluff up like this before, and I just love it!

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According to my count as I wound the yarn onto my niddy noddy, I should have about 440 yards of fiber, as long as it kept its yardage during washing and drying.

I’ve changed my mind about the destiny of this yarn.  Originally I thought I’d stripe it up in a cardigan, but 1) it’s so pretty and fluffy that I want it wrapped around me like a cowl or shawlette, and 2) the rambouillet that I’ve started spinning that was meant to be the main color of a stripey cardigan along with this handspun is not worthy to be placed next to this gorgeousness.  The rambouillet is turning out very thick-thin and is chock-full of vegetable matter, so it will become something else entirely.

At any rate, I’m doing great on my goal of spinning my stash!  Next I suppose I’d better pledge to knit my stash of handspun yarn!

Spinning in 2014

Although I’m not really one to make New Year’s resolutions, I do like setting a few fiber-related goals (I confess that this is because of my knitting group’s blog!).  My big goal for this year is to spin up ALL of my fiber stash.   It’s not a ton of fiber, but it’s enough that it takes up a little more space than I’d like, some of it has been around for a bit longer than I’d like, and I want to have it spun up and knitted!

To this end, I’m well into my biggest spinning project.  I’ve taken two braids of roving that I bought at Urban Fauna Studio a long time ago.  One is white/brown (Girl on the Rocks Merino, the colorway is Ceylon), the other is white/pink (Busybee Fibers Superfine Merino, colorway Sand Dunes).  So far I’ve spun it all up and am ready to ply them together.  It will be a good amount of yarn, but to make it stretch even further, I’m also going to spin 13 ounces of Rambouillet that I bought at Meridian Jacobs farm a few years back to use with it.  I’m hoping to find a striped cardigan pattern that calls for (what I suppose is going to be) DK to light worsted weight yarn.  

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