Well, I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself. Why? Because I’ve made this:
It’s my second lot of handspun, spun from some lovely soft Shetland wool. It was spun and plied on my trusty drop spindle. The wool had been hand-painted prior to spinning and I love the variation in the colours. There’s not a huge amount of yarn – 31g measuring just over 68 meters – so I’m not sure what I’m going to make with it yet. It has a WPI of 17 which puts it around 4ply/fingering weight I think – perfect for socks but I don’t think there’s anywhere near enough yarn – perhaps baby socks would be a better idea! Still, it seems a bit too pretty to be hidden under shoes…… Sure I’ll think of something!
I really enjoyed spinning the Shetland – it was interesting to note how it felt different to the Corriedale. I did struggle to get it all on the spindle when I was plying though – it was getting very full and heavy towards the end and the plied stuff that had been wrapped around the shaft kept slipping which was rather frustrating. Part of the problem, I think, is that my drop spindle is quite a heavy one. I’ve seen pictures of spindles made from a piece of dowel and a cd so I think I might make one of these specifically for plying as it should be nice and light. I know the best way to make things easier for myself would be to get a wheel though and I’m really hoping we can afford one this summer. I must try to be patient though – if anything I need to try out a few different sorts of wheel to see which suits me best. I loved the wheel I used on the course but it was a top of the range one. My husband often tells me I have expensive tastes….. 🙂
Well, I’ll leave you with yet another gratuitous picture of some handspun eye-candy. Thank you for indulging me and my new obsession!