Thursday, July 15, 2010
I've been spinning every day of the Tour de Fleece (the spinning challenge that takes place during the Tour de France), save one day that I worked late. I've been working on a few things. First, I spun up some merino I bought from Woolarina at the HandMade Mart. I spun up a bobbin by core-spinning and spun the rest as a thick single. It was mostly for practice, but I think a hat made from stripes of the two yarns would be cool.
Ages ago I bought two pounds of superwash merino with the intention of making a sweater. It wasn't as soft as I hoped so I haven't been that dedicated to spinning it up. I'm moving soon and figured I should ply up the singles that I did have, since yarn seems easier to store than bobbins of singles. I made up a little bit of 2, 3, and 4-ply, washed to set the twist, and knitted some swatches.
I liked the 3-ply best, which means 5 stitches per inch. I was thinking of making a Tangled Yoke Cardigan, but now with a larger gauge I'm thinking of making Seneca.
Finally, I started a hat with handspun on the subway today. I get around 40 minutes a day on the train and I like to take a simple project with me. I'm knitting it top-down so I can use up as much yarn as possible for a big, slouchy beanie.
Now, back to spinning!
Posted by Katie at 6:57 PM