I’ve gotten a few yarns done recently. Two of them didn’t take too much time, because I was really just fixing some previous problems.
Here is some Acid-dyed Optim fiber that Jill P. helped me dye, um, 3 years ago:
The Optim really compacts, so the dye didn’t really penetrate through to all layers. The yarn ended up being a little more pastel than the fiber. I spun and plied the fiber into a laceweight yarn. I have no idea how long ago. But it’s been sitting in my in-progress pile since then. The problem being that the finished yarn looked limp and dead. Even though I put a fair amount of ply twist into it, the plies seemed to be drifting apart in sections. I finally decided to do something about it. I put the hank of yarn back on to my swift (a.k.a. my lampshade) and just fed it back through the wheel again. This time I just added extra ply twist into it. I had never done that before, but it worked like a charm! I refinished the yarn and am totally happy with it now.
Of course, now I can’t remember how much fiber I used. I keep meaning to getting new batteries for my scale and not doing it. I’ll have to find a special project to use it on. It can’t be more than 400yds.
Here’s a close-up:
Here’s another spinning project that needed a revamp. This is an old picture, and I’m pretty embarrassed to show how crappy this looks. This is two skeins of Ashland Bay Merino in Sandalwood and Purple:
The Sandalwood I am very happy with. But take a closer look at that Purple. Yuck! Can you see how loosely plied some of it is? I was also having some trouble with putting too much twist in my singles at the time. This was a little more than three years ago. I think I needed much more ply twist to counteract the singles twist. I knew I wanted to use these yarns together, but the purple skein was in shambles!
I re-plied the purple skein, and much better!:
I was also realizing while plying, how much more even my spinning is now than it was three years ago. Even though I don’t devote much time to it, I guess practice does make perfect. I am now using these yarns together to make a handspun Scalene. I have it set up so that the solid section of the scarf will be in purple. I’m starting to regret this a little because I think the Sandalwood is a more interesting color.
I’m only partway through my Scalene. I got sidetracked with a KAL in the Joji group on Ravelry. I’m knitting Boxy, and a giant oversized sweater in fingering weight is going to need all of my attention! I’m worried it will be awhile before I have any finished items to show…
Any fun plans for the weekend?