A Quick Post

2 Sep

I finished the scarf I was working on. I didn’t take a selfie or a picture of anyone wearing it yet, but it looks good worn.

  
The end that you see at the top does not have a picot edge. Why? I played yarn chicken and lost. :-) But that end is tucked under when worn, so it’s okay.

And I started a new poncho/wrap/circular scarf thing. The pattern is called Adama. I’ve made a similar pattern from this designer but this scarf is using worsted weight instead of fingering weight so it will go quickly. And….. Ta da! I’m using my hand spun alpaca to knit it in.

  
Here is the beginning. Eventually I join in a circle and it becomes a tube that you slip over your head. It’s a clever construction. I like the feel of alpaca when you are knitting with it. It’s smooth and silky.

Off to work I go!

I Like It!

26 Aug

  
That’s the sample CVM I spun up and 3-plyed. It’s nice and thin – a true fingering weight. I researched more about flicking and I was being too rough and that’s why I got so much waste. I flicked some more locks last night and I think I’ve got the hang of it. 

I’m so excited! It’s really soft and squishy and I love the color as is! Now to wash and comb up a bunch and decide on a project!

Very Interesting

25 Aug

This new fiber has me intrigued. I don’t think it’s oatmeal color but instead, it’s a light gray. 

  
The more I spin, the grayer it looks. I did some research on the breed and came across this picture.

  
I’m pretty sure the one on the left (varied gray) is close to what mine will turn out to look like. 

Some background:CVM stands for California Veriagated Mutant. It’s a rare breed that spinners seem to like. It’s soft like merino so you can wear it next to your skin without irritation. It has high crimp so it’s bouncy and poofs up once plyed, washed/soaked and dried. It does felt. And it takes dye well but has a matte finish. 

The little bit that I spun there is very nice. I flicked most of the locks but hand carded some. Carding is faster and I didn’t see any degradation in quality from carding. I flick with a cat comb/brush and have waste. I didn’t seem to have as much waste when carding so that’s probably what I’ll do. I’ll see if there is any visible difference in the finished yarn between the flicked and carded stuff. I spun that single at 45 wpi so even 3-ply should be nice and thin.

I find it so interesting how different breeds produce totally different wool and each feels so different to spin. 

New CVM Fleece

25 Aug

I bought a new fleece online. It’s 6 pound CVM Romiedale fleece. It was not covered or coated so there is quite a bit of VM.

  
Alpaca gets you spoiled – there is little to no VM in the alpaca I’ve spun! I washed some up (about 8 ounces).

  
This morning some parts were dry so I flicked the ends instead of carding it (as per advise from the breeder).

  It looks really white there but it’s definitely an oatmeal color. And I couldn’t resist spinning just a tad bit of it.
  
I will ply that upon itself (chain or Navajo ply) tonight and soak it to see how it’s going to look. I will probably leave this first batch in the original color but may try dying the second batch. 

It’s very soft. It has a nice crimp. It feels almost like a down fiber similar to Southdown. I’m not going to spin all 6 pounds at once.  Once I see what it looks and feels like, I’ll decide on a project to knit and just spin up what I need. 

Ahhhh…. Another project!

Fingering Yarn

24 Aug

My goal is to creat 3-ply fingering weight yarn. I am getting something close – maybe a heavy fingering or light sport weight.

  
Some of the singles are under spun. I need to work on that but for the most part it’s usable. But yellow socks? Hmmmm…. Those will be bright!

Benny is Spun and Done!

22 Aug

   
    
   
I am most proud of that last picture because it shows a few of the skeins close up.  It’s my best quality so far in spinning and I was consistent with the yarn gauge throughout the eight skeins.  There are a few thick and thin spots (I’m not a machine) but overall it looks good! Such a great feeling when you finish a huge project like that!

Yellow

22 Aug

I finished spinning and plying the last of Benny the Alapaca’s fleece last night.  Pictures will have to wait until tomorrow because the last two hanks are still drying.

I retrieved some superwash merino from storage that I hand dyed and set up my wheel in double drive and started spinning that. Here it is after dyeing:

   

Here is the first 1/3 spun on the wheel. The colors blended nicely. I like semi-solid yarn.

 
I wanted to try double drive tension instead of scotch tension because I watched a video that said I can get thinner singles (resulting in thinner 3-ply yarn) with double drive.  I’m not sure these are thinner but it does seem to have more twist. My very unscientific spinning comparisons say that the yarn is about 45wpi (wraps per inch). That’s right in the middle of fingering and light fingering weight yarn.  But that’s when it’s spun up tightly like this. Once I ply and set in water, it puffs up. 

Since this is combed roving from a mill, it spins up quicker than Raw fleece.  I should have the other 2/3 done this weekend and plyed early on next week so I’ll see what kind of yarn it turns out to be.

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