Reaching the end of the red

It amazes me every time how a pile of fiber is so reduced in volume when spun.

There are four ounces of merino on this bobbin, and another four ounces of fiber beside it.


I was able to start this colorful fiber (it is brighter in real life) because I have at long last finished spinning all the red alpaca/merino!  A lot of plying to be done, but so happy to be able to say I’ve completed all the singles.


Now I have to decide if it is going to be a two or three ply.

But before that, some house work may be in order.  Unless I can figure out a way to spin dust bunnies.  In the interests of full disclosure, I found this one while pulling a bin out from under the bed to get more bobbins:


I’m both amazed and appalled.  It is practically a new species.


A yarn finish


Another WIP can be crossed off my list.  I finished spinning the blue and purple merino that I dyed once upon a time, long enough ago that I don’t remember dyeing it.

I plied the bobbin with an even earlier spin.  That is the stuff wound on the toilet paper cardboard, which tells me that it was spindle spun – whenever I filled a spindle, I would use my yarn winder to wrap it around a paper tube.

Sidetrack: I went through quite a hand spindle stage a couple years ago.  I learned on a wheel first, and then experimented with different sorts of spindles – supported, Turkish, top and bottom whorl drop spindles.  Top whorl drop spindles turned out to be my favorite, and I carried them all around, keeping the spinning going.  Somehow, I fell out of the habit though.  I could spin faster on the wheel, which was part of it, and knitting was even more portable, so I reverted to those.

I still have a bunch of spindles though.


Anyway, I plied the newly wheel spun single to the thinner, much older spindle spun ply and got a lovely varigated skein of a bouncy DK to worsted yarn.

Skeined on the umbrella swift
Heading into its finishing bath
The finished skein

I have more left on the bobbin, so I should end up with about 350 yards in all.  Maybe a hat and mittens?