Last Sunday was a funny day, weather-wise. It wasn’t supposed to be nice, so I was surprised when I got up and it was clear and dry. I decided to do my half hour of spinning on the bearded iris braid I got at Fiber Frolic early in the day. I was really excited to see how the colors would play together.
I did not break up the length of the braid, but did break the strips into random widths.
Then I sat down to spin. The wheel was not cooperating, the bobbin tension just didn’t want to play.
Amazingly, I got up and walked away BEFORE I got frustrated with it, and went out and planted some vegetable seeds.
Then I tried again, and it seemed to work fine. But there were things to do…
Company was coming in the afternoon, so A and I did a bit of cleaning – got the screened porch cleaned up and ready for the season.Then the skies opened, and watered my seeds for me – how very nice! But we realized it might be too cold to sit outside, so we scrambled and cleaned the house, too. All the while my brain was wanting to know how those colors would come out.
Fast forward past birthday cake and presents to later in the afternoon when the family had left, and only Crimson Crow (also known as friend B) remained. I knew I could spin in front of her. And spin I did!
I was getting thinner yarn than ever before, and the wheel was working so I just kept going.
After B left, A and I settled down to watch a bit of TV and I kept spinning. Before I knew it, I had two bobbins full, and so decided to go ahead and ply, as it wasn’t quite bed time. 🙂
By bed time, I had this:
Still a lot of twist, and thick and thin, but I was quite pleased! It turns out my “thin” yarn is still pretty bulky – about 100 yards in 3.75 ounces.
I soaked it the next day, and by the middle of the week, I had this:
There are places in this where it is quite nice yarn, and where it isn’t, it isn’t too awful. I was very pleased that I somehow managed, almost but not quite by accident, to put EXACTLY the same yardage on each bobbin, so there was nothing leftover when I was done plying.This is enough to make a cowl, for sure, and I might use my first skeins as the edges of it, I probably have enough to go around a couple of times at start and finish with it. We will see.
I learned a lesson with this spin –
I have to pace myself.
5 hours is too long to sit and spin. My legs and hands were quite sore.
My yarn is better if I don’t do it all at once.
I can’t afford to spin a braid every day.
I am applying this lesson with the next braid, and I think it is paying off.
This one I broke down into very manageable chunks, and am pre-drafting the heck out of it, determined to get finer yarn. I work on it about half an hour at a time, and I am about 1/4 of the way through. I am loving all the shades of red, and can’t wait to see what the finished yarn will look like… but I will wait. I will not spin the whole thing tomorrow. 🙂