Spinning in 2018

Ravelry isn’t as good about tracking spinning projects by year as they are knitting, but I will try to find them all for you.

My goal for the year was to spin more fiber than came in. Let’s see how I did! These are all 4 ounces unless otherwise noted.

I started this spin in July of 2017, but finished it in January of 2018. I think it is fair to say I spun at least 4 ounces in 2018.

I used this to knit the sweater I have no easily accessible photo of, but you can check out my ravelry project page to see it in all its glory.

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/salpal1/fine-sand

I immediately started this spin, with fiber I got in Wisconsin in September of 2017. It flew by, finished in just 10 days.

Haven’t knit with this one yet!

Nor this one, designated for some mittens for A.

Then some combo spins:

Neither of which have been knit yet. The top one is 6 ounces of yak merino, and I haven’t decided what it will be. But mom loves it, so it will be something for her eventually.

The bottom one (8 ounces) will be a shawl. Also someday.

Next up I played with color drafting on natural fiber. And knit a hat with it. I had fun with it, but naturally the only photos are on Ravelry!

https://www.ravelry.com/people/salpal1/handspun/color-theory

And

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/salpal1/handspun-hat

I went stash diving and dug out this luscious blend that a friend gave me. All my favorite colors!

It’s in the too pretty to knit with category. But I might weave with it someday. Meanwhile I pet it.

Then this came in as the Roving of the Month and I dropped everything to spin it.

https://www.ravelry.com/people/salpal1/handspun/mandala

I also pet it regularly.

This yarn I had a plan for, it always was going to be a shawl. I got amazing yardage, definitely lace weight two ply here.

In September I cast on Down the Road and Back Again with some of the ladies in the Friends of Knitting Sarah group on Ravelry. Yet the whole time I was knitting it, I knew it would wind up with a coworker of mine, and I was right. It looks gorgeous on her.

The next spin was bfl silk blend, another combo spin of 7 ounces. I happened to have two very similar color ways and needed to knit a special scarf for my stepbrother.

I was on a blue kick, and next up spun this blue and tan braid, trying a new thing, traditional 4 ply. What a nice round yarn it made!

https://www.ravelry.com/people/salpal1/handspun/flutterbies

https://www.ravelry.com/people/salpal1/handspun/wood-nymph-herdwick was another quick spin, bulky weight. It’s herdwick, and full of guard hairs. It sheds! Had to get spun outside. I plan to spin some nice soft finn, and knit a herdwick hat with a finn lining. Someday!

Then I did an 8 ounce combo spin to make a baby sweater for the new grandson of a friend.

You can see more of this spin on Ravelry, of course.

https://www.ravelry.com/people/salpal1/handspun/bespoke-monkey

And another 8 ounce combo spin, wasn’t sure what it would be, but it turned out to be a shawl that went to the baby’s mama.

Then another spin of fiber I spun nearly as fast as I got it home!

https://www.ravelry.com/people/salpal1/handspun/handspun-wings

And that’s where it seems to have stalled. In October, I started this spin, and just Friday I finally finished the first half, so this is two ounces spun.

That’s 83 ounces spun! Wow! I had no idea until I just totaled it up. I definitely spun more than came in.

And this year for fun, I saved all the scraps from all these traditionally plied yarns. I just wound them into one bobbin until it was full, then started another. This weekend I wound all those ends into a cake and plied it with itself into a 2 ply yarn. It’s a crazy skein! Actually 2, as I ran into technical difficulties. But I am going to knit something – a shawl or cowl – that can handle the crazy colors and different weights. And I am going to do this again this year because it was so fun to see the colors all go together. It’s still damp after it’s bath, but you get the idea!

It was a good spinning year… or 3/4 of a year, as I seem to have taken the fall off!

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18 thoughts on “Spinning in 2018”

  1. That’s some great spinning! I love that you saved one just to pet it. That’s something I would do too. I love how everything turned out. Just beautiful. What kind of wheel do you have? (She innocently asks because she knows she has no intention of buying a wheel…unless she has to spin all her own sock yarn.)

    1. Lol I have an Ashford Traveler. If I were going to buy my first wheel I would find a shop with several and try them before deciding, because they are all very different. In fact, I did that! It is worth it to drive a ways to make that happen, it’s an investment!

  2. Your spinning and yarns remind of an ice cream counter with all the luscious flavors and colors.
    Your spinning and knitting is beautiful. Wow it’s amazing how much yarn you spun. I like the end of the skein-skein that you made. It’s such a fun idea.
    I look forward to seeing your creations through this year.

    1. thank you! Yes, the franken-bobbin was fun to make – it, and gathering things for this post, reminded me of all the fun I had all year long. I can’t wait to clear off the needles and knit something with that!

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