Tuesday, January 12, 2010

catch-up

so i'm still trying to catch up on cataloging some '09 handspun.
4-strand cabled yarn from spunwoven designs
4 strand (2/2) cabled wool/angora from spunwoven designs
dk weight, 219yds/121g
spun short-forward draw, felted to finish

i drew inspiration from Pat's lovely cabled targhee. i've been spinning for a few years now, but still hadn't ever tried a cabled yarn. i wanted to have enough yardage for some heavy-duty warm slipper socks, but alas, there just isn't enough. i am now thinking i should have spun the singles longdraw, as the yarn is pretty dense despite my active attempts at keeping the singles twist low.

i'm not sure what to do with this yarn. the "wool" content wasn't identified, but if i had to guess i'd go with shetland. it had a distinct scratchy/hairiness about it but the staple length isn't super long. i think it's too rough for a hat. maybe some manly cabled mittens? i haven't swatched but am willing to bet the stitch definition will be good.

corespun handspun
corespun corriedale lamb fleece, alpaca, bamboo from these batts
35yds/24g, bulky thick n thin
soaked and thwacked to finish

i tried out jazzturtle's coreless corespinning technique. i'm still not very good at corespinning, but it's fun to branch out every once in awhile. the fiber and yarn are really soft. i have no idea what to do with it, of course.

2oz cashmere
finally, i'd like to thank dkswife for sending me 2oz of cashmere and some quilting magazines. i had loaned her my handcards so that she could blend her cashmere fiber with wool and she returned them to me with some bonus extras. thank you so much! i'm already looking forward to spinning it.

4 comments:

  1. The cabled yarn looks wonderful. Definitely mitts with a cable design. Can't wait to see!

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  2. I have no idea how to make cabled yarn, but I'll have to learn. It looks so pretty and lofty and soft.

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  3. Your cabled yarn is lovely - perfect for manly mitts!

    I'm in way over my head spinning some Clun Forest right now - learning woolen spinning as I go because there is no other way to spin it - short jumbled up scratchy rustic fiber. I have SO MUCH to learn!
    I'll save corespun for a mcuh later date :-)

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