Thursday, December 01, 2011

something new

ASU spinalong
I signed up for the October Allspunup spinalong because i'm always looking to try new blends. This is 2oz of handpainted mohair/nylon/merino and 4oz of superwash merino/alpaca. to be perfectly honest, when i received the fiber in the mail i wasn't thrilled with the colors. i was hoping for something that would make nice manly socks and the garish primary colors of the mohair weren't appealing to me. i put it aside for a little while but i realized that i've never been steered wrong with an ASU spinalong before so i decided to give it a try.
allspunup mohair/alpaca/merino
I spun the mohair short-forward draw to keep the fuzziness to a minimum. it reminded me a lot of wensleydale. the SW merino/alpaca was spun longdraw from the fold. it was a little tricky at first but after i made sure to add plenty of twist it went ok. i ended up with 512yds/170g of fingering weight 3ply plus a few extra yards of chain-plied mohair.
allspunup mohair/alpaca/merino
i'm thrilled with the finished yarn. the heathered brown primary fiber really mutes the mohair and makes it man-appropriate. Spicy will be a very happy guy when he gets his new knee socks. i'm excited to see what the yarn looks like knit up, but it'll probably be awhile--hopefully i can cast-on after the holidays.

7 comments:

  1. do you ever feel like Rumpelstiltskin when you are spinning?  do you ever look down and hope that it is turning into gold?  :)

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  2. love the yarn btw, it is really beautiful and looks very manly!

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  3. Wow, I never could have imagined how awesome that fiber would look spun up together! I LOVE the bits of bright orange peeking through.

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  4. It is AWESOME. I always enjoy seeing the fiber vs. finished yarn. It's very surprising, most of the time. I really love it!

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  5. Spinning is so amazing to me. You can never predict what the finished yarn will look like, looking at the roving. That must make it kind of addicting to see a new yarn develop in a surprising way.

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  6. This looks amazing! I'm jealous, because I loved the fiber as soon as I saw it. :o)

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  7. whoa, that's some gorgeous yarn!

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