There are three very good reasons why I’ve been playing on the spinning wheel this morning:
- The inspirational handspun I’ve been seeing lately, both on this blog, on ravelry, and at work. So many pretty colours, so many different things to try. It was only a matter of time before I got sucked in!
- On Saturday I was gifted not one but two lots of fibre to play with! Some gorgeous vivid pink BFL, dyed by my good friend Ana; and a skein of BFL dyed by Julianna and Amber – very similar colour way to the thrums in my winter mitts.
- What I should be doing this morning is seaming a sweater, and frankly there is a fair chance that the bathroom will get cleaned, I’ll hoover and clean my toenails, rather than face that task!
Anyway, I wanted to get some practise in before playing with the yummy gift fibre. The last time I spun on a wheel was June 2010, so the meagre skills I did gain are definitely rusty. I spun up every spare pouch of fibre in the house, and then plyed everything together.
Now this probably ignores all spinning rules, but as I am so inexperienced I have no idea what those rules are yet, so just went with the colours I liked together and let the wheel turn. The result:
The cream is organic merino.
The light brown is a merino, alpaca and mohair blend.
The blue/grey are the left overs from my thrummed mittens.
This photo is pre-washing, the skein is now hanging up to dry, but I was too excited to wait til then to share!
So, pointswise we have:
Yardage – 2. (106 yards plyed, so ~210 singles).
Plying – 1 point.
Total: 3 points.