Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Spinning for Socks

I'm very excited to be able to show you some newly completed spinning. My first project using my Knit Nation purchases! I've made 115g of 3-ply sock yarn that I'm very chuffed with. The fibre was Artist's Palette Yarns Superwash BFL, the colourway is not written on the label and is no longer available on the website, but is a gorgeous mix of creams, browns and blues.

The spinning was a dream, the combing of the tops was very open and drafting was very easy. This was by far the finest I have ever spun, and I now feel a lot more like I have control over the fibre I am spinning, rather than the fibre having control over me!

I still haven't learnt how to get 3 singles of even vaguely similar lengths, but fortunately I'd left a bit of fibre just in case, and so lengthened the various singles as they ran out. For this reason the 5 resulting skeins have lengths varying from 141m to 21m, but they seem to be pretty consistent in wpi. The total length of 362m means that the yardage is there for a nice pair of socks.

I'm thinking of making Tatami, from Judy Sumner's Knitted Socks East and West (Ravelry Link here), the pattern was posted on the Etsy How-Tuesday blog here. I've already made Ikebana from this book, a pair of knee high socks with a tree-like pattern. I really like the resulting sock, and the heel fits better than any other sock I've ever made. I'm really hoping that the Tatami socks come out as nice, it will be awesome to have some comfy handspun socks!

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