So. Overdue. Urg. I finally have the time to sit down and blog 🙂
It’s been an eventful month. My parents left on vacation/I babysat for almost a whole week…I’m in the middle of changing jobs/my schedule is currently crazy…and just in general I’ve been really busy with one thing or another… but now I can properly post 🙂
First off, the non-breed-study stuff, to just get that out of the way…
Second…I made another shawl from handspun…
It’s a combo of my ‘Passionfruit’ yarn and my Warhill breed study; this shawl went to my sister 🙂 She seems to like it well enough…
Also…I’m continuing to experiment with those wire shawl pins:
I’m still not satisfied with my results, though, so I’ll keep at it.
Now to what you all really read this blog for ^.^”
Breed study 🙂
Ah, yes, the ubiquitous Merino…pretty much every spinner has spun some at one point or another; it’s everywhere…and it’s really not my cup of tea. Sure, it’s soft and takes dye wonderfully, but I find it hard to spin (I’m just not much good at drafting fine wools), and at the end of the day, I prefer something more pill-resistant. Still, like I said, it’s super soft, and many people love that 🙂
4.8 ounces became 128 yards of worsted.
#70 (Part A): Corriedale
(There are two parts to #70 because Corriedale and Bond are basically the same breed, so I just kept them together…)
I chose to spin two samples of Corriedale, as I heard it tends to vary wildly. Boy, were they not lying…. 🙂 The red corriedale batt (well, mostly Corrie. 5% sparkle lol) had a lovely luster, but the wool is only medium-soft. It spun up wonderfully easy (really enjoyable!), but I’m not certain it’s next-to-skin soft. *Sigh* I love the dye job, though…
4 ounces became 180 yards of DK weight.
My other sample has very little luster, but is much finer and softer. I found it similarly easy to spin.
1 ounce became 52 yards of DK weight.
#70 (Part B): Bond
Bond. Sheep Bond. Bahhhhhnnd…. :3
Love, love, LOVE Bond! Or this sample, anyway 🙂 It combined the best properties of the two Corriedale samples (luster, softness, spinability) to create a spinner’s dream. Plus I just love colored wools, and it’s a pretty fantastic color…
2.6 ounces became 116 yards of…I don’t have it near me right now; if I remember right, it was sport/DK weight (varied somewhat).
Again, gorgeous color 🙂 I found the loose wool softer than my yarn, though. It’s hard to explain; I just feel like spinning ruined some of its nicer properties ^.^” It’s not terrible, though.
1 ounce became 36 ounces of worsted.
#88: California Variagated Mutant
Butbutbut…why did you combine Corriedale and Bond but not Romeldale and CVM?!?!?!
Because I can. Shush.
I spun both a roving and a top sample for this one; they spun pretty much identically. Oddly enough, even though they are basically the same breed, I found the CVM softer…probably just an ‘individual sheep’ thing, though.
.8 ounces of grey roving became 44 yards of sport.
1.2 ounces of beige top became 54 yards of sport.
So that’s all the Fleecydex I have at the moment. I’m working on Rambouillet a bit right now, and deciding which breed to pick up next 😉 In the meantime…
I love my longwools 🙂