This is where I started, with some balls of fiber larger than my head!
Then I spun, spun, had some weight consistency problems, and then spun some more.
I ended up with some stunning 3-ply fingering weight yarn (which I now realize that I did not measure the length of...). I decided on 2 strands of 100% black jacob wool for warmth. It was a absolute dream to work with and smelled wonderful. Then I plyed those with a merino/silk blend for some flexibility.
Then I began to knit this lovely fiber up into a pair of vanilla socks for my mummy. I won't say it was easy and there certainly were moments when I wanted to give up so badly because things were not going my way, but I stuck with it.
I must say that this was the most satisfying finish to a project that I have ever experienced. I felt so relieved and accomplished when she finally got to try them on and they fit perfectly!
I also really love how the green blends in with the natural Jacob wool color. I'm reminded yet again of how spinning yields new yarns that I will never find in stores, yarns that fit a project perfectly because they were made for that purpose.
So, in the end, this project was a lot of hard work and stress over whether it would all work out, but it was completely worth it. My mother has been wearing them pretty much non-stop too!
I also get to cross off another of my fiber goals of 2012:
- Finish a spin-to-knit project
Have you ever conquered a seemingly impossible craft project? Please drop me a line or link in the comments, I'd love to hear about your personal triumphs!