16 March 2012

Lilac Handspun

I have finally finished spinning up what was frankly the most frustrating fiber that I have ever had to deal with (well, besides silk hankies...).


I spun this up in a space of two weeks on my trusty Schacht spindle.  I would say that the weight ranges from sport to worsted because of the nature of the fiber I was spinning with.  It was almost as though the fiber was either tangled (not combed properly?) or felted.  I think that this started as 6 oz., but I cannot recall for sure.


I've agreed to send this single ply nightmare off to Lisa, where it will likely become a part of one of her many amazing art projects.

Now I get to start spinning up some fiber that I have really been looking forward to.
More on that to come!

15 comments:

  1. As frustrated as it made you the color way came out beautiful. I love little flecks of contrasting color it makes i so interesting. You did a really good job!

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  2. It is very pretty, I like the colorway. How do you know what fibers will be good to spin and what wont?

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  3. It does look pretty, even if it was a nightmare. I'm in awe of your spinning skills!

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  4. Thanks in advance, you seriously don't have to.
    Anyways though, I think it looks pretty, but I understand your frustration. The merino I had for my first time was kinda hard to work with also.

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  5. That's a very pretty yarn. Sometimes I have projects like that too, can't wait to get it done and hand it to someone else.

    Sweater seaming does take practice, you can do it!

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  6. Yikes, sorry about the fiber-from-hell-ness. All spinning should be easy and wonderful! I hope your next batch of looked-forward-to fiber is both of those things, and I can't wait to see it.

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  7. Been there... I was really frustrated by some Teeswater roving i was trying to spin. It was really long stapled and silky but I just couldn't seem to get a feel for it. Experiments are a good thing - hope you have more fun on your next spin. Lynn

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  8. Good for you for sticking with it and finishing the spinning. I think I would have given up and thrown it out. It reminds me of some Noro I have in my stash from a long time ago.

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  9. The yarn looks so gorgeous, you'd never imagine it has given you such a hard time. Good choice to go for Lisa, I cannot wait to see what she does with it

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  10. The yarn is a gorgeous colour! I'm glad you can spin something you'd prefer now ;)

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  11. Despite the frustration, it turned out beautifully. I really love the colors!

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  12. There is something so comforting about subtle, muted shades like you achieved in these handspuns ... lovely work!

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  13. I'm so sorry that the Merino was so frustrating. :( It really must have been compacted and/or felted, because nicely-prepared Merino can be a dream to spin. Your yarn still turned out beautifully, though, and I'm looking forward to seeing the next batch of fiber when you start working with it!

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  14. you are so clever! That spun yarn is amazing. The colours are beautiful aren't they?

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