Thursday, 10 May 2012

MY Yarn

Do you remember when I mentioned I was spinning yarn onstage during the opera?  I spun up about a quarter of the singles during rehearsals and performances.


This past week I finished the singles...


And turned them into a gorgeous 2-ply yarn.


It's so incredibly soft.

Basking in the sun, like a cat.*
And I can't quite get over the fact that I made it.  You know.  It used to be loose bits of fibre and now it's knittable yarn.  Weird.


But so, so cool.

The colour is hard to capture.  It's a charcoaly grey, much darker than it's showing in the other photos, but not this dark - with bits of brown and red in it.
I have no idea what I'm going to make with it.  Something cozy, with cables maybe?  For now, I'm just going to fondle the skeins and gloat for a while.


(Bonus: the first yarn I spun on my new wheel, using the fibre that came with it.  It was kind of an icky reddish brown and really sticky while I spun it.  Then I washed it and surprise!  A lovely neutral wooly colour, much softer and a bit fluffy.  But the first wash water was disgusting.  It took four washes and five rinses to get it properly clean!)


* Speaking of cats.  When I washed this, Conrad got up on the sink to watch the proceedings, and tried to run away with one of the hanks in his mouth when I wasn't looking.

3 comments:

  1. Very neat, Gillian. My neighbor has sheep, and she spins and dyes the wool. Her mother-in-law then knits things for the family.

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    1. That sounds lovely :-) I wish I had access to some local sheep. I would love to learn how to take a raw fleece and turn it into spin-able wool.

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  2. It's beautiful! I can hardly wait to see what you make with it, though just basking in the beauty of the yarn itself sounds good for a while. :)

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