Sunday, April 6, 2008

And the Wheel Goes Round and Round

I'm going to run out of wheel song references soon (though I haven't even tapped into The Beach Boys yet). Anyway, I finished the bump of rambouillet/cotswold self-patterning roving that I was spinning for socks. The yarn turned out beautifully, though as I predicted, it's not going to be the kind of self-patterning where the socks match each other. I did get 2 skeins with some distinct yellow/green/blue/purple/peach striping, and one skein that will have a lot more subtle tweedy stripes. But the socks, whenever I can knit them, will be lovely. I think I'll do a simple lacy pattern- that will help offset the difference in the striping.

Stats: 1 hank: 2.1 ozs and 107 yds, sharply defined striping; 1 hank: 3.8 ozs, 171 yds, fairly defined striping; 1 hank: 162 yds, 3.4 ozs, subtle striping. Total: 9.3 ozs, 440 yds, 2-ply, about 16wpi, a heavy fingering weight. I should be able to knit socks with size 2 or 3 needles, and I should be able to get a pair of adult socks, and maybe a child size pair as well, with this yarn.

This is how I display my handspun yarns- looped over the railing of my office/loft.

Though I have to get back to sock knitting for the last half of the sock book, I think I'll card some wool *clouds* today for the next spinning session. The nice thing about wanting handspun sock yarn is that it never takes too long to spin enough for the entire project.


Fríða said...

yummy yarn, pretty colours.
best wishes from Iceland

Lynn said...

I'm in lust...I mean love with the sock yarn. seriously, that is breathtaking.
They might look good in the monkey pattern or something like that.

Listen to me, suggesting a pattern to a sock pattern writer..doh.

Can't wait for the book to be out!

Kathleen Taylor said...

Thanks frida and lynn- and lynn,suggest away! That yarn would look wonderful in the monkey pattern. I've been considering it myself, though it might be a bit heavy for that one, since you have to use a set number of stitches. But Monkey is high on the list of possible patterns.

Diana Troldahl said...

Now THOSE look like Spring. I bet with the recent snow your glad to have those so close by.
We had our first crocus this week, thank Verna :-}