Tuesday, July 1, 2008


I am in the middle of spinning 4ozs of Twisted Fiberarts Sherwood roving, in the Sleek blend (Merino/Tencel). It took me awhile to find my rhythm with this fiber on the wheel (it might be better suited for a spindle). It's extremely slippery, and also very fly-away (it gets everywhere). But it's worth the work. I have 2.3 ozs spun up, and Navajo 3-plied into 193 yds of gorgeous yarn. It has an amazing drape and sheen (neither of which shows up in the photo), and the colors are wonderful. I don't think it'll be suited for socks at all (no elasticity and too shiny), but it would be fine for a scarf, or luxurious hat, I think.

It'll be fun to see how this handspun Sherwood knits up, as opposed to the Sherwood sock yarn (superwash Merino) that I also bought from Twisted Fiberarts. The colorways are the same, but the sock yarn is a mutating variegate (meaning the mottled colors slowly mutate at regular intervals), and while the handspun will also *mutate*, I don't think it's going to be at any regular interval. I didn't even try to maintain the color separation in my plying- the colors are just going to happen as they happen.
The pic just shows one of the two skeins I have finished spinning. It's a nice fingering weight yarn, and given that 100YPO is still beyond me, I'll probably end up with 350 yds or so.


Karen said...

You do realize that you're making me want to learn to spin, right? This is so pretty...

Kathleen Taylor said...

muahaa- haa... it's all part of my evil plan to take over the world,one fiber fanatic at a time.... (twirls mustache)