more spinning, and a ball winder

I’m having so much fun spinning this fiber. I plied (2-ply) the Gotland green yarn, washed it, and now it’s hanging up to dry. Luckily, in this weather, it should dry pretty fast.

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I’m spinning the second ply of the “Brighten Up!” hand painted Targhee wool.

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Targhee fiber is so awesomely crimpy and bouncy. The fiber reminds me a bit of foam.

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Targhee feels to me relatively easy to spin, maybe a bit more difficult than the Gotland. The Gotland spun up very fuzzy, whereas the Targhee actually spun into a tidy single. They’re both beautiful and wonderful fibers to work with.

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Each ply should be about 34 grams – I find this to be a comfortable amount of fiber to have on the spindle as a single and to ply. My issue is mostly with plying on the spindle – it gets cumbersome and hard to wind on at some point. But since much more time is spent spinning as opposed to plying, that’s okay. Ending up with about 70 grams on a skein is fine for me, for now.

I wiped off my grandmother’s old yarn ball winder with some disinfectant, and saw that it was pretty clean and ready for use. It’s nostalgic to see how things used to be made: with wood and metal.

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I’m glad my mom kept it and gave it to me. My grandmother was an amazing knitter, and she also sewed and appliqued and even wrote a book about applique. I feel like she and my mom passed the love of craft to me. My dad is also very talented at making things with his hands. I’m lucky to have creativity, craft, and resourcefulness flowing through both sides of my family.

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spinning Gotland and Targhee

My boyfriend got me many gifts for my birthday, one of which arrived in the mail Thursday: a LOT of spinning fiber from Spunky Eclectic. It’s my first time spinning colorful (dyed) fiber and I’m enjoying it immensely!

I started off with this lovely Gotland wool in an alien green:

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My spindle weighs 54 grams (1.9 oz) according to my scale, so I spun until it weighed 90 grams (3.17 oz), wound off a single ball of 36 grams (1.26 oz) around a coin, then repeated. So I now have two balls of single yarn, which I will let set and then I will ply (2-ply) on my beloved drop spindle.
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I love seeing the variations in color, and there also seems to be some dark brown fibers in there as well. Spinning this wool was a joy.DSC02119

I’m going to spin the same amount of fiber from this hand dyed Targhee wool (oranges, yellows, greens). I love seeing the colors change as I spin. The Targhee is super crimpy, and it looks sort of like foam! It too is a pleasure to spin.

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