Thursday, July 22, 2010

Spin It Up!

Decided to spend last night and tonight spinning.  I've filled a bobbin with dark brown/black Shetland singles. A two-ply would probably be fingering weight. Not sure if I want to two-ply or three-ply this yarn.  Not sure what I want to make with it either. Perhaps a nice Shetland shawl to wrap around myself in my freezing cold office.  I think it's too scratchy for a scarf or hat. Might work for a lightweight sweater. Of course it might soften up a bit with washing too.  I'm not even sure how much yardage I'll end up with at this point. However much I can get out of 2+ pounds of roving.  By rough calculation, if I can get 400 yards of fingering-weight yarn in 4 ounces, that's 1600 yards per pound or approx 3200 yards total. Plenty for a light cardi or a huge shawl.

The difficult question right now is whether to spin up another bobbin full of Shetland singles or to spin up a bobbin full of the superwash merino/tencel roving that I started spinning at least a year ago. That will end up a nice two-ply, either for a shawl or socks.  I'm leaning toward getting the merino/tencel out of the way, getting it plied and getting it knit.  It only seems fair to get it done and out of the way before diving into the newer roving from Spinderella. Or at least that's my logic at the moment.

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