Friday Finishes

I’m so excited to share two finishes today, both of which are finished handspun projects. I have really been enjoying spinning these last couple of weeks. The simple motion of passing fiber through my hands to the bobbin provides a peaceful time for contemplation and meditation. I try to spin for a least 15 minutes but often spin up to an hour or more, which helps me with consistency. I can relate to what Kate Larson says below. Much like knitting, spinning provides that quiet time needed to find peace and to keep me grounded.

Mindfulness is a word oft used in our modern day-to-day lives. To me, cultivating mindfulness is simply learning to be more present and aware. Many spinners take up a spindle or wheel as a source of quiet and peace in a busy life.

Kate Larson, Spin-Off Magazine, October 2017

I plied my March Breed Study the first of this week and was a bit disappointed to only achieve 75 yards of 3-ply light worsted but still pleased how it turned out. The Radnor fiber was new to me for spinning and while I enjoyed spinning it, it wasn’t as soft as other wools I’ve spun in the past but I will say that spinning it was a breeze. For this project I spun woolen (long draw) and finished up by chain plying. When I hung it up to dry, there was absolutely no twist in my finished handspun, which made me so very happy!

My other finish this week is something I started almost a year ago, which started with hand blending a beautiful blend from Into the Whirled in the colorway Bounty Hunter’s Picnic that I purchased from a Ravelry destash. As mentioned in a prior post, I spun two separate colors from my blending efforts and wasn’t sure if I would ply them separately or together. After much thought I decided to ply them together and I really love the end result.

For this completed handspun skein of yarn I achieved 355 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn. My goal was 375 yards and not to upset that I’m just 20 yards underneath my goal. I have a little bit of fiber left on one bobbin that I plan to chain ply and use for weaving or some small knitting project.

Now I’m off to prep The April Breed Study!

What finishes did you have this week?

8 thoughts on “Friday Finishes

  1. I love that quote. I do go to knitting for a way to quiet my soul. No finished objects this week but moving along on my current projects. I also got to help a friend choose yarn for her first sweater project and spent a lot of time texting help and support as she began.

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    1. I do too Juliann, and knitting definitely helps to quieter the soul. Oh how fun and so awesome that you are helping your friend with her first sweater. She must be excited!

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  2. Lovely spinning! Do you know how to make a plying bracelet? If not, look it up — it’s a great way to use all your singles if you’re plying and one bobbin runs out first.

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  3. I look forward to mindless knitting when I can get it. It allows me to sit and let the world around me fall away and leaves me with the soft clicking of my needles and let’s my mind wander to wherever it wants to go.
    I know nothing about spinning and had to look up what a Rolag was as I was intrigued by the look of them. Your spun thread looks beautiful and then end results amazing.
    No finish for me this week, but hopefully next week 😉

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    1. I do too and feel exactly as you do about mindless knitting😊 Thank you Ginny, I love spinning wool and creating my on blends … it’s super fun. Positive vibes for upcoming finishes for both of us 😊

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