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?