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handspun central.

I seem to be spending the majority of my ‘free’ time right now on three things: Test knitting, knitting socks for my family, and spinning. If I’m totally honest, the majority of my ‘free’ time is spent spinning.

This weekend, which I hope you are enjoying, I have two projects to show you. One was wheel spun and plied, the other spindle spun and plied.

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The first was wheel spun on my Kromski Minstrel, per usual. It is the completion of my project from last week: The Malabrigo Nube in colour 852 Persia. So … I’m totally sick of this project. I am really happy with the finished 248yrds of 2-ply. It has a lovely twist. It is soft and ‘squooshy’ but I am so done.

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While I was spinning it, I felt I was spinning quite thick and thin but actually, when I went to ply, I realised this wasn’t the case at all. It is quite even and adding a lot  crap ton of twist while plying resulted in yarn I really love.

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This has been a good lesson for me in spinning, actually. While I have a specific project in mind, the yarn will be what it will be. If it works for the project, awesome. If not, there are many more projects out there. I am going to let it rest for now and see what comes to me before I dive into the other braid … I need a rest from thinking about this project!

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While I was plying on my wheel, I was plying on my spindle. This is some old old old Sweet Georgia Yarns’ Panda in an unknown colourway. It is again a 2-ply. It has lots of twist and lustre. After reading a really interesting blog post by Abby Franquemont about socks and sock yarn construction, I decided that since I don’t really have enough fibre to make 3-ply socks, I will spin for 2-ply socks instead. These are going to be for my mom … one day in the future.

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From just a small 25gm sample of the fibre (I divided it up into 3 25 gram piles since that is all I have), I managed to get 90 yards. Not half bad! I figure if I chose a toe-up sock pattern, I’ll just stop knitting the legs when I run out of yarn.

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Spinning and plying on two different tools is really interesting. While my wheel is significantly faster, I feel that I have much more control over my spinning on my spindle. While my spindle provides me with much more control, my wheel is much less physical to operate (treadling is easy-peasy!).

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Sweet Georgia Yarns’ Polwarth + Silk in August 2014 Fibre Club Hot Hot Heat [Spoiler Alert!]

Wheel spinning provides me with a quiet environment to focus completely on what is in my hands and entering the wheel. Spindle spinning is portable – I can spin the backyard while James plays in the sandbox.

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Hedgehog Fibres’ Silk/Merino Top

They both have their wonderful pros and cons. Would I change either of them or eliminate one? Yes and no.

The only thing I would change – or add, rather than change per se – is that I would like my wheel to be slightly smaller and more portable. If I were to purchase a wheel now, I think I would save my pennies (although, we don’t have pennies in Canada anymore … so, I’d save my nickels!) and buy a Schacht Sidekick. That doesn’t mean I won’t ever buy one in the future but at this time, that is not in my plan. I love spindle spinning and will continue to spin much on it … I can always ply on my wheel which I absolutely love to do!

What tools do you love to use? What could you do without? What do you wish you had in your tool belt?

Happy crafting :)

2 thoughts on “handspun central.

  1. I love my wheel, but have often thought of buying a more portable one…or possibly an e-spinner (although I love to treadle way too much). The one spinning tool I’ve always regretted not investing more in is a lazy kate. I have the one that came with my wheel, but it’s never been the right one for me. All your spinning is coming out beautifully! I am especially curious about how the Hedgehog will spin up.

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    1. I am so curious too – I’m thinking of digging this weekend! I know what you mean about the lazy Kate as well as the e-spinner. I think I’d like to invest in more fibre prep equipment next though … I think that’s really what I want to do!!

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