Episode 172: Opus Spicatum, Cast-on-itis, Spinning Cormo & CVM

Dear Spinning Circle,

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On & Off the Needles & Bobbins

Works in Progress – Spinning

WestCoast Colour Karma Merino & Yak

  • Prepped last week, spinning continuous backward, 3-4 counts, ½ draft
  • Lendrum Saxony, DD, nice pull on 8:1

Sarah Elizabeth Cormo fleece, processed at Kingdom Fleece & Fiberworks

  • Pin-drafted roving, some neps noted
  • Majacraft Suzie Pro 28:1, continuous backwards with smoothing

CVM fleece, processed at Kingdom Fleece & Fiberworks

  • Pin-drafted roving, light & airy preparation
  • Lendrum Saxony 18:1, DD, long backwards draw

Cumbria Imitation, BFL/Masham/Mohair

  • Spun 588 yards (200 grams) to date, 2-ply, 1271YPP
  • Lendrum Saxony 18:1, scotch tension, continuous backwards with smoothing
  • Settled on a garment pattern: Oshima by Jared Flood, yardage required: 1140 yards (original pattern calls for fingering-weight yarn held double)

Works in Progress – Knitting

#07 Tunic Cardigan by Joan Forgione

  • Vogue Knitting 25 Year Anniversary Issue
  • Juniper Moon Farm Patagonia Organic Merino in Sand & Smoked
  • 4.00mm/US 7 for Mosaic knitting & 3.75mm/US 5 ribbing

Poet by Sari Norland

  • Swans Island Natural Colors Collection in Goldenrod, fingering (100% Merino)
  • gauge swatch, 3.5mm needles, got gauge!

Albini by Orlane Sucche

  • Disdero Ranch 100% Shetland 3-ply
  • woollen prep – pin-drafted roving, spun semi-worsted (continuous backwards w/o smoothing)
  • swatch gauge: 19 stitches x 4 inches

Varma (unicolour) by Sari Norland

  • West Coast Colour BFL, 2-ply, ancient stash from Lynne
  • Calculated yardage of yarn since long-ago lost tag & information: 1479 yards / 452 grams
  • Modifications: stockinette body (rather than reverse), knitting in the round

Finished Objects – Knitting

Opus Spicatum by Kate Gagnon Osborn

Community Participation

For October, tell us about your spinning plans for the rest of the year? What are you looking forward to learning, exploring and making?

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Tin Can Knits Along #tincanknitsalong

Tessa (@tessaw) shares: I’m joining in with a Love Note in commercial yarn – some Tukuwool paired with a luxurious mohair silk from Stranded Dyeworks. The tiny strand of mohair silk makes such a difference to the softness of the not-scratchy-but-not-soft Tukuwool. I can’t believe how fast it is knitting up!

Dana (@t28girl) shares: I’m working on Love Note too, in commercial yarn. I dyed the fingering yarn years ago so I’m really happy to be using it. I’m at the split for the armholes now although this pic doesn’t show that.

Glenda (@madstasher1) shares: I want to be able knit and spin outside when the weather turns colder so I made some fingerless mitts. They are Honeycomb by tincanknits.

Breed & Colour Studies

Dana (@t28girl) shares: I had in mind how I wanted to spin the batt, but couldn’t figure out how to split it, until I watched Rachel’s first video. What I wanted was the dark pink to be in the center and the mirror the other colors. I was able to achieve that in the finished yarn. I spun it as a 2 ply, splitting the batt in half first. I haven’t spun many batts and found this fiber a bit tricky at first, much different than spinning from the undyed braid of Charollais. I spun supported long draw and it got more comfortable and went quickly. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite spin or fiber but it was good for getting me out of my comfort zone, which is hand-combed top! My plan is to knit a garter stripe shawl, maybe Kallara.

Handspun Knitting

Tracey (@TRace44) shares: Goal this year was to use up those accumulating handspun single skeins. So far this year have made three sweaters incorporating handspun. Silverlining, Laurel Jumper, and a Shifty

How I Spin: Exploring Blends

Upcoming How I Spin content to finish off the year in November & December exploring how the recent explorations of blends resulted for me, thoughts for the future & kicking off luxury fibres for the new year. For more information, please head to the Co-Executive Producer or higher on Patreon.

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Until then, Happy Spinning!

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