I know I’ve mentioned previously that I’m in awe of handspinners. For my first attempt at spinning a yarn, I wanted to make something really luxurious and indulgent.
May I present to you the first skein of yarn I’ve spun; I love the rich chocolatey sheen! It’s just so silky.
It almost looks good enough to eat, doesn’t it? I admit it’s a tiny bit lumpy in places but happily that will improve with practice.
I really fancy making a Foolproof project, so I made this “vanilla” colour too. They look totally delicious together, don’t they? Definitely ready for stripes.
I followed these instructions, handed down by the author’s grandmother. It adds a touch of one of my favourite sources of inspiration: all things vintage. I did leave out the suggested alcohol since I felt that spinning whilst under the influence would not be wise, especially for a novice.
It was quite difficult to wind the skeins into balls: the yarn just kept breaking. I guess I will get fewer weak spots next time.
I know I don’t need to make a gauge square to make Foolproof with any yarn, but I was itching to try out my yarn to see how it behaved. I confess it’s surprisingly sticky to knit, would you believe? I’m getting about 9 sts per 10cm/4″.
In anticipation of our Foolproof KAL, I made a hasty start on my project. I know I’ve got all week to choose yarn and get organised, but I got a bit ahead of myself. I’ve mentioned in our Ravelry group that it’s OK to cross-post in this month’s KALs, since it’s possible for a project to cover both. I’ll be cross-posting this in our handspun KAL too: (Yes, come and join us!)
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