It Never Hurts to Dream

Last week I shared my Bootstrap Socks that I knit in Spun Right Round Superwash Sock.

SRRThe colors… they were pretty crazy fun.

I posted a couple photos on Instagram to share the blog post with followers there which led to a short discussion about how amazing Spun Right Round fiber is. Of course, I’d not yet made it to my fiber stash from this awesome shop, but the seed was planted and I simply had to spin up one of the braids of fiber I got for Christmas. After my last spinning project which was a lightweight polwarth + silk, I knew I needed just a light, airy, heavier weight spin for a change of pace. This merino seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

Merino Wool Roving - Hand Painted - Hand Dyed for Spinning or Felting - 4oz - Color PLay #47
Photo courtesy of Spun Right Round Yarn & Fiber Co

The colorway is called Color Play #47 — like the sock yarn I used in the socks I just knit, this series is made up of one-of-a-kind colorways. It was such a fab mix of colors and it was just beyond squishy. I went for a standard 2-ply and wound up with about 120yards of the squishiest…

srr merino3Dreamiest…

srr merino2Brightest…

srr merinoAnd most fun aran weight yarn ever spun on my wheel.

As always, I will say that spinning this heavy of a yarn does not come very easily to me. I’m much more comfortable in the silk blends that I can spin into nice and lightweight shawl yarns. This merino, however, was like a dream to spin — I absolutely did not mind that I’m dreadfully slow with it. In fact, I could probably spin myself right into spring if I had enough of this particular fiber. When I saw the merino update notice on the Spun Right Round Instagram feed the other day I half-joked that it should just all be sent to my house. Suffice to say, I feel a serious greed for this fiber — it doesn’t even matter what the colorway is. I will spin it.

I haven’t yet decided what to do with this yarn. I’m not sure why, but I got to thinking about Susan B Anderson’s A Pair and a Spare from last fall. I don’t think I’d have enough for a pair from one skein, but I got this idea in my head that it’d be fun just to knit a whole bunch of random bright mittens. I could to spin a whole bunch of this merino roughly the same weight and just knit up a whole truckload of mittens. We are always in need of dry mittens at our house — no matter how many I knit, there are never enough. This is probably because I tend to double-mitten my daughter when she goes to play outside — this not only keeps her hands warmer and dryer for longer, but also means she can easily wear my adult sized mittens without them falling off or fitting too poorly. I don’t have enough of this merino (yet) to make this crazy, bright, mismatched mitten dream a reality. At least not for this winter. But perhaps for next…

In any case, I do have at least one more braid of this lovely merino in my stash, but I can’t help but drool a bit over this one…

Merino Wool Roving - Hand Painted - Hand Dyed for Spinning or Felting - 4oz - Color Play # 90
Photo courtesy of Spun Right Round Yarn & Fiber Co

Called Color Play #90

Or this one…

Merino Wool Roving - Hand Painted - Hand Dyed for Spinning or Felting - 4oz - Color Play # 86
Photo courtesy of Spun Right Round Yarn & Fiber Co

Called Color Play #86


Merino Wool Roving - Hand Painted - Hand Dyed for Spinning or Felting - 4oz - Gigi
Photo courtesy of Spun Right Round Yarn & Fiber Co

The gorgeous Gigi.

It never hurts to look & dream, right?

16 thoughts on “It Never Hurts to Dream”

  1. Ooooooooh I love it!!! It would also make a totally awesome hat, I’m just imagining a giant pom-pom made from this yarn, and it sounds AMAZING. (I’m on a little bit of a pom-pom jag right now.) I love how bright and fun it is, and it looks positively scrumptious!!

    1. It would make so many different awesome things, wouldn’t it?! I think that’s why I get stuck on what to knit with my handspun so often — I can never decide what to knit with it!

  2. It looks wonderful! Not a mitten you would lose in the snow, that is for sure! I have been re-reading Elizabeth Zimmerman on the topics of mittens, and she advocates making them all spring and summer long as they are light and easy to carry and stand when it is hot, and that you never have enough of them in the winter. So keep spinning and knitting crazy mittens! I love the idea of mismatched wonderful ones.

    Do I sense a future KAL?

    1. I actually made a bright pink handspun set for my daughter last year — we both loved them to pieces — and she totally lost one! We searched for it for WEEKS, but it never turned up.

      Crazy mitten KAL? I don’t know… I could probably use the motivation!

      1. Well, given how much effort my red and white mittens are turning into, I can see why you would! My next pair is going to be very plain. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Thank you for recommending Spun Right Round. I just blew my budget on sock yarn and fiber, but I just couldn’t resist!

    1. It is! I have a few different fibers from this shop in my stash and based on how nice the merino is I can’t wait to see how the others spin up. I’m pretty convinced you can’t go wron with colors either. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Would love some more details on how you spun that, e.g. woollen, long-draw? from the fold? or a link to your project page if you include details like that!

    1. Well… I will admit I’m not the most skilled or knowledgeable spinner. I got my wheel about 4years ago and didn’t really start spinning until the following year. I’ve never actually had a lesson and my skills are built solely on trial and error. So, I can say with a bit of uncertainty that I did some combination of short forward & short backward draw — it is definitely spun to a worsted yarn. I split the fiber in half and spun one half ‘as is’ and the other I split into about 6 randomly sized portions. Then I plied the two together. I have a couple Craftsy classes so that I can start to hopefully be a bit more detailed and knowledgeable in my spinning, so I promise at some point I’ll get there! In the mean time, I hope this helps!

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