A Leap Forward

There are some projects for which you simply make time even when you don’t think you have it. I’ve been trying very hard to keep up with my Top of the Month fiber club shipments from Three Waters Farm — to spin each month’s fiber in the month I receive it. I’ve never managed to stay up with my fiber clubs in the past, but it was a promise I made to myself when I signed up for this one. I managed it in December, missed January, and thought I’d be missing it again in February. I was acutely aware that that was not a great track record at all, though, so when I had a few days at the end of February to make a go with February’s ‘Light in the Trees’, I jumped.

littWanting to get this going asap, I didn’t overthink it. I prepped it simply with breaking it into its three equal & identical repeat portions (when dyers dye a braid of fiber they will often have three repeats on a 4oz braid) and then I stripped it into 2-3gram strips. I planned to spin it in one long piece and then n-ply it.

img_2387-2It just so happened that the lightweight singles I’ve been seeking finally came back to me on this spin.

img_2414-1And it was terribly exciting for me, so much so that I kind of whipped through the singles. The fantastic colors didn’t slow me down, either.

img_2417It was when I started plying, however, that I knew I’d really have the skein I’d been working toward all these many months — fingering weight 3-ply with (hopefully) ample yardage.

img_2422With the hope that I could indeed knit these into socks one day, I put in a relatively high-twist.

And the finished yarn?

skeinBe still my heart!

detFrom my 4oz braid of fiber, I got just shy of 400yards of 3-ply fingering weight yarn. Considering that I’ve been struggling to get in the 300yard range with the same amount of fiber, this is a huge accomplishment for me.

I saw a really gorgeous skein of gradient from this same fiber in the Ravelry group that almost made me second guess my blend of colors a little…

super detailI do love how these colors interact, though. It really does remind me of looking up into the trees in a forest on a spring day — the browns of the bark & last year’s fallen leaves, the greens just starting to peek out below my feet, the crisp blue sky, and the warm sun.  No, I don’t think I could have made a better skein for me.

the pretty pileWhat’s more, at about 400yards of fingering weight yarn this is a perfect skein for some sock knitting. I plan to work these two-at-a-time from the toe-up so that I’ll be able to use up all the yarn. After all, when it’s such a labor of love and represents such a huge leap, you use all the yarn. I’ve been meaning to give the new Churchmouse Toe-Up Sock pattern a whirl and I think think might be the perfect opportunity. I might even peek in my stash to find some yarn for a contrast toe & heel. I seem to recal a rusty brown that might work…

This spin has really felt like a turning point for me — the comfort I’m feeling at my wheel is at an all time high. Ironically, I’m wondering (and wondering and wondering) if I’m now able to bounce back and forth a little better between heavier yarns and this new lightweight yarn. That is the ultimate goal — to be able to sit down and just create the yarn I want, any yarn I want, whenever I want. For now, though, I think I’m going to hang around in this new lace weight singles realm for a little bit. It was a hard-won and I kind of what to bask in this little leap forward. A leap forward in February in a leap year. This spin may have been a whim, but I couldn’t have planned the results better if I’d tried!

16 responses to “A Leap Forward

  1. So very beautiful! What a great feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment you must have.

  2. That’s so pretty. I need to learn how to n-ply. I am in that club too, yours came out so pretty. I haven’t done mine yet.

    • I was all thumbs with n-plying until a friend sent me a Sarah Anderson video. For whatever reason, that just clicked with me and I’ve never had a problem since. If you are ever interested, I’d be happy to forward it to you!

      I’m happy with it. There are some really lovely results in he Ravelry group with the colorway, too. Any ideas what you want to do with it?

      I’ve been thinking a lot about my March TOMC. In fact, that’s part of what’s driving me through my combo spin. I want to see the combo, but I would also love to get the March TOMC done! Such ambition over here -lol!

  3. I’m not a spinner, but as a knitter, can appreciate beautiful hand-spun. Three words: GOR – GEE – MOUS!!! ~wink~

  4. Those colors work so well together and it’s spun beautifully! Well done! I’m a new spinner. I created my first ply a few days ago. I haven’t tried N-ply… yet.

    • Congratulations! That’s so exciting! N-plying is a little more complex, but Sarah Anderson has an awesome YouTube video that helped me a lot. Happy spinning!

  5. The Churchmouse pattern is a great choice, plain enough to really show off this gorgeous yarn. I can’t wait to see the finished socks!

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