Three Fresh Skeins

It seems that I’ve been down to one bigger post a week here lately. Life’s normally hectic, especially in spring, but Mr Knitting Sarah’s schedule did a little shift this month, too. It’s nothing major, but since our family schedule more or less revolves around his and my blogging time gets put together piecemeal in between all the other things in our life, it’s felt like a bit of a scramble to adjust the little pieces of time I carve out for this space. I’m doing my best to make the time and I’ll continue to add a little more than I usually would into each of my posts until I’m back to some sort of schedule. For now though, hang with me as I ride this wave of low-level discombobulation. I’m still creating at a good clip, my screen time has just been a bit limited.

Today, though, I’ve finally got some new handspun yarn to share with you! Three fun skeins of worsted weight 2-ply yarn from 2 new-to-me dyers!

First up, at the end of last year, I picked up 2 braids from Wound Up Fiber Arts during an end of the year or new year’s promotion (I’m not sure which). I’d seen these fibers popping up in my Instagram feed and with their bright colors and I thought I would give the shop a whirl. The first I tried is a colorway named “All Business” on a Superwash Targhee base.img_0015

I pre-drafted the braid because it was a little stickier than I prefer to spin right out of the braid. This is true of probably 40% of the fiber I spin (and all the fibers in this post), so that really was no big thing in my eyes. One downside, however, is the fiber did bleed onto my hands, turning them blue while I spun. As far as bleeding goes, this was definitely not the worst I’ve seen, but I don’t ever really want to see it happen, you know?  The skein bled further in the wet finishing I did with it, but did not impact the colors in the fiber that I could tell which was good.

I’ll admit that the bleeding was a little disappointing to me, but after washing and drying the skein I am still pretty happy with the results…

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It’s bright and cheerful, for sure. I’m guessing about 180-200 yards of worsted weight yarn. It’ll be a nice, colorful hat for my daughter to steal someday.

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I did reach out to Trisha, the dyer behind Wound Up Fiber Arts, just as a courtesy to let her know of my experience with the bleeding. I work with enough dyers to know 9 times out of 10 they would rather know than not know when something isn’t quite right, so they can make adjustments to their process if necessary. I received a nice note and even though I did not request any action from her, she did refund me the money for this braid which I thought was kind.

The second braid I spun from her was called Flutter-by on Superwash Merino and I’m happy to say there was no bleeding on with this one!

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It’s fun to spin new dyers because they all generally share and interpret color a little differently and this spin really exemplified that for me.

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The color combinations were new and unpredictable to my eyes and even though I had concerns in singles form how it would ply up, I think it’s a really fun skein. This one is a little less airy than the Superwash Targhee and much softer thanks to the properties of the Merino wool versus the Targhee. It’s another of those 180-200 yard worsted weight spins, maybe a little lighter weight than the first and will — again — make a lovely hat which my daughter may steal. The pink is limited in it, though, so I may get to keep it.

And last, but not least, a OOAK braid from On The Round

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This dyer came highly recommended from a spinning friend in the Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry group and I’d been meaning to give her fibers a try for a while.

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The colors are subtle and understated, like a whisper. It’s a dainty little skein that I feel I need to cradle gently lest I spook these slumbering colors. Again, it’s in the 180-200 yard range of worsted weight yarn. And — like the other two skeins — will mostly likely be turned into a hat during some mad hat knitting binge in the future. That’s totally a thing for me, is it for you, too?

And there you have it! Three fresh, worsted weight 2-ply skeins from 2 new-to-me dyers. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I really do love a quick and easy 2-ply worsted spin. (or three). They are such a great way to try new dyers without a huge time investment and some pretty near-instant gratification results. What fun, right?! Believe it or not, there are 2 more skeins of handspun, a sweater, and a pair of socks all on the drying rack at the moment. Lots to share as soon as I can sneak the time, so stay tuned!

10 thoughts on “Three Fresh Skeins

  1. I feel like I need to copy and paste “these are so gorgeous” from post to post! These really are so beautiful and I laugh every time at the mention of the sproingy-haired bandit, whom we absolutely KNOW will steal the hats. Nevertheless, better to be over-appreciated than under, right? 😂 And don’t think for a minute that I didn’t pick up on your sweater being on the drying rack! You’re a beast!

  2. Wow! Kendra is right – so gorgeous! Glad the dyer was open to your letting her know about the bleeding. And glad that is wasn’t true for the other!

    On the Round is reasonably local for me but I have never tried her fibers. I hear good things about her, though. One of these days.

    Sounds like the drying rCk is loaded, can’t wait until the next time you get time for a post!

    1. You know, I’m not a complainer and I would gladly just not say anything, but I feel like I would want to know and all the dyers I know say, “please. Please tell me if there’s a problem.” So it’s not an easy message to write, but I do it if it is warranted.

      On the Round was so subtle compared to what I’m used to – it was a little jarring, but in a good way.

      1. It would be hard. I do find that anything I wash with Euclan bleeds a little, even if I have soaked it and washed it in water myself with no bleeding. Not sure why, but I do notice it.

        I will have to search out on the round sometime soon…

      2. I used Allure for this wash. I was glad that it didn’t bleed into the new yarn, just lost more color. Honestly, that does not really phase me. The turning my hands colors does though!

      3. Yes, turning your hands, or bobbins or needles color is bad. I am soaking a spin in just a bit of Euclan right now, the water is already peachy. But I’d rather have that happen now than when it is all knit up.

    1. Oh, I usually glug some vinegar into the wash when I finish the handspun skein if I have doubts about the dye staying. This time around – with a new dyer – I was curious to see how it washed up without. 🙂 Thanks though!

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