Before I Confuse The Next Skein, Too

A few weeks ago, I washed and set three or four skeins of yarn. They dried beautifully outside in the sun & breeze and I twisted them into skeins and set them on my desk waiting to be photographed and shared here so that I could then move them over to my handspun stash. Then I finished another three or four skeins and set them on the growing yarn pile on my desk. I thought briefly that adding them to the finished pile might be confusing, but after brief consideration decided I’d remember which were finished and which were not.

Famous. Last. Words.

All seven skeins sat on my desk while rainstorm after stifling humidity after rainstorm after trip away from home after rainstorm (August & early September involved a lot of rain here) delayed the finishing of the last three or four skeins. Then finally last week the weather cooperated and on a fantastic sunshiney, breezy day it was time to get the yarn all finished.

As I readied the water for the first skein, I realized it had happened. I could not for the life of me remember which were finished and which were not. Had I washed three or four skeins? Sure, I could have made some educated guesses. I mean, yarn is different once finished and if I’d wanted to study each skein I probably could have sussed it all out. Alas, I was impatient after waiting all these weeks to get the yarn set, so I opted to just rewash them all. It took twice as long than it needed to, than if I’d just — you know — made a second pile on the other side of my desk to start with, but there you have it.

In any case, I’m about to start plying another project, so before I confuse that skein, too, it’s time to share these seven skeins and get them squirreled away into my handspun stash!

It’s worth noting that all of these skeins are spun from Three Waters Farm fibers — y’all know I work as a moderator for the TWF Ravelry Group and am just the biggest fan. TWF fibers by far make up the bulk of my fiber and handspun stash and for good reason –the colorways are just to-die for and the bases are simply the best. I’m totally serious when I say I can’t get enough and I never get bored spinning them. There are times I buy a single colorway multiple times just to try spinning it a different way — it’s true! But I digress before my gushing gets out of hand!

The first four skeins I’ll share are for my Vivid project. I’ve not yet started knitting it, but I’m definitely making good progress on creating consistent yarns to use in it when I get there. All the yarns I’m spinning for it are silk blends in coordinating color palettes with an aim at being roughly worsted weight yarns.

First, Vein of Turquoise on an 80/20 Merino + Silk base…

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This skein is significantly brighter than my other selections for this project, so it may or may not ultimately wind up in it. Time will tell.

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I love the icy blue streaking through the oranges and yellows though, so whatever I end up doing with this skein I have zero doubt I’ll love it!

Next, Moving in Circles on an 85/15 Polwarth + Tussah Silk base…

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Which is quite similar to Pumpkins & Persimmons on the same base…

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They are so similar and yet so unique!

I find it very fun to explore the subtle differences in these two. Moving in Circles has just a bit less contrast, almost a toned-down version of Pumpkins & Persimmons. They will work great in my Vivid project for sure!

And then there’s Hickory & Maple on the 40/40/20 Merino/Superwash Merino/Tussah Silk base…

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This is one of my favorite bases and this colorway is one…

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I would buy it again and again — it was a dream to spin!

Next, I get to share my spindle spin from the Tour de Fleece this year, Still Water on that same 40/40/20 Merino/Superwash Merino/Tussah Silk base that I love. I’d finished the singles up at the end of the Tour and then plied then using my wheel shortly after…

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It’s one of those skeins for which it would be easy to point out “imperfections.”img_3647

But it was a labor of love, for I do love spindle spinning, and those “imperfections” are what show that this yarn is handmade, slowly and while life was happening. I like that and therefore where some may call it “imperfection,” I prefer to think of it as “personality.” It’s a lighter weight yarn — floating between fingering and sport weight. I have zero idea how I’ll use it. It was a spin for the joy of spinning and will hang out in my stash until I find the perfect use for it.

And lastly, two totally random spins, just because. First, my August Top of the Month Club, Sheltered Zinnia on Rambouillet…

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I really love Rambouillet…

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It’s one of my favorite wools to spin just because whatever weight I spin it at, it’s got bounce and a squish-factor that is just awesome.

And last, but certainly not least…

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Butte Shadows, also on a Rambouillet base.

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This is one of those colorways that was just love at first sight and I knew I had to have it. And when it arrived in my hands, I just had to spin it.  This skein is in that worsted or DK realm and it’s every bit as dreamy as I imagined it would be.

And there you have it, a month or so worth of spinning. Beautiful colorways made complete with so much joy and fun and life twisted within these fibers. And rather than set them back on my desk — which would be easier — I’m going to take them over to my handspun stash shelves and put them away properly… before I confuse the next skein, too, and end up washing eight skeins where I could be washing just one!

17 thoughts on “Before I Confuse The Next Skein, Too

  1. Gorgeous!! All of them. That Sheltered Zinnia is so surprising with that bright neon green running through it. Love it!

    You mentioned a ton of rain. How are your little trees doing? I seem to recall at the beginning of the summer you were out there watering them a lot. Did they make it through the hot season? 🙂 I hope so!

    1. I know, right?! I didn’t know what the expect with Sheltered Zinnia, but I really love those pops of pink & chartreuse.

      I think we lost about 1/3 of them. Half were Black Hills Spruce and half were Norwegian Spruce and the Black Hills variety seemed to struggle a lot more. Considering how small and inexpensive they were when we got them, we feel like that’s not a bad success rate. So far the 5 larger trees we bought and planted are hanging in there, too. All in all, not too bad (knock on wood!)!

  2. As always, beauties every one! My very favorite, as Zoe mentioned, is the Sheltered Zinnia. Those pops of color against the dark background just ZING. WOWZERS, on all of them, though.

  3. Lovely! And you did this all in a month???? Wowzer! I live them all, but still water is my favorite. You are right about TWF, they are wonderful fibers.

    1. You know, it’s working at worsted weight and working a few skeins at the same weight. Where I usually switch things up, working at one weight kind of speeds up the whole process when the muscle memory is already there. I took a few luxurious days to spin in August — I assume there will be fewer of those for a while as we get into school, so I’m glad I enjoyed them!

      1. Worsted weight definitely helps! I don’t often spin it but when I do I am amazed at how fast it goes! And bulky is even crazier, but I don’t do that often. 🤔

      2. Yes, sometimes it is just what you need! I typically only spin those if I need them for something particular, but when I do, I love how fast it goes!

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