One, Two, Fourteen

I’m fairly certain that those of us who choose to handspin yarn for fun commonly let the spinning get away from us. No, I don’t mean any sort of comical cartoon-like spinning wheel come unhinged and rolling down the street inexplicably leaving a trail of yarn in its wake while I chase after it (although my kids absolutely wish something that exciting would be associated with my handspinning). I just mean that you get in a spinning groove and you find yourself spinning just to spin. For a long while. And the skeins of handspun yarn pile up. If you’re like me, they may even pile up to the extent that you start to forget the clever name of the colorway let alone the fiber content and dyer. If you’re like me, you’ve acquired a small box that holds the bags from the fibers you spin. If you’re like me, you inevitably find yourself rifling through said box with your fingers crossed hoping you can decipher which skein of yarn goes with what bag.

I definitely need a new system of organization. Please don’t tell Marie Kondo how bad this has gotten or the fact that my 3 clothing drawers are organized and folded neatly may be overshadowed by this shadow of failure. But let’s go there another day.

Suffice to say, I went to photograph and share my recently finished yarns and found not one or two skeins, but fourteen. Oy. Dating back to the end of last year. Oy. And I did the rifling through the plastic bags with the crossed fingers. Oy.

But, on the bright side, through the crossed-finger search I did come up with a new idea for organizing that may just manage to not step on my voracious appetite to keep spinning with minimal interruption. I suppose time will tell on that point.

For today, I’m going to quickly (or as quickly as I can) share those fourteen skeins with you with minimal commentary. I’ll be leaving out yarn weight and yardage, just because I’ve not yet gotten to logging that all in and there’s really a need here to share them and get these skeins tagged and on the shelf before I get any further behind. I’m hopeful that today you’ll forgive me and be OK looking at some pretty yarns and stand with me, fingers crossed, in hopes that the future will be slightly more organized.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at some pretty handspun yarns!

Fall Foliage 8 from Three Waters Farm on the 85/15 Polwarth/Tussah base.

Maple Leaf Rag from Three Waters Farm, a simple 2-ply on the 80/20 Merino/Tussah base.

Three Waters Farm’s Firefly Dusk, a chain-ply version on the 40/40/20 Merino/Superwash Merino/Tussah base.

A 2-ply Kelp on 85/15 Polwarth/Silk from Three Waters Farm.

From Nest Fiber Studio, this is Damaged Goods on Superfine Merino.

Hazelnut from Inglenook Fibers spun from battlings made of a 40/25/25/10 Corriedale/Superfine Merino/Mulberry Silk/Flax base.

From the Three Waters Farm Top of the Month Club, a 3-ply version of Dried Rose Petals on the 50/25/25 Merino/Bamboo/Tussah base.

Dungarees and Flannel on a 100% Mixed BFL base from Three Waters Farm.

TWF’s Summer Palette on 80/20 Merino/Tussah base.

Roasted Gold on an 85/15 Polwarth/Tussah base from TWF.

Hayride on 70/30 Mixed BFL/Silk from Nest Fiber Studio.

60/20/20 Merino/Cashmere/Silk from Three Sisters Fiber Co. (now Abacus Dyeworks) — This one either had no name or I misplaced the tag with the name (insert eyeroll here).

Chasing Deer on 100% Falkland from Nest Fiber Studio.

And last, but certainly not least…

Multifarious Ruse on 100% Finn from TWF. This one could have been any color and I’d have bought it for the name, but I’m in love with the colorway, too!

And there you have it, all 14 spins!

Spring Spirit in Summer

img_2447I got this fiber in March…

img_2595And started spinning it in March.

I thought that was pretty good, especially for me.  I had a grand plan to do a chain ply with accelerating stripes thanks to a very talented spinner & knitter in the Three Waters Farm group who did the same and then knit a boomerang that looked amazing, so I split the yarn in a way that would hopefully yield these results.

img_2967Finishing up the singles really didn’t take too long at all.

And then, as I often do I held off on plying it until I had a couple more projects. And that reasonable wait turned into a really long wait because it rolled into the group of yarns I would use for the Akerworks Lazy Kate test. So what started as a March project had its finish date pushed back into late May/June. These things happen. I’ve been learning to deal with being behind lately. It’s not my favorite thing in the world, but I’m working on re-setting my schedule these days and am counting on July to be some sort of great equalizer where things feel more ‘on track.’

But I digress.

img_3385In the beginning of June, I finally got around to plying.

Now I want to share something with you. These are not my favorite colors. In fact, I rarely buy these colors. There’s is something about yellow-greens that unsettles me. That’s the beauty of fiber clubs though. Getting ‘surprise’ fiber every month really challenges me to explore colors I normally wouldn’t. Sometimes I find that…

wholeI actually really love these colors I think I don’t. Because I really thought I would be kind of ambivalent about this spin, but I actually adore it now that it’s yarn.

detailPart of it is that I really like Falkland wool and I think the chain ply turned out so nice and even. I feel a little like a broken record when I say, this is probably the most commercial-like yarn I’ve handspun. It is very round and pretty darn uniform. I suppose there are worse things than to continually be saying, “This latest spin is my best spin yet” though, right? So let’s just go with it, ok?

pileThe other part of why I adore this skein is the colorway. It’s not wound to show off the color runs — it was 90 degrees here as I was rewinding it and I wasn’t really in the mood to get too precious about the job. I do LOVE the colors though. I just find this collection of hues so interesting to look at and I’m truly excited to wear a garment made from it.

 It’s true that this Spring Spirit has taken its time making it’s way into yarn, but it was certainly worth the wait. What a lovely thing, to have a little Spring Spirit in Summer!