spun romney locks

Remember these locks…4ozromney

I fluffed them out with the slicker brushes, actually I tried to card them, but obviously I hadn’t read anything about it because I did it differently. I was entertained to watch the color wash out as the fibers fluffed.
romenyfluffed

Started with one slicker brush, then got another when my hand started to hurt. Tried to fluff out all of the fiber, tossing only the worst small bits, but after a while (I spun up that first fluff) I realized it was good to not try to capture the shorter fibers. I ended up with the big pile of fiber on my lap, spinning off it. This did not make for easy or even spinning, and even though I am a beginner, I think all those different bits from all those locks contributed to some uneveness in the yarn.

Single ply in the scilla, about 180 yards.
1plyromney
You can see places where it is overspun. I had figured this might happen, so I plied it. Pogo said you can ply off of a center pull skein. I made one, but not having a swift or a ball winder, it looked like this,
ctrpullball

The other thing that happened when I mixed all of the fluffs is that the intense colors got a little muddy. Here it is plied, hanging (unwashed)
pliedromney
and skeined up,
pliedromney2

I think it has about 88 yards and is chunky-ish.  It’ll do.

The wheel goes back next week :(   

I’m about 1/4 through the brown wool, which is spinning much more easily than the locks! I hope to spin up the merino top over the weekend. Without a wheel, I’ll be back to knitting more, and maybe even will finish dh’s january birthday sweater!

PS, spinning off of the ball?  Pain in the butt!!!!!!!!!

7 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Gramily said,

    April 23, 2008 @ 5:18 pm

    At any rate, it’s gorgeous and autumnal. Maybe you’ll not think it’s muddy in the fall.

  2. 2

    mia said,

    April 23, 2008 @ 8:16 pm

    OH yeah, in a couple months you’re gonna love it more *grin* It’s all about the color and havin’ fun.

    Crossin’ my fingers the wheel finds its way back to ya :)

  3. 3

    Mel said,

    April 23, 2008 @ 9:12 pm

    Methinks a wheel purchase is forthcoming.

  4. 4

    Chris said,

    April 24, 2008 @ 7:38 am

    Pretty. :)

  5. 5

    Julie said,

    April 24, 2008 @ 9:01 am

    Your yarn is beautiful! I agree that spinning off the ball is a big pain in the a$$!

  6. 6

    Kate said,

    April 26, 2008 @ 7:24 am

    Gourgous, I really like those colours. You are way ahead of me now, when it comes to spinning. My spinning wheel has been resting for some time now, there is so much else to do. Have a nice weekend.

  7. 7

    Lucia said,

    May 8, 2008 @ 1:15 pm

    In the twinkling of an eye I have evolved a two-part fiendish plan. Part 1: we meet at Fiber Frolic. Are you in?

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