The Wheel

Remember that box that came home with me from Seattle? I finally cracked it open.

I wanted to make sure that I had spun and knit off of my spinning wheel before my first spinning seminar at Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, upcoming next week.

IMG_1574The first yarn I made was a 2ply yarn from a BFL top. My singles were underspun in places, and overspun in places. and plying was a bit uneven. It’s still tough for me to see the smaller flaws in the skein, particularly as I was plying. I’m glad I knit with it, though, because I could certainly feel the imperfections and how I would have preferred to have the yarn after I knit it into a pair of fingerless mitts.


IMG_8911(The bit of orange is some Hedgehog aran that I had in my basket!)

IMG_8909Of course, I needed to try to make a 3 ply yarn. I like rounder yarns, and….well, why not?

This time, I started with a beautifully dyed braid of 85% BFL and 15% from JulieSpins. And while the spinning and plying certainly was far from perfect, I was able to make a yarn that was a bit more presentable….and a bit easier to knit.

IMG_8908It’s now a cowl, with a little bit of indian cross stitch on the ends (great pattern, it’s Elis by Reiko Kuwamura). I didn’t mean to, do this on purpose (because I am very far away from spinning with a purpose!) but the cowl is nicely graduated in ocean colors and goes from deep blue to a green.


I clearly have a lot to learn and have a massive list of questions for Maggie Casey next week!! I’m so excited!

  1. Tina said:

    What a gorgeous color, love it! Your cowl looks squishy soft 🙂

  2. Judi Shea-Vaillancourt said:

    I love the cowl
    the spinning is lovely

  3. I love the blue yarn, such pretty colours! When you’re plying yarn do you make 3 ply yarn in the same way as 2 ply?

    • I did — sort of held the 3 singles in as even a tension as I could hold and plied. I tried to follow what Judith Mackenzie was doing on her DVD and the yarn seemed to have come out like a round, 3 ply yarn. I am FAR from an expert though!!

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