After the chaos of the past two weeks, I needed a quiet weekend, but I didn’t feel like reading, so I continued spinning samples from the Fiber Binder Club. And I learned a lot about some of these fibers, too.
For one, there is nothing bad I can say about Cormo. It spins easily into a fine, smooth yarn, then it knits like a dream. I can see baby clothes being made from this. In fact, I can see any nice, wearable item being made from this. After knitting the swatch and putting my sample yarn in my book, I still have plenty to play in dye pots with. And I have an idea to see how well these yarns weave up, too.
Another one I got finished was the East Fresian – This is Spooner. I spun a short piece woolen style and the rest semi-worsted (worsted technique with carded wool). I like how it spun, and since I am one who likes wool with a bit of a bite to it, I really liked how this knitted up. I can definitely see this wool as mittens or as a thick jacket. We’ll see how it takes dye as well since I have enough left of it to test out.
This is the Corriedale, Ulf. It spun up easily and plied up into a lovely yarn. I have the swatch knitted, but for some reason, my FBC binder is missing the Corriedale sheet (memory is telling me I gave it to someone), so as soon as I get a replacement sheet, I can get the samples stapled in. Again, I have plenty left to dye. With it being a light gray, it is going to be very interesting to see how it mutes down the colors.
Also spun up is Chocolate, the adult Lincoln fleece. I love spinning Lincoln!!! It went fast, spun up fine and it was so easy! I have another Lincoln fleece that I split with Sandy. This is going to go on my list of “have to spins” in the near future. Just wait until you see this plied and knitted up. And I can’t wait to see how it dyes.
This is Shirley, Chocolate’s daughter and a lamb fleece. This fleece won the International champion for colored fleeces. I liked spinning it even better than Chocolate, and I didn’t think anything would top the fun and ease of spinning Chocolate. I’m staring at it and wondering if it is even worth trying to dye it. It is so black that I don’t think any color is going to show on it.
I have spun alpaca before and I didn’t care much for it because it is so slippery. This is llama, though, which isn’t as slippery or fine as alpaca and I enjoyed spinning this up. It is plied now, so we’ll see how it knits up. Again, I will have enough left over to test dye.
That, in a nut shell is what I did this weekend. Oh, yes, I mowed part of the yard, too, if you can call it mowing. More like knocking down some weeds. The only thing growing was the plantain, chickory and Queen Ann’s lace.
I can stand a few more weekends like this last one.