Friday, December 30, 2005

Handspun Yarn! A Spinning We Will Go.......

The past few days I have been spinning quite alot. My daughter Amelia Jayne asked me to make her a sweater. You may not think this is a big deal, but I do. Amelia is the fashion police at our house. She dressed her father for his college graduation. (he became an RN at 43, graduated with a 4.0 GPA, while he farmed and worked part time as a CNA).She dresse him him in cacki pants with a button down blue shirt.

Amelia is the only member of this family with any fashion sense. Meghan prefers fourteenth century fashion to mundane clothing. Mike wears scrubs, I wear sweats and slippers, (one of the perks of working at home).

Amelia picked out some grey wool that I got from Barbara Zumdome at Lamb Lane. She raises sheep. Right now she is getting ready for 84 ewes to lamb.
This is a very soft grey wool roving and I am spinning it very fine and planning to ply it with a strand of hemp, and a strand of hemp/alpaca that I carded up last night. The greys are the same color of grey and the hemp is a french vanilla creamy ecru shade. I plan to ply the three singles together and have a yarn that will be very washable.

I made a purse with some hemp wool blend in one section and that part of the purse did not felt. The rest really shrank up and the hemp/wool section barley changed.

So how much hemp do you need? I think the yarn that is in the purse is about 30%-70% Hemp/Wool. What I am spinning is close to 50%-50% hemp/alpaca.
This is a bag of pure heaven. The alpaca is straight off the hoof, very clean and so soft. I think this is going to be some very nice handspun yarn for me to knit something with of heirloom quality.

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some knitting markers that will be sent off as soon as I get to the postoffice


At 6:47 AM, Blogger Diana said...

It sounds so yummy!


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