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Spinning Yarn for a shawl

As I am spinning the Romney fleece into a fine yarn I have decided to actually knit with it.  So for the first time I am spinning yarn for an actual project!  After pulling out all of my lace pattern books I finally decided on the Frost Flowers & Leaves shawl from the book “A Gathering of Lace.  I’m so excited to start this project and have actually cast on the first few rounds tonight.  It uses the Emily Ocker’s circular beginning technique and I finally found a video that explains it in a manner that I can understand.  The shawl has about 200 rows and a lace border.  It will require 3000 yards of yarn – yikes.  So far I have spun 298 yards and I think running out of yarn will inspire me to spin more of the fleece.  My shawl will be ivory color but isn’t it beautiful?

 

I’m finishing up a lace beret on another set of needles and I’m so grateful that I have several stitch markers in my stash.  This hat is almost done as I just need to do the 2×2 ribbing for it.

 Later in the month I will make a similar hat but on larger needles as this one appears to be on the small side.  Looking forward to making summer based hats which will be great for the beach or camping trips in the mountains.  Hoping lighter weight hats will sell this summer during my farmer’s market.

The Estes Park Wool Market class schedule is out and there is a one day class on spinning Orenburg lace yarn.  The class is $100 but I’m thinking it will be well worth the expense to learn this technique on my Ashford wheel so that I can produce high quality lace (cobweb lace) yarns.  Also with this technique a little fiber goes a long way!  It will also give me a reason to continue to spin silk fibers as the wool is plied with silk for the finished project.  Galina Khmeleva is the teacher of this class and it would be so neat to meet her as I own her videos on this topic.  I still have a few weeks to decide but it would be a nice treat for myself and a means of getting away for a couple of days.  Everyone that knows me knows that I adore Estes Park.  It is one of my favorite towns in all of Colorado.  We have our favorite restaurants and enjoy watching the wildlife in and around town.

Well I’m off to knit my shawl but will post progress in a few weeks – stay tuned!

 

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Spinning Lace weight yarn

I am loving my little Ashford Traveler spinning wheel.  Still have a lot to learn about rations and such but it is allowing me to spin fine yarn rather easily.  I combed about 3oz of the Romney fleece with a dog comb and spun a fine single on the Ashford.  After chatting with a member of the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild I decided to try my hand at Navajo plying the single.  It turned out pretty well even if it is a bit over twisted but I managed to keep the yarn thin as a 3 ply.  Not sure if I will keep the yarn in its ivory color or have my friend dye it for me.  As I have about 5 lbs. of fiber left I’m fairly certain I can get enough yardage to make a shawl!  The Wensleydale was made into a 2 ply fingering weight yarn using my hand carders to open up the locks for spinning.  It is also an ivory color yarn but has more nepps than the Romney due to the sheep not being coated and using the hand carders for fiber prep.

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Wensleydale 2 ply yarn

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Romney 3 ply yarn

This month I also spun the dyed Leceister wool from the Louet pack and Navajo plied it to keep the color consistent.  I finished 2 hats (one for the Recycled Lamb shop and one for me).  I’m still working on my fingerless gloves and the table runner but as they are intricate lace projects progress is rather slow.  It has been a productive month thus far and I’m enjoying spinning from the fleece for my yarns.