Finished: handspun yarn – a red & purple, 3 ply, worsted weight yarn
This particular yarn has been a long time in the making. I originally spun the Redfish DyeWorks (bright red) fiber with the intention of making my standard 2ply – upon finishing the singles I realized that would be a damn intense yarn.
So the singles then sat on my desk for months* waiting for something.
*not a good spinning practice – but they didn’t end up too much the worse for it.
Turns out they were waiting for these 2 ounces of fiber from Wooliebullie (the darker purple-ier) – I originally thought about spinning this up on it’s own but that wouldn’t have yielded as much yardage as I would have wanted, and then when I held it with the bright red it seemed like the perfect match.
Fiber A (bright red): 4oz Redfish DyeWorks’s in an intense bright red
Fiber B (darker purple-ier): 2oz “Beaujolais” on Velvet from wooliebullie.etsy.com
(Both fibers are a 50/50 silk/merino blend.)
Yardage: 260 yards & 165 grams
Weight: somewhere around a worsted weight yarn
Spinning details: I spun the fibers worsted* and did a traditional 3 ply. The singles are spun with a Z twist, and plyed with an S twist. I also ended up with 15 or so yards of 2 ply from the singles that were left after the first bobbin ran out.
*for the non spinners – this is a spinning method and (just to be confusing) has nothing to do with producing a yarn worsted weight yarn.
Knitting plans: I don’t have any exact plans for this – but it’ll be something beautiful.
It’s soooooo pretty! Curious to see what it wants to be turned into. I agree that whatever it is, it will be gorgeous.
This handspun yarn is beautiful! I’ve recently gotten into knitting and am now getting interested in hand spinning. Do you still hand spin using a drop spinner? Or have you gotten a spinning wheel or electric spinner? Your work is beautiful and inspiring, and I love the high quality photos, they’re very helpful.
Thank you so much! I do have a spindle, and a spinning wheel, and experimented with a friend’s electric spinner. I don’t do quite as much spindling as I used to, but really enjoy it when I do. I love my wheel, a Lendrum double treadle, and the electric spinner is super tempting, but I’m not sure I spin enough to justify it.