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Handspun Heptathlon: spinning complete!

Posted on by Mary Heather

 
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I have yarn! My Ravellenic Games spinning and plying is complete, and I can't stop squishing this pretty little skein. I just adore these ocean-y greens and blues; my favorite colors. I especially love when the baby blue and olive green barberpole together.

 
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Fresh off the niddy-noddy (but still unwashed), I measured about 280 yards. That's not  enough for the pattern, but I think it will be ok if I use the small amount of yarn I'd spun from this fiber when I first bought it. That older yarn is a much thinner weight, and while that's not ideal, I'm going to consider this my Ravellenics "Make It Work" moment.

 
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Spinning this yarn made me want to spin more frequently. I love to spin, but I want to improve my skills so that I am able to intentionally spin for different weights or type of yarn. I was able to get my singles a bit thicker than my usual spinning default here, but I lost a little consistency and the overall yarn ended up being more like a DK weight than the sport weight I was aiming for. In retrospect, doing some actual samples before beginning the real spinning would have helped me here. (Hello, obvious.) I'm one of those knitters who would never dream of casting on without a good-sized swatched (always blocked!), even for items that don't really need to fit, because I want to be sure I love the fabric I'm making. I think it's time to apply that kind of preparation to my spinning as well. While I'm always happen with the yarn I've made, I've never really spun with a particular pattern in mind before. Doing so was motivating during the process, and in the end, made me think about new things I need to work on. I love projects like that.

 
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