Having been busy over the last couple of weeks working on a knitting pattern commission I must confess that I haven’t made any progress on the spinning of the wool for my ‘Sheep Heid’ hat that I had mentioned in my last post. Oops.
I’m pleased to report that I haven’t been idle in my woolly explorations though. On the 13th June I had a lovely day at an event that two of my close friends and I had organised in the guise of the West Northumberland branch of the Knitting and Crochet Guild to ‘celelebrate’ Worldwide Knit in Public Day. While I was really there to demonstrate stranded colour knitting I also took along my spinning wheel in case any of the ladies wanted to have a go. I chose some Jacob tops that I had bought from Wingham Wool Work at Yarndale as a ‘sacrificial’ fibre as it was relatively inexpensive and a nice fibre to spin. So, of course having started spinning it up I had to finish and over the course of the next week or so I spun the rest of it up and plied it into a 2 ply yarn. The WWKIP day was so busy I didn’t manage to take any photos of the spinning but here is a picture of the finished yarn.
I’m very pleased with how the yarn has turned out considering it was fairly quick work. It has worked out as 9 wpi, so is on the fence between an aran and chunky weight, Next I need to knit up a swatch to get a feel for its guage and handle so I can decide what to knit it into. So far it feels like a nice soft springy yarn and I’m looking forward to getting to know it better.