Sunday, April 1, 2012

Spin, Span, Spun

I have been spending most every day knitting as quickly as I can. But some nights, when I just can't stand to look at my knitting anymore, I've brought out my good old spinning wheel. Here we have an indigo dyed silk and yak blend (I'm pretty sure it was yak... or something similarly weird) from Twisted Sunshine. Indigo does have the habit of crocking, so I do have blue fingers after spinning for a bit. But I do believe that my spinning is taking most of the residue indigo off of the fiber.

I finally set the twist in the two skeins pictured below. The pink to brown skein is one of my Moonrover mystery batts. I chose to chain ply it. The actual skein slowly faded from one color to the next. So pretty! The blue skein next to it is from two batts from Tanglebella. I love how it looks like the night sky. That particular skein is a 2ply.

This particular skein is extra special. The yarn is from a friend's reclaimed silk sweater. As she pulled the yarn out, we found that it wasn't well plied anymore. The yarn is gorgeous, but trying to knit a loosely plied yarn would have been a nightmare. I offered to run the yarn through my wheel.

There is only one problem that has occurred with all this spinning. And that is that there is no way I will ever be able to use all the yarn I am making. I love spinning it all, but I spend most of my knitting time working on designs, which means I need to use commercially made yarn. So I have a hypothetical question for everyone. If I were to hypothetically sell any of my hand spun, would anyone be hypothetically be interested in buying it? Money from the hypothetical sales would go into funding my book. The book is not hypothetical.

6 comments :

Psyche Knits said...

I might buy some! I wish I could spin yarn and I have been thinking about a present for the madre coming up but I don't have anything in the Beast Stash that is adequate. That lovely indigo is... lovely :)

Pumpkin said...

I have actually had the same dilemma with my own handspun, but I don't think that I cold ever sell it because I get strangely attached to my handmade yarn. It is almost like a assign memories to it. I'm loving the pictures by the way, they look wonderful!

Timiae said...

I say go for it and place it for sale. I've found that non-spinners LOVE handspun and are usually willing to pay pretty much what it's worth. As a spinner myself, I love handspun from others and love when I get to knit with it.

Could I sell my handspun? Probably not. Like Pumpkin said, I tend to find it too precious!

fern1knits said...

That is some beautiful spinning work, and you've been taking gorgeous photos as well!

peglegparadiddle said...

I would buy it! My problem is that I never know what to do with it when I get it! I have lots of pretty hand spun yarn that is hanging out in my stash.

twistedsunshine said...

love the tanglebella, my friend Judy's dye work. She also sells at my booth when we do shows. Can't wait to see it in person!

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