I had some extra time yesterday while waiting to resume my vacation, so I started spinning. Actually, I think I spent most of the time pre-drafting; the spinning itself went pretty quickly. Here is one quarter of the Cloverleaf Farms BFL that I got at MD Sheep and Wool this year. I had done a two-ply with the first half of it, which came out somewhere between DK and worsted weight, so I was aiming to duplicate that, but I think I spun this stuff a little thinner. We’ll see when it’s plied, of course. I got halfway through the last quarter before bed; I’ll spin that up this afternoon, let the two bobbins sit while I’m away, and ply when I get home.
This was what the roving looked like originally. It’s wonderful stuff, practically drafts itself as I’m spinning. I find myself treadling faster and faster as I go, and I think I might be overspinning just a little bit. Some of that should come out in the plying, I hope, but I’m thinking of buying a cheap metronome so I can regulate my treadling a bit more. This might be where a double treadle wheel would come in handy. Not that I don’t love the Traditional, but I am still drooling over the Kromski Symphony, and one day I might want a more portable wheel as well.
I really, really want to get to the point where I can spin my own sock yarn. Thicker yarn is okay, and it’s really coming out beautifully, but I don’t know what to do with 4 ounces of DK weight yarn. It’s too thick for gloves or socks. Maybe I’ll throw it up on Etsy and see if it sells. Oooh, maybe I’ll do a giveaway right here on the blog! I wonder if I have enough readers yet, or if there would be enough interest.