SinglesBecause Tuesdays are for spinning, I spent about an hour and a half at the wheel yesterday. I am working on what might be a heavy fingering weight three-ply yarn. The fiber is Ashland Bay merino in the Sandalwood colorway that I picked up at the 2008 MD Sheep and Wool Festival.

When I first tried to spin merino, I couldn’t quite get the hang of it. It kept slipping out of my fingers and breaking. Now I’m plugging along with more confidence, though it’s not as easy to spin as other, rougher fibers. Maybe if I practice with the alpaca fiber I’ve been carding, when I go back to the merino it will seem super-easy!

I have eight ounces of this stuff, so I expect to come up with enough yarn to knit something significant. What, exactly, will depend on just how much yardage I end up with and just how thick the yarn turns out. If it’s thin enough for socks, I might just do that. Or, because it’s not superwash fiber, I might knit something that will take less of a beating. In any case, one bobbin down, two to go!

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