If you did not read Part 1 of the series -- here it is.
I have already discussed:
- Skirting/Sorting/Grading the fiber
- Prepping the fiber (we combed the fiber in this case)
Step 5 - Spinning the prepared fiber (in this case - hand-pulled top). For this step, you will need a spinning wheel or a spindle to spin the yarn. While I will not get into all the intracies of spinning in this particular post - I spun this yarn in a 2 ply Heavy Worsted or Aran weight yarn. It came out to 9 WPI (wraps per inch).
|First I had to make single (1 ply) . . .|
This was done several times
to get enough yardage for the scarf
|Then I plyed these two singles together to make|
a well balanced yarn
|Then I wrapped it on my niddy noddy and tied it to get ready to set the twist|
|Here is the yarn after the twist is set|
Step 7 - Knitting the Scarf - you ideally should have picked out your pattern (or created one) prior to spinning the yarn. Sometimes I spin without a project in mind, but the best method is to spin WITH a project in mind. I wrote the patter FIRST, and determined what my WPI and yardage would need to be and then I sat down to spin. Here is the scarf before blocking. It is a Broken Basketweave™ pattern. You can see how the edged are not completely level. Some of this has to do with the hand spun yarn, but most can be taken care of with blocking.
|Here is the scarf BEFORE blocking - the pictures shows both ends placed on top of one another|
Once the scarf was dry - I did an additional "Steam Set" with my iron to weight it down further and to try to get it all nice and square. Be careful NOT to singe the garment, especially a light color like this one.
Now you can see by the pictures that the scarf is not 100% square and that is due to the nature of the hand spun yarn, and again, I like it like this. If you do not then when you spin, make your yarn more consistent and even with no thick or thin spots.
|Finished scarf after blocking - I LOVE the way it turned out and so did my client !|
|Close up of the pattern - Dante APPROVES!!!|
Next post - the pattern . . .