WIP Wednesday: Spinathon!

This week I’m going to share about what’s on the wheel rather than the needles. I’ve started working with the massive 500g ball of merino fiber for my mum’s christmas handspun. She picked out this gorgeous dark red shade of merino top from Adelaide Walker, hopefully enough for her to knit a cosy sweater or cardigan.

It feels like I have a pink sheep living in the flat!

It feels like I have a pink sheep living in the flat!

I’m spinning it as a single ply of roughly 4ply weight. It is spinning up much quicker than I anticipated and the fibre is lovely to work with.

Spinning up nicely

Spinning up nicely

After the  single yarn is spun, the twist needed to be set so it didn’t all unravel messily in my hands. I usually wind the yarn onto the niddy noddy first and secure it in a few places with spare yarn. Afterwards I remove the yarn and soak it in tepid water for 15-30mins on it’s own. With this yarn, it was pretty twisty, so after soaking I re-stretched it over the niddy noddy and let it dry, to encourage it to straighten out.

On the niddy noddy

On the niddy noddy

I really like working with single ply- although often not seen as being as strong as plied yarn, it has a lovely texture all of it’s own. I can’t wait to see how it looks knitted up :)

a close up

a close up

Happy Knitting, and Spinning!

Rosie x

About Rosiejpm

Yarn lover, knitter-designer and spinner based in Ringsted, Denmark.
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5 Responses to WIP Wednesday: Spinathon!

  1. Mary Jefferis says:

    It’s MINE all MINE ! ! x


  2. Very Bangled says:

    Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the spinning process. I have to admit I’m completely in the dark about it but it looks intriguing. And that color! Wow!


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