On the Wheel: Blue Lagoon

1 Apr

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My fiber stash has been neglected for a long time, so I’ve made a goal to do more spinning this year. My first time back on my spinning wheel in over a year was to spin up these 4 blue art batts. Unfortunately the label didn’t include the fiber content or name, so it is a bit of a mystery, but from spinning I can tell it contains wool, mulberry silk, and firestar. I named it “Blue Lagoon” and the depth of the blue is really hard to capture on camera.

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With the first skein I was able to get a nice 2-ply in approximately DK weight, and it was devoted to making a garter stitch hat for a friend who loves knitted hats. It came out to about 192 yards which was just enough to make one hat with just a few inches to spare.

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The next skein is yet to be finished and its intended purpose is unknown. I’ve been trying to practice a little “over the fold” and long draw spinning techniques, but I quickly realized this was the wrong batt to do that with. The mixture of the different fibers requires me to have a little bit more control over the spin, so I’ll have to pick a different project to attempt those techniques again. I’m so happy to be spinning again, and my goal is to clear off my bobbins (I have two other spinning projects in-progress) this year.

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