July 5: Day 7
I finished spinning bobbin 2 of the alpaca/merino blend. It is really dreamy, but it was just more of the same, so I didn't take a picture.
July 6: Day 8
The alpaca/merino hadn't set long enough on the bobbin, so I pulled out 50 grams of pencil roving, to see what I could do with it. I tried spinning it while drafting it, but the result was super-skinny and unsatisfying. So, I basically just wound the roving onto the bobbin, pell-mell.
If I had plied it to itself, it would have made a super-chunky yarn. I decided to leave it until Sunday and decide what do to then.
I wove up a two-color scarf in handspun white and red. It was my first all-handspun project. It was also my first broken (and fixed) warp thread. A thread broke on the red yarn, which surprised me. The white yarn seemed weaker. I took photos, but they were all out of focus. Sorry!
July 7: Day 9
I plied the pencil roving with some crochet cotton. I like the result, but I think I would like it more if it were silk thread instead of cotton. Live and learn!
I plied up the two bobbins of the white alpaca/merino I have been spinning. I'm really happy with the result. (The photo is the top one on this post.) If it is strong enough, I might end up using it as a warp and weft in a scarf.
I warped and started a new scarf project using two colors and weights of handspun. The warp and most of the weft is a bulky-weight merino. I'm using a small amount of a thick-and-thin art-batt yarn every third pick, as a supplemental warp.
So far, I really love it!
July 8: Day 10
This morning, I broke out two more batts, matching ones. It's great that they match because I can just spin each one and ply them together. No muss, no fuss!
The pseudo-rolags I made before were a little large, so I broke the first batt into 8 strips, then used a thin dowel to make smaller pseudo-rolags.
I even got to spin for about 30 minutes, which made me happy. I'm using a smaller, faster ratio on the wheel so that this yarn will be a bit thinner than the last one. I'm aiming for a light worsted weight.