Saturday spinning update – George

I’ve wondered in the past why George Foreman named all 5 of his boys George. Now that I’m spinning, I think I have an answer. Each skein I finish is beautiful to me. It’s so soft and squishy and lovely that I want to love it and hug it and squeeze it and call it, well, George.

This week’s George is the red/orange/yellow Fleece Artist 50/50 Merino Silk that was my second fiber purchase ever. I fell in love with the colour.

I already spun up the corresponding teal/blue/green batch, but I wasn’t happy with my plying & so I thought I’d see how much I’ve improved. For those who haven’t been following along, I only got my lovely Golding spindle last November and I may have been spinning constantly ever since.

I started spinning this at our knitting guild meeting earlier this month. For the last week and a half I’ve been wandering around covered in random bits of red and orange fluff. Seriously. My daughter actually stopped me at her school and told me I had wool on my leg. I find that silk goes everywhere. I even took the precaution of brushing the clothes I spun in before I put them in the wash.

I was happy with what I was spinning, despite the fluff flying around. I was able to spin very thin, which meant that this took me quite a while. Using my scale, I split the yarn into 2 equal amounts before spinning aiming to end up with a 2 ply yarn.

I ended up with about 430 yards in 54 g. I finally hit laceweight! Oh, and there’s another 30 yard length from the end of the plying due to a length mismatch. I guess enough of the yarn wound up on me that the weighing on the scale wasn’t really necessary.

It feels even lighter and silkier now it’s been washed. It’s big enough for a smallish lace project. Happy happy happy!

The dreadful flu is moving on. I’m at the hacking up a lung stage and apart from not getting a decent night’s sleep in ages, I’m way better than last weekend.

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4 Responses to Saturday spinning update – George

  1. Cookie says:

    It’s beautiful! You really are good at this stuff.

    Did you know that you can ply from both ends of a yarn cake? That’s what I do when I have more singles on one bobbin than the other. I used to to the same thing when I was spindling. Might be something to think about.


  2. lisa says:

    That’s hilarious that you want to call all your spun yarn George. LOVE LOVE LOVE this! (I’m a fan of orangey, especially with pinkish…)

  3. Julie says:

    Those colors remind me of tropical sorbet, and the yarn definitely looks good enough to eat… just beautiful!