Thursday, January 18, 2007

Fiber For Socks

8.2 oz of 66%Mohair/34% Merino

Spun and plied but not yet washed
The rinse water was about this color
after the fiber was removed.

A 30 minute soak in hot water and Wool Mix*,
a no-rinse wool wash.
It actually is this much whiter.
Fiber purchased from Sarah Anderson's booth at the St. Distaff Day annual event, in Mountlake Terrace, WA., hosted by Area 2010 of the Northwest Regional Spinners Association on January 6th, 2007.

I spun it at what I hoped was fingering/sock weight and ended up with 18 wpi after washing, which plumped it up somewhat. 8.2 oz turned out to be 7.5 oz spun, a total of 470 yards plus a little sample hank. I finished spinning and washing on January 12th.

I will update later on the dying of this lovely yarn and the knitting of it into what I hope are socks (which is why I bought it) but could be a shawl (because I need another shawl.)

*Wool Mix, formerly available through local yarn stores from Baa Ba Joe. When Joe closed his business the stuff went on sale and Peggy and I bought as much as we could afford. It's a fab wool wash, not only for raw and just-spun fiber but for finished hand knit garments and socks. It's use for felting can't be beat. It's the only thing I've used for years and when my stash runs out I hope there will be another product on the market as good as this one.


Naomi said...

Looks yummy! Will you bring it to class so I can get my grubby(I promise to wash them first) little hands on it?

I can't wait to see how you will dye it - will there be green in it? :)

Denise said...

absolutely gorgeous!

Melinda said...

Oooh, pretty. It makes me want to get started with mine. Did you 2-ply, or chain?

Rebecca said...

Melinda ~ I 2-plied, but in retrospect of course I should have chained the single so that it would be stronger for socks...DOH! Perhaps a shawl from this batch and get another 8 oz from Sarah at Madrona for socks...

Carrie said...

Ooo I wish I knew what chaining a single was... I have a lot to learn, but I know enough to know that your spinning looks great! And yes, that wool wash is amazing. Looking forward to seeing the dye job!

vanessa said...

your yarn looks like strings of pearls :-)