Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January Spinning Project: Manos Del Uruguay Merino Roving

I haven't really blogged about my craft goals for 2015, but one of them is to start and finish a spinning project each month (I supposed I'll get around to blogging about the rest of the goals at some point!).
Left: Two different dye lots of the Bramble colorway
Right: The resulting singles, ready to ply on the new Schacht Lazy Kate I got for Christmas!
I decided to start with some merino roving my husband gifted me for Christmas from Manos del Uruguay; through a series of unfortunate events beyond his control, he ended up receiving two very different dye lots of the same colorway (it was either that or wait til long after Christmas was over to get matching dye lots). Luckily, I am not one to be daunted by such things, and I rather liked each version of the colorway - it was kind of nice to see the full range of variations! Not only that, but I was sure that they would look just lovely spun into singles and plied together.
Since it's been a while since I've dusted off the wheel, I was a bit rusty to start. The singles are not as uniform as I was aiming for, but I think they came together well in the finished 2-ply yarn. I spun the singles on my regular Ladybug bobbins and then used my bulky plyer to make this ginormous skein (approx. 173 yards), also on the Ladybug:
Every time I look at it, I think Christmas. I was thinking of using it to crochet some sort of tree-shaped wall hanging for Christmas 2015 - here and here are my main pattern contenders at the moment.

I'll have a finished project to share with you on FO Friday this week, see you then!

1 comment:

  1. Yes, that skein definitely has a Christmas vibe to it! Lovely.