May was another productive month for me spinning-wise. I finished spinning another pound of fiber bringing my total for 2012 up to 6 lbs – halfway to my goal! It took me a little longer to get the pictures that I wanted because it seems like it has rained everyday here since the first of June (no, I’m not complaining although a little more sun would be welcome).
This month I lucky enough to spin 4 oz of Gotland Sheepswool (pictured above) which I was very excited about. The colorway is “Robin Red Breast” by Spunky Eclectic. It is a long wool with a beautiful, silky, slippery feel very much like mohair. My 4 oz bump of fiber got spun up into 2 ply fingering weight yarn which is destined for handspun socks. I really love using longwools for socks because I find it makes them nice and durable (which socks certainly need to be).
The next spin was 4 oz of merino in “Paper Roses” colorway by Greenwood Fiber Works. This is one of my absolute favorite colorways and unfortunately, my pictures just don’t do it justice. This braid of fiber was spun up to approximately 450 yards of 2 ply fingering weight goodness and I’m thinking that it would look great knit up into a pair of cozy armwarmers.
My third spin for May was 4 oz of BFL in “Shades Of Burgundy” colorway by Greenwood Fiberworks. I love mix the rich plums and light mauves in this colorway! I have another 4 oz of this to spin and my plan is to evenually knit an Oaklet Shawl (I love Tina’s so much that I definitely need my own!).
And last but certainly not least is 4 oz of Polwarth in “Tribe” colorway by Greenwood Fibers. This was fractally spun to a 3 ply DK weight yarn with the plan of knitting a super cozy pair of thrummed mittens. I love the roundness and bounce of 3ply polwarth. So squishy and cozy!
With all this yummy handspun growing monthly in my stash, I’m thinking I may have to take 2013 off from spinning just to knit all the wonderful project I envision for all of it (just kidding)! I must say that I have been enjoying every minute of my 12 lbs in 2012 experience and I LOVE looking into my stash to pick out yarn for new projects. I have learned a lot so far this year about fiber, yarn structure, and sheep breeds and their fiber characteristics and I look forward to diving in even deeper.
So what have you been busy with? What new and crafty things are you trying out? I’d love to hear all about it!