Catching up: allspunup

The seller (allspunup) doesn’t name her colorsmushes, so I’ll just have to go by ‘allspunup’ for this stuff, which is a 60/40 merino/bamboo blend.

I started with this:

This project went through quite a bit. I started off spinning it on my malachite spindle, which was just peachy:

Until I broke the whorl (as recounted earlier):

I finished it up, happily, when the seller of the spindle replaced the whorl for me (also recounted earlier):

I set out to make this a three-ply yarn, and I’d even split up the fiber as evenly as I could before spinning it up. I put each of the three singles onto their own bobbin and then wound from the bobbins into a plying ball. Of course, none of the singles were the same length as the others, leading to this picture:

I did figure out a way to waste only a couple feet of singles. Because I know you worried about it.

In any case, this was the final skein, shiny bamboo in it and all:

Now here comes the most exasperating part of this whole thing. I had targeted a 3-ply yarn, which I now had. Unfortunately, it wasn’t fingering-weight at all. It was more of a DK weight, or maybe a sport weight. So socks were out.

I tried making socks out of them anyway. Knit almost a whole sock, twice, but even with an ankle cuff instead of a leg on the sock, it was clear that I didn’t quite have enough to knit a pair of socks. So I finally settled on a pair of mittens. Of course, I’m not actually done with them yet, but I did want to get a picture showing how beautifully the colors knit up. In fact, it’s the whole reason for this post. So here we go:

I’m pretty confident that I’ll have enough for the second mitten, but it’s such an inexact science figuring that out… Cross your fingers for me.

Comments (4)

LisaAugust 12th, 2009 at 11:06 am

Wow that knit up quickly, looks great.

kathleenAugust 12th, 2009 at 11:35 am

Beautiful… stunning even. This and the post before.

DaveAugust 13th, 2009 at 8:23 am

It’s coming together very nicely — I love that colourmush.

[…] other news, I did finish the mittens mentioned in this post. And here they are, with a fairly large amount of leftover yarn. I am a bit amused by […]

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