Spinning Again

I have been staying in the last couple of days due to the very windy and rainy weather.  Well, the rain had to come sometime I suppose.  Now it is starting to feel a little Winter-ish, but of course, not by Canadian Winter standards.

After spinning and weaving with bright colours lately, I wanted to go natural.  This is good old West Australian naturally coloured wool, called Moorit Beige, purchased from Bilby Yarns, here in the Perth Area.  After some research I discovered that “Moorit” refers to sheep which are brown in colour, and this is evident in the colours of this roving – from pale beige, almost white, through to medium-dark brown.

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This was easy and quick to spin, drafting very easily.  I spun two bobbins of singles and plyed them together, resulting in 205 meters (225 yards) of light weight 2-ply from 100 gms of roving.  The natural colours blend together in a very peaceful way.  I will probably make a pair of mittens, or a knit hat from this.

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Next came some fibre that had been sitting on my shelf for some time, and I had thrown it in my suitcase before coming to Australia.  It was a topknot from Aurelia, with black, dark teal, and some sparkly Angelina.  I must have had it on the shelf for six or seven years, so, I don’t remember the colour name.  the Aurelia topknots come in three distinct strands and can be spun in a variety of ways.  I chose to separate the three strands and pull each strand into small sections of about four to six inches long.  I then spun then in sequence, using the method of holding the piece over my index finger.  This gave distinct sections of black and teal and sparkly, but it looks great when plyed together.

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This resulted in 200 meters (220 yds) of medium 2-ply yarn, but it is not super soft.  Not sure what I’m going to do with this yet – I’m open to suggestions.

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