I’m not much of a joiner, unless it’s a fiber club. I signed up for the into the whirled fiber club, and, of course, I went whole hog and doubled it. That means that every month, I get 8 ounces of gorgeous handdyed spinning fiber delivered right to my door. Correction. Every month I get 24 ounces of gorgeous handdyed spinning fiber delivered right to my door, but only 8 ounces is from into the whirled. The rest comes from two other fiber clubs.
Hello, I’m Pinko Knitter, and I am a fiberholic.
Let’s start with some lovely English Shetland wool.
Then take one of the bumps and split it in half lengthwise.
Next, we’ll spin each length end to end onto a separate bobbin, using our beautiful Schacht Ladybug spinning wheel in double drive. (I love using the royal “we.” It makes me feel so aristocratic.)
Each bobbin of singles is then chain plied in Scotch tension (flyer lead) to make a beautiful, self-striping 3-ply yarn.
When the yarn came off the niddy noddy, it looked to be way overplied. Yikes!
But not to worry. A nice long soak in hot water and a little Eucalan will help the yarn relax.
See? This is what that overplied skein looked like when it came out of its bath.
And here’s what that same skein looks like after it dried.
And here are the finished skeins. They are destined to become fingerless mitts.