Handspun Sockyarn (and kittens)
The three little kittens (who have no mittens) are doing well! A couple of pictures from this morning:
Gray stripedy #1 (not too thrilled about being picked up):
Super cute and fuzzy little black kitten:
Yep, their eyes are all open, and they can actually walk now! With their little kitten legs under them instead of sprawled out to the side.
Handspun sockyarn! This was spun from superwash merino roving, hand dyed by Heritage Spinning and Weaving in Lake Orien, Michigan. Nice, nice roving. This skein is 100g/3.5 oz. (hey! exactly the amount of a ball of sockyarn! wow, and I just guessed!. I bought 8 oz of this roving, so I still have enought to make something else (after I spin the yarn that is).
Two-plyed, nice and fine! It really looks comparable to the Lana Grossa sock yarn I'm working with now, though I think I'll knit it on a smaller needles to compensate for the two-ply of the handspun vs. the 3+ ply of the commercial yarn.
The colors in these pictures are really accurate. Deep greens, purples and blues. I think taking the photos outside in the morning light really is working for me.
The whole skein. You can really tell that this is nice fine sock or fingering yarn too, compare it with that llama I posted last which was close to worsted.
I'm thinking I'll either use a nylon re-inforcement thread for the toes and heels of the socks with this yarn or hold the yarn doubled for the toe and heel. It depends on if I can find a re-inforcement thread that matches well enough.
Since I'm winding my finished skein from the bobbin onto the swift and can't be bothered counting the strands of yarn wrapped round the swift to get yardage, I'll just do the WPI method from now on when estimating the lengths of my handspun skeins. It really does take a lot longer to spin this nice fine sockyarn than something like that llama. I spun the llama in two sittings. I'd say this yarn took me about 6-8 sittings of spinning. Makes sense though. More yardage = more time.
Based on WPI, this yarn is 16 WPI, so around 480-510 yds, 3.5 oz/100g. (perfect for the sock plan).