Fastest Yarn Ever
So, last week, over on House of Wool Repute, I blogged about the yarn that took me Forever To Spin. In contrast to that, this yarn was the fastest 8 oz. of wool I've ever spun.
The fiber was approximately 8 oz (225 g) of Falkland wool, handyed by Adrian of Hello Yarn from the April installment of the fiber club.
I spun the first 4 oz watching 2 DVRed episodes of Anthony Bourdain on Sunday, so about 80-90 minutes I'm guessing, the second 4 oz watching the first part of I'm Not There last night, and then plied during the first part of Into the Wild last night. So, a total of 4-5 hours of spinning the singles, plying, washing, etc. is my guess.
And, no, it isn't super crazy fat yarn either. Plied and washed, I have about 290 yds (265 m) of Aran weight yarn. I'm going with Aran weight since it falls between the bulky and the worsted in terms of yardage per oz.
I intentionally spun this yarn light and fluffy. I kept in mind Paula Simmon's methods from "Spinning for Softness and Speed", using a long draw and treadling slower than normal to get a bit less twist and increase the soft factor.
End result? A fluffy yarn. Fast to spin. Perfectly even? No. You sacrifice a bit of that even-ness in spinning this way. Do I mind? Not a bit. In fact, I'm guessing you'll hardly notice when its knit up.
I'm going to be spinning a lot more this style I think in the future I think. But now I got that out of my system, I think the 3 and 5/8 oz of paco-vicuna clouds from the Pagosa Fiber Festival are calling to me next...alas, more laceweight (but not 6 oz at least!).