Finally, that finished report on the first yarn spun and plied on the new Aura. It also happens to be my first beaded yarn.
Step 1: I spun up some laceweight singles in a Corridale (wool).
That was the easy, breezy part, especially with the Aura, the wool-eater.
Step 2 is where it got dicey. I bought some size 10 crochet cotton in a pale blue, and strung three small tubes of beads on it. The stringing alone took almost an hour.
There were FOUR knots like that before I finished plying all 350 yards. I actually had about 400 yards of the wool, but after going back for two more tubes of beads (still not quite enough) and cutting and RE-stringing those beads so many times, I wasn’t about to go buy more cotton.
The beads are actually blue lined with silver, and none of these photos accurately reflect their stand-alone color.
As seen here with my yarn-guard in the background, I did quickly and sloppily navajo ply the remaining wool at the end too. It’s hard to navjo ply laceweight! I don’t think I’ll do that again.
Because my new bobbins don’t fit on my beautiful lazy kate, the Knight and I fashioned a very basic model.
One box, one long, thin needle, and voila! I’ve already put in a request for a proper Majacraft Universal Lazy Kate AND ordered the Knight to create an “adapter” rod that will allow my lovely Yarndemon Kate to continue to serve me well, regardless of what wheel/bobbins I use.
This was my first beaded yarn, and it could be my last. That’s why when Ann begged me to make some for her, I told her this is hers. I honestly don’t know if I’ll go to this much trouble again. Although, I’ve since learned there are little spinny bead bowl thingees that literally spin the beads onto the needle, onto the yarn for you…
I love to ply, generally, but the knots and running out of beads twice sucked the joy right out of this for me. It isn’t perfect, but I know Ann will love it anyway, so the yarn is getting a better home than it would have with me, I think.
Oh – and I’ve called it light fingering, but it’s a REALLY light fingering at 15 wraps per inch.
I do want to try plying with metallic thread, and I would love to hear other ideas you have for blending handspun with something else (to take full advantage of the yardage). I’m spinning that blue Fairy batt now, and it will be laceweight when plied. I am leaning towards plying it with a metallic thread to keep it a true laceweight. It does have some slubs (chunks of fiber that simply do not want to yield and be spun into something smooth), and for a change, I’m leaving those slubs in the yarn.
I’ll be spinning that batt this weekend. I’m also on Sissy watch. You can read her blog to find out why, but so far, she hasn’t been sick, thankfully. Y’all were quiet too yesterday, so catching up on my blog reading is already crossed off the to-do list. I also want to figure out how and where to store my fiber stash, not to be confused with the yarn library. The other spinners out there… how do you store your fiber? In plastic tubs like the yarn, or ??
Oh – I also want new running shoes, and if Sis continues to keep those pills down, I might scoot in to Ragged Mountain Running Shop for a personalized fit and shoe recommendation. I do realize running is high impact and thus, not ideal for my back, but I can’t just walk – seriously. My body just sneaks into a jog when I’m not looking. I’ve even tried race walking, and while I have been known to complain that I hate running, I ran track AND cross country in high school, and then would go run the stairs in the hose tower at the firehouse when I was working and couldn’t get to the gym. I think I’m a runner, so I may as well buy shoes that will help protect my back as much as possible. There’s also nothing like running to burn those calories which I must incinerate to lose this weight, which isn’t good for my back either…
What’s up for your weekend?