Thursday, January 31, 2008

For love of sock yarn

Remember how I said I'd made sock yarn? Well now I have pictures! I'm pretty tempted to let the pictures express how very, very excited I am to have made fingering weight yarn that's enough for socks!!

The Fiber:
Dublin Bay Fiber
4 oz. BFL fiber from The Painted Sheep, in the Dublin Bay colorway

The Fiber, unfurled
Dublin Bay unfurled
I divided this in half lengthwise, and then for half A I split it again, for half B I split it lengthwise four times, following a trick I saw on Ravelry about making space-dyed roving into barberpole-striped yarn.

(Click to make any of these bigger in Flickr!!)

Spinning the fiber:
Spinning DB

All plied up, it overflows from this bobbin said to hold 4 ounces:
Dublin Bay plied

What it looks like washed and dried:
Dublin Bay sock yarn 1 Dublin Bay sock yarn 2

All bundled up as a pretty little skein:
Dublin Bay sock yarn 3 Dublin Bay sock yarn 4

What we have here is 380 yards, 4 oz., fingering weight. It's not superwash, but it sure sounds like sock yarn to me!

Dublin Bay sock yarn 5

I think I'm in love. I'm half tempted to pull out the sock needles right now and cast on to watch this yarn make socks! The other half wants to stare at it, squeeze and pat it. It's soft. It's squishy. It's enough for socks. I'm a happy, happy spinner. I think I'll hang onto it a bit before turning this FO back into a WIP.

As we close this week and come to the weekend, I only hope you find something fibery that makes you quite this happy!


Angel said...

Oh my gosh, you are a spinning machine.... the yarn is gorgeous- you so have to teach me to ply!

PHD Knitter said...

How beautiful! What fun to be involved from beginning to end ... can't wait to see the socks that are knit out of that!

Jessica said...

Yay! Your spinning has improved by leaps and bounds lately!! Go ahead and bust those needles out. You deserve it!!

P.S. Sorry about the article not getting accepted. I'm sure you'll have better luck the next time around.

The_Add_Knitter said...

Wow, really impressive. As I've said before, I know nothing about spinning, but that start to finish explanation helps me figure it out a little more!

sgeddes said...

Beautiful! Looks like sock yarn to me too! I agree so knit that up now!

Stephanie said...

Pretty! I'd love to be able to ply that evenly - any tips?

It looks great, I can't wait to see the socks.

schrodinger said...

I love that technique, and kudos to you on making your own sock yarn.

Anonymous said...

Very pretty on the spinning - great job!