Finished Friday: One Sock and Two Skeins of Yarn

As predicted, most of my art time is going to spinning right now, so first up are some skeins of yarn I finished this week.

The first one is my very first skein spun on my new spinning wheel. I chose to do a Navajo 3-ply (or chain-ply) to finish the yarn, and I liked the result: a soft and fluffy yarn.  I inherited the fiber along with the wheel. The previous owner thinks it may be Romney wool. (There is another larger skein of this, but I still need to wash it, so it’s not really finished yet.)

Romney wool? The first yarn off my new wheel.
The first yarn off my new spinning wheel.

The other skein is yarn that I spun and plied on my hand spindles. This is a naturally dyed Corriedale that I bought at the Estes Park Wool Festival last summer. It’s been in storage on my plying spindle, waiting for me to wash it. I have more yarn to wash, but it all looks like what you see here.

Spindle-spun Corriedale dyed with Indigo and Golden Marguerite.
Spindle-spun Corriedale dyed with Indigo and Golden Marguerite.

And now for the first sock in the pair of fancy socks (Traveler’s Socks by Stefanie Bold) I started knitting two weeks ago:

The other sock is still on my needles.
The other sock is still on my needles.

As predicted, this pattern is more challenging than the one I usually use for socks. I had to unravel a bunch of rows because I’d misread the pattern, but I’ve been much more careful since. The second sock,  a mirror image of the first, will be much easier because I understand how the pattern works now.

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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

5 thoughts on “Finished Friday: One Sock and Two Skeins of Yarn”

    1. Thanks. I’m totally new to spinning and need a whole lot more practice, but it’s so magical turning a pile of fluff into yarn that I’m hooked.

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      1. I can’t imagine being good enough or productive enough to sell the yarn I spin. But who knows where this will lead?

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