Last year I met Manise, one of the blog-free MA spinners, while at Rhinebeck. She and I started our spinning education at about the same time and, as part of that process, we decided to spin a skein of yarn for each other.
For my skein I spun up some of Spinderella's thrums (sadly unavailable right now) that I had purchased at the Idaho Falls Festival last spring. I used a semi-woolen technique (I'm still learning that technique) and, when done, gave the skein a good whacking around. It turned out fairly good and fluffed nicely with a bit of abuse (as is usual for me, however, it's a bit over-spun). The fiber content is unknown, but I could detect wool, a bit of alpaca and a smattering of sari silk. Since I had two bumps, the second one went to Manise unspun so she could have some thrum fun. After she spins up her bump there should be enough yar(n)dage for a scarf.
abuse washing ... ...Yarn nicely fluffed by washing
Manise sent a few goodies with the skein she sent my way. It was such a fun package to receive!
Here's what Manise had to say about her experience.
When Margene e-mailed me expressing a desire to do a skein exchange
with me I was first flattered then somewhat apprehensive. What fiber
was I going to use? What colors? Was she going to like my spinning?
But she hates yellow and green and most of my fiber in stash
contained one or both of those colors. Ahhhh!
After stirring the rubbermaid containers housing my fiber, I located
something that would fit the bill, but went back to her blog to make
sure and to check the colors she's used in her knitting. I really
needn't have worried so much. I chose Leaf Peep in Falkland Wool Top
that I special ordered for myself earlier in the year from Amy King
of Spunky Eclectic- a beautiful mix of reds, wine, cobalt blue, a
splash of white and pink and black.
My original plan was to fill 2 bobbins with spun fiber and then make
a 2 ply yarn ensuring I'd have enough to satisfy the 200 yard
agreement Margene and I had. I started by dividing the top in half
and weighed each to make sure each half was of similar weight. I then
put one half away for later use. I pulled off 10- 12 inch pieces (one
at a time) trying to maintain color runs, then divided each one down
the middle into 2 slivers , pre-drafted them and spun those end to
end. Half way through the spinning Knitagator Kathy and I had a
discussion about spinning handpainted fiber and how to tackle issues
of not making mud out of our nice fiber. She said she divides each
piece into 4 slivers and then spins those end to end or in an order
that pleased her. So that's what I did and spun the slivers end to
end. I noticed that it required less pre-drafting and preserved more
color saturation as I spun it up. I also noticed that my spinning was
rather fine and a 2 ply would be too thin, so I decided to spin it
all up on one bobbin and Navajo ply it. When I plied it I didn't pay
particular attention to preserving the color runs and wound up with a
mixture of solid color and some barberpoling at the color transitions.
All in all I'm pleased with how it turned out. It'll go nicely with
jeans and are colors that I think will look good on Margene.
Details: Spun on Alice ( a borrowed Ashford Traditional from Carole )
using the largest whorl. 214 yards. Soaked it in Eucalan in very warm water for 20
minutes, squeezed out the excess water, took it outside and spun it
like a helicopter pulling the rest of the water out and whacked on the deck railing a bit. No major roughing it up as Abby and Margene do therefore no fulling resulted.
I look forward to our next skein exchange!
OK, Margene here. I look forward to our next exchange too, Manise!
Manise had the use of Carole's wheel, Alice and the skein she sent was her last on Alice. Carole loans Alice out as a way of aiding and abating friends into becoming spinners. Julie's is the next
victim person to enjoy the company of this well traveled wheel. (That's such a sweet thing you do, Carole!) Manise has her own wheel now, a new Schacht.
I think I'll be petting this beautiful skein for awhile before I decide what it should be come. A hat might be just the thing. Thank you, thank you Manise!!