I was doing some organizing today and had to add to my handspun yarn bin. And then I realized that I needed to start another bin. As I was looking though the yarns (and remembering ones I’d forgotten) I decided to take a few pics to show you what I’ve got.
I’ll start with the white/grey bin. These are yarns that probably will be dyed before use, mostly because I don’t like knitting with white (I may or may not dye the greys.) Some worsted weight rustic Shetland in the upper left. Laceweight Icelandic and fingering weight Cormo and Polworth in the middle top and fingering weight Merino from Hawaii on the right top. Bottom is all CVM, in various weights, mostly fingering and all from Patrick (1/2 fleece one year and the whole huge fleece the next.)
I love Patrick. I should see if he’s still alive. His fleeces were glorious, clean and neat and an absolute joy to prep and spin.
The Merino from Hawaii was an interesting story. In one of my fleece groups on Ravelry, a spinner was helping a local shepherd. The market for wool had gone away and the fleeces were literally taking over his house. They were selling fleece for $50 for a flat rate box, including shipping (about 3 lbs). It was dirty, long (some locks up to 12 inches) and not in the best shape. I had to pull off tarry tips before scouring. But it cleaned up well and made nice yarn. That spinner has dropped out of sight and I don’t know any more to the story.
Next up is the naturally colored and dyed skeins. All of the brown is CVM. The small cakes with the large blue cake are all Patrick the CVM. The purple is also Patrick, combing waste spun thick and rough. The others are mystery fibers.
That brown CVM was my 2nd fleece and my first soft one. It was filthy and vm filled and I really had no idea what I was doing. Most of it is spun from flicked locks on a spindle. It’s the fleece that really got me committed to spinning and fleeces.
These are skeins that need finishing. The two cormo on the left and two Icelandic on the right just need washing and thwacking. The center two (both Icelandic) need plying and then washing and thwacking. I’m waiting for spring because I prefer to thwack on the front porch.
Handspun for weaving. Mostly Hampshire with some Romney/Teeswater spun smooth (sorta) and as art yarn.
The Hampshire was my very first fleece. It was free. It’s coarse. I’ve dyed it all up in many colors and I’m spindle spinning them. Originally it was spun from flicked locks but these days I comb it.
The Romney/Teeswater was bought at the same time/farm as the brown CVM. I had no idea what I liked back then so I got a fine wool and a long wool. Turns out I prefer fine wool so this fleece is slowly getting spun very rustic and plied with thread to make art yarn.
So there you go. That’s all of the handspun I have on hand. Much more of it has already been knitted into items (probably another bin’s worth). Not bad, considering I’ve only been spinning since 2014.