Remember Spin the Bin?
Yep. That’s still going. Actually plugging along quite nicely, and the sweater lot is about to get rolling, among other spins.
But for now, I can show you the first finished yarn out of that lot. It began like this:
That’s 6 ounces of BFL-Nylon in the spinalong colorway “Sherlock” from Gale’s Art. (Lots of great colorways over there for you to check out…)
This fiber blend is really ideal for socks. BFL and nylon are both hard-wearing, and having 6 ounces rather than 4 means it’s easier to spin enough for a pair of socks, especially taking into account the slightly lower yardage you’ll tend to get from BFL.
Still, I aimed to spin thin… not thinner than sportweight, because to me that’s ideal for socks. (I know most people use fingering, but I find sportweight wears better and isn’t any more bulky feeling inside my shoes…)
Looked pretty on the bobbins.
I’m slightly less happy with it plied. I did a standard three-ply, and I’m perfectly happy with the way the colors worked out. But I should have used a faster whorl. It’s a little less tightly plied than I’d like. But at the same time, I think it’ll knit up just fine.
I n-plied the leftovers, and that looks really nice too.
After I finished this one, I did a full-on round of maintenance on the wheel. Took it apart, cleaned all the bits, put it back together, oiled, new drive band, new brake band. The works.
So this was followed up by a brief interlude of other non-Bin spinning while I got right with the wheel again. (Is it just me, or does it always seem to take a couple of spins to get things just so with the wheel after you change things?)
This is how I got things back to normal…
But more on that later…