So, after all those Wensleydale singles, it’s gonna take me a minute to spin thin again.
I wanted to spin this 4 ounces of Cheviot from Southern Cross Fibre thinnish, and turn it into another pair of handspun socks.
The colorway is Hay Sunrise. Pretty fantastic, isn’t it? I love David’s work.
Anyway…like I said, I was aiming for something sockweight. Because this time of year, I seem to want to spin All the Wools to make All the Socks. In another couple of months, when wool socks start feeling too warm, I’ll change my tune and want to make lacy scarves and such, but for now, I’m rolling with it.
Now, my favorite handspun socks all came from sportweight yarns, so that’s what I typically aim for. Fingering weight is nice, but I find sportweight to be a bit more sturdy.
Here’s how it looked on the bobbin:
And I thought I was doing pretty well at getting it thin. But, of course, there are some wools that just spin up a bit dense. And Cheviot is one. I ended up with a yarn that’s hanging out in the sportweight range, lookswise, but it’s only 226 yards’ worth.
I think that’ll still be OK for some socks. I’ll just have to knit them from the toe up to ensure I make the most of this fabulous yarn.
I’ll probably use David’s Toe-Up Sock Cookbook. I’ve knit a couple pairs of toe-up socks before, but always from a pattern. I’ve never ad-libbed a pair as I do with my top-down socks.
But not yet. For now, I’m still working on my Reading Rainbow Shetland socks. One is done:
Happy Knitting, Spinning and Wool-Sniffing, Friends!