I don't know if I mentioned it, but I got a spinning wheel (a Kromski Sonata) (spinners like to know those things) in February, and I've very much enjoyed adding to the fiber madness of my life.
Please indulge me as I post some of my recent spinning efforts. When I started, like everyone else starting out, I spun big lumpy yarn. Then I gradually got better at it and spun the teeniest tiniest thinnest yarn I could. That's great, but I was left with really thin, super-over-plied yarn that had the gentle consistency of electrical wire.
Now I know that I can spin yarn a little thicker and looser and ply a little less frantically, and I'll end up with yarn that I actually want to knit with.
Here is some nice yarn spun from fiber from Spunky Eclectic. Merino wool, "Night Owl" colorway:
I knit the Morningside Neckwarmer by Jared Flood from it for my husband. This is the first thing I've ever knit out of handspun yarn. I might cry!!
Here is some nice yarn spun from fiber from Corgi Hill Farm (as the "owner" of several goofball corgis over the years, I love to buy fiber from this farm). 70% Bluefaced Leicester, 30% silk:
This was a dream to spin - my first time spinning anything with silk. I don't know what I'm going to do with it, other than to just gaze at it lovingly.
Finally, here is some nice yarn spun from fiber from Homestead Wool and Gift Farm. I have to give them a shout-out because what they're doing is so awesome. Check out the website and then buy some yarn or fiber from them.
This fiber was a Lincoln cross (sounds like I know what I'm talking about, eh? I don't.) It was fuzzy and fun to spin and the bluey-green color was like sea glass. I also don't know what I'm going to make with it.
Hey, you spinners out there - do you have favorite projects you like to knit with your handspun? I'm still intrigued by the fact that I can make yarn, let alone knit with it. The yarn itself is like the finished object!