For a while I've been thinking that I should spin some wool for a neighbour who is a keen knitter and crocheter. I always have more ideas and intentions than time or energy to carry them out, but I began this task on my to-do list yesterday.
I think 400g should be enough to be useful. I weighed out 100g of wool top on my kitchen scale and then measured out three more strips the same length. 100g of wool pretty well fills one bobbin, so that will be two batches of two bobbins spun and then plyed together. At my present rate of progress, that'll take me four days.
My daughter and granddaughter spun a bit of wool for me as a Christmas present using a drop spindle. I have drop spindles, a spinning wheel, and plenty of roving. Now I just need to get the technique down!ReplyDelete
I'm sure your neighbor will be thrilled with your gift! It's obvious you know what you're doing. My goodness, you even know how to measure in advance to get the results you want! I think I need to find someone like you close by to tutor me.
Ah, I've had many years of experience! Pity I'm not a bit nearer to help you. Will you be able to use the spindle spun in your weaving?Delete
Lucky neighbour she, thoughtful neighbour you :-)ReplyDelete
But I disagree with the statement that you don't get enough stuff done !!!
I am sure she will love it and hand spun even better.ReplyDelete
What a thoughtful idea!! :)ReplyDelete
Indeed a lucky neighbour. What a beautiful creamy coloured wool!ReplyDelete
I am a beginner to spinning learning from internet tutorials and written instructions. Its going quite well.. I am improving but I have a question that might be dumb... From 100g of fibre will you get 100g of spun wool. Or does it depend upon how thick or thin you spin the wool. My issue is knowing how much fibre to buy in order to make enough spun wool to actually knit a garment.ReplyDelete
Yes, you will get 100g spun wool, but whether that is enough for your needs does depend on how thick or thin you spin it. Finely spun wool will go further than thicker wool. I've spun this quite fine, so 400g will be enough for a garment, but only because it is fine. My suggestion is that you start with 500g, then tailor your garment to how much that comes out as. Does that make sense?Delete
What a lovely gift to give to your neighbour!ReplyDelete