onward..

So I’m still making swatches for the BF’s handspun Tomten vest. Today we’re giving a review on the shetland swatch/ yarn. I felt the Gotland was easier to spin evenly but the Shetland wasn’t half that bad either. I might need a bit more practice before I start a whole vest tho hehe.

4ply shetland swatch

Not completely done yet, but I feel like this already is an improvement compared to the gotland. The gotland one was much fuzzier, making the garter ridges disappear while this makes a nicer fabric with a better stitch definition. The yarn however is a bit less defined, but this could be due to my ‘loose’ spinning. I think it might’ve been better with a bit more twist in the singles.

4ply shetland swatch

This swatch is a lot softer than the previous one but still not soft enough. After this one I’ll make a BFL oatmeal swatch and see how that one behaves. If that one is too soft (is that possible?) for a vest I still might mix them up.

4ply shetland swatch

The yarn is a lot less shiny than the Gotland 4ply, which in my opinion is a very good thing. It’s very bouncy and round, so I’m really pleased about that. However there is a slight (lol) thick n thin effect but I’m blaming it on the fact that I’ve never spun shetland before lol.

turkish spindle vs brown wensleydale fleece

I’d also like to take this opportunity to mention how very much I love my new turkish spindle. I’ve been testing it a good bit and now I’m thinking of spinning a nice 2ply lace weight yarn in brown Wensleydale I got for my birthday last year. I don’t have an idea of a pattern yet so I’ll have to see how the yarn comes out.

turkish spindle vs brown wensleydale fleece

At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to have a natural brown yarn or if I wanted to dye some of the BFL I was gifted, but I think I’ll go for the wensleydale first. If this one doesn’t work out I’ll always be able to dye some of that nice fuzzy warm fleece.

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