quick ‘n’ dirty review..

experimenting for BF's handspun adult tomten by Jared Flood

I don’t have anything for reference, but let me tell you: this ball is huge… I was at my mom’s house and I forgot to take a picture of the cop on my tsunami, but I’m sure I’ll get another chance.. since.. oh you know.. it’s going to be a 4ply 😛

experimenting for BF's handspun adult tomten by Jared Flood

So far I’m really happy with the way the colors are working out. It’s not too white and it’s not too grey. The spinning is mostly even and the colors are not. I pleased with the results, but that doesn’t mean I’m really happy about having to wayt fo a whole month before I can actually start knitting. The n-plied swatch (knit on 4mm needles) was quite ok, but I really want the yarn to become nice and thick.

So in my laziness and the ‘I want results yesterday’ mood I was in I started thinking about quicker ways to make a 4ply. Cabled yarn. I started out with some ravelry literature study and decided it would be best to just try some out and make a nice swatch to see how it would work out.

experimenting for BF's handspun adult tomten by Jared Flood

I felt I couldn’t decide. The left is the cabled yarn on 5mm needles and the right version is the n-plied yarn on 4mm needles. So let me start off with a list of good things about cabled yarn. It’s quite a quick process. You only need one set of singles, you over-twist them while plying and then you let it twist back onto itself again.

The good thing, obviously, is that it’s a very quick process. You can get a nice thick yarn without spending too much time. You won’t have any left overs because you only use one single, so there’s no stress of measuring all the singles to make sure they’re all about the same length.

Though it sounds great the cons, in my humble opinion, are definitely not worth it. The yarn becomes too rough. Though it’s nice because the yarn is sturdier and less halo-y, it also means that it’s much scratchier than a ‘normal’ plied yarn. Also the colors tend to blend a bit more. In some cases this might be a nice thing, but in my case it completely takes away the ‘natural’ feel. It becomes one color…

experimenting for BF's handspun adult tomten by Jared Flood

A much closer look will give you this… (please ignore the difference in size) but the cabled yarn really looks like cables. It doesn’t have the sheen of a ‘normal’ 4ply, which is also a reason for me not to use it. And last but not least: the yarn feels like rope. It has no bounce whatsoever.

Though I even tried to make another swatch with less twist the results were the same (so much even that I decided not to picture them). I will create a normal 4ply. One with random color changes and one with nice bouncy and springy yarn.

experimenting with doggy fur

Encouraged by some people at Rav I got encouraged to try to blend some of Pip’s fur. I wanted a mix with silk but I only had some tencel lying around (which was fine as well). The tencel is pink because of some happy dye accidents which ended up in pink tencel. Unfortunately the tencel was dyed with food coloring, which does not work as I discovered, and will lose all the pink during the next wash.. 😛

experimenting with doggy fur

The short hair was from the last grooming, and is quite short (and a bit prickly)

experimenting with doggy fur

The unwashed 20m of yarn look like this. It’s a 2ply yarn with a glitter thread plied with it.

experimenting with doggy fur

Haven’t washed it yet.. but I will 😛 I wonder how much of the pink will stay and how halo-y this yarn will be. It’s not the softest yarn, but we’ll see what it wants to be 🙂

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