Sea Green and Sapphire

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Skein Number One

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My first hand-spun skein, from Jacob wool

Here it is, my very first skein! It’s 100g, 208 meters of natural coloured Jacob wool, worsted spun. It’s two ply, but the thickness of it is really more like DK weight, so it looks quite textured and rustic. And it’s perfectly balanced (but that’s more beginner’s luck as I certainly didn’t really know what I was doing, it just happened that way).

At the moment I am still practising my worsted technique with Jacob wool, but now I am trying to make it much thinner than my first skein so that when plied the texture will be more like “real yarn” than rope.

I am having a debate with myself whether it’s better to spin small sample skeins with each technique and therefore cover the basic techniques quite quickly or to spin a decent quantity each time so that you can actually use the yarn for something. At the moment I’m trying to do the latter, and spin at least 100 grams of each yarn but obviously it does take more time (and patience too). The advantage is that I get to learn each technique properly before moving on to something new, the downside is that it is not such a fun and playful approach. So we’ll see, once I’ve mastered the basics, maybe then it’ll be a good time to play and experiment with different wools and colours.

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Author: Heidi

I love colour wherever I find it, in art, photography, gardens, nature. I also love all kinds of fiber arts; spinning, dyeing, knitting, felting, sewing.

3 thoughts on “Skein Number One

  1. That’s a great first skein! And it doesn’t look at all like rope – 200m per 100g is a perfectly respectable amount.

    An interesting thing to do when you’re learning is to start with your biggest whorl and very little tension, and slowly increase the tension whilst still drafting the same way, then move to the next whorl down and do it again, etc, and see how the thickness of your yarn varies.

    • Thank you Helen for an interesting tip – I will definitely try that as learning how to vary the thickness of the yarn is my next step in the learning process.

  2. Oikein hyvältä näyttää tuo eka vyyhti. Itse olen yrittänyt kehrätä noin 100g satseja yhdestä kuidusta, jotta lankoja voisi sitten käyttääkin.

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