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I want you to know that I don't just sit around idly all the time. I always have something I am working on in my hands, and that is usually my spinning on the CD spindle. Over Christmas, while visiting with Mom and family, I took some work with me. But I didn't have anything on the needles (that I wanted to work on), so the favourite travel companion is my CD spindle and some wool. They are easy to pack!

I have been spinning up a lot of grey and some white, and took along an 8 oz package of some nice white wool. While sitting around between meals (I was on vacation), I pick up my spindle so that I don't fall asleep. In that time, I was able to spin up my wool, and then plied it when I got home.

Here is a pic of the yarns I am going to use. I have two different shades of grey made up, but think I will go with the more mottled. I wanted to spin specifically for a special project this time, rather than just put my skeins away in another box. So these are going to be socks -- another of my favourite things to knit. Because I always spin 3-ply yarns, and because they are too thick for socks, I decided this time to make a 2-ply yarn. But I like a firm twist on sock yarns, still with some loft, which are not really compatible characteristics! But these are nice, and I think will work quite well.

Now all I need to do is get started!

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albert's picture

Gorgeous,TG! What breeds are these?

Raymiew's picture

I really like the grey ones! They all look great though.

ronhuber's picture

What wonderful work you have done. I admire your skill.

Kenny's picture

Wow!!! That is some nice yarn/spinning. they are so round and smooth. My favorite type of yarn.

WillyG's picture

Beautiful. I would so love to feel the finished socks made with these!

TomH's picture

Thanks for qualifying your first two sentences.

jessemkahn's picture

Hadn't even crossed my mind. Had to go back and reread the original two lines. Now I'm sporting a naughty smile. Thanks, TomH!!!

Hi G!
I have yet to use handspun for socks because I so seldom do a 3 or more ply. I suppose if I 3 plied my lace yarns they might work. Have you done a 2 ply sock yarn before? and how long do the socks last if frequently worn. I go through a tremendous amount of handknit wool socks but that is using commercial wool yarn. I am very curious to know how long socks knit with your style of tight twist with a little loft will last. Keep me informed will you please?


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I have some handspun that I used in socks. Very fine, 2 ply. Not necessarily tight spun. Wore well. I used Size 0 needles to knit them up. I have begun ravelling out the original pair to reuse the wool for several pairs of shorter [near ankle length] ones. The finer, tighter gauge helps with the longevity of the socks. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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