Last week I tried spinning superwash merino batts. Oi! This stuff is slippery as a wet eel, and I'm guessing it's not the best undertaking for new spinners. (just call me crazy.)
Onto spinning progress-- This week I've improved a great deal. The yarn is becoming more consistent. The thin and thick parts are evening out, the clumps dissapearing, and my singles are certainly less enthusiastic than a week before. (That is, it's not curling back on itself like 1500 piglets in a pen with their bums in the air.)
Oh, and I remembered to take a photo of the plied yarn with the original fiber! Well-- for one of these photos, anyway. Above is "Fall" by The Range at Etsy.com. Lovely dye work, great price.
Crown Mountain Farms-- oh how I love thee.
I will now refer to you as "Crack Mountain Farms"
Remember the sock hop love? I never ordered any skeins, but I did pick up a few colors of roving. At $19 for 8.5 oz of superwash handyed merino roving, its a stellar price compared to similar kits from Blue Moon Fiber Arts (Sheep to Shoe is 8.5 oz for $30), or many Etsy sellers with averages at $15 for 4oz of superwash merino.
From 8 oz. I was able to spin approx. 378yds of tighly plied sportweight sock yarn. I just love the way it turned out.
First Handspun Project: