Thursday, August 28, 2014

Spin, Sample, Swatch, Block

Last Saturday on the way to the Anything Fiber Sale, I stopped at my friend Nora's house.  She had recently re-organized her fiber space and gave me a tour.  Lovely with much fibery goodness.  Nora graciously allowed me to buy 3 pounds of a beautiful cranberry colored merino.

See those three beautiful bumps of fiber, that's it.
Spinning samples and using Nancy's Spinning Kards
I really like these cards, They give me a compact way to organize information about the yarn.

Measuring my angle of twist.  I wanted a dk weight with a greater than 30 degree angle and got it with this two ply.  It is 16 wraps per inch.

I spun 23 grams of fiber and got 64 yards.

I knitted a large swatch on size 7 needles.  My swatch is usually quite dinky but I really need for this to drape well so needed a larger swatch.  The swatch was washed and pinned out on a blocking square.

Measuring for gauge.  I got 20 stitches in stockinette switch.
 Which is just what this pattern requires.


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