The Stochastic Yarn
venea:

My low-impact wrist exercise this long weekend was plying my @sweetgeorgia June club fibre. Both sock weight, one skein is chan plied and the other ‘illegally’ plied so I can compare how well they wear as handknit socks! #handspun #handspinning #yarn #summerofsocks #sweetgeorgiayarns #knitting

How do you illegally ply yarn?? I am confused.

venea:

My low-impact wrist exercise this long weekend was plying my @sweetgeorgia June club fibre. Both sock weight, one skein is chan plied and the other ‘illegally’ plied so I can compare how well they wear as handknit socks! #handspun #handspinning #yarn #summerofsocks #sweetgeorgiayarns #knitting

How do you illegally ply yarn?? I am confused.

Two socks worth of yarn is an awful lot.

Two socks worth of yarn is an awful lot.

Finished yarn. Fiber is 4oz Corriedale, dyed by Spunky Eclectic in the “Acorns” colorway. No idea of the yardage.

There are a few iffy spots, like that one strand right in front, but mostly it’s a heavy sock or light DK weight, under spun and over plied for a bouncy, fluffy yarn. I separated the braid lengthwise into small strips, which I spun more or less randomly, including which end I started with. I’m pretty happy with it. Can’t wait to start knitting!

Shot outside on my porch chair with my iPhone before the clouds burnt off. I know the chair is a little dirty; sorry. I tried to clean it.

Finished yarn. Fiber is 4oz Corriedale, dyed by Spunky Eclectic in the “Acorns” colorway. No idea of the yardage.

There are a few iffy spots, like that one strand right in front, but mostly it’s a heavy sock or light DK weight, under spun and over plied for a bouncy, fluffy yarn. I separated the braid lengthwise into small strips, which I spun more or less randomly, including which end I started with. I’m pretty happy with it. Can’t wait to start knitting!

Shot outside on my porch chair with my iPhone before the clouds burnt off. I know the chair is a little dirty; sorry. I tried to clean it.

nighttimecigarette:

I know this is much later than I said I would upload this but I’ve been busy =.=”
This is some of the yarn I’m working on spinning up. I’m not sure what the fiber is, I can’t remember and I’ve got a lot to learn, but I’m getting better at getting smaller and keeping it a consistent size so that’s great!!
If anyone sees this that spins please message me or follow me or something, I’d like to follow some more people into this sort of thing and learn some more about it :)

Looking great! Do you plan to ply it, or use it as singles yarn?

nighttimecigarette:

I know this is much later than I said I would upload this but I’ve been busy =.=”

This is some of the yarn I’m working on spinning up. I’m not sure what the fiber is, I can’t remember and I’ve got a lot to learn, but I’m getting better at getting smaller and keeping it a consistent size so that’s great!!

If anyone sees this that spins please message me or follow me or something, I’d like to follow some more people into this sort of thing and learn some more about it :)

Looking great! Do you plan to ply it, or use it as singles yarn?

I finished spinning the Acorn yarn over the weekend.

I finished spinning the Acorn yarn over the weekend.

Got a little more spinning done on the “Acorns” Corriedale fiber from Spunky Eclectic.

This last bunch seems more yellow than the earlier bunch… I’m a bit confused, considering I stripped the fiber lengthwise into a ton of tiny strips to prevent exactly this kind of thing. I don’t seem to be able to win!

I still have maybe 1/4 to 1/3 of the braid left. When I’ve spun that, I plan to chain-ply it—and probably make more socks, because I like socks.

Got a little more spinning done on the “Acorns” Corriedale fiber from Spunky Eclectic.

This last bunch seems more yellow than the earlier bunch… I’m a bit confused, considering I stripped the fiber lengthwise into a ton of tiny strips to prevent exactly this kind of thing. I don’t seem to be able to win!

I still have maybe 1/4 to 1/3 of the braid left. When I’ve spun that, I plan to chain-ply it—and probably make more socks, because I like socks.

littlelearnerknitter:

littlelearnerknitter:

stochastic-yarn:

littlelearnerknitter:

So I keep seeing AMAZING handspun yarn and I’m thinking I want to try it. How did everyone out there get into handspinning and how would you suggest I go about it?

I bought

  1. Two wooden wheels
  2. A ~10” wooden dowel that would fit snugly in the wheel center
  3. A small cup…

Thank you so much! I don’t know if you have any plans to do any spindle spinning on the go at the moment but if/when you do have some do you think you would be able to post a video on how you work it? Thank you so much for your help!

I found this video, I think this is what you mean. Deffo gonna try this! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gXTWgMeMgI

Yup, pretty much like that! I’m glad you found a video; these days my bad spine disc gets pissed at me if I spin on a drop spindle, because it’s a vertical spinning motion. I usually have to use my motorized hand spinner so I can sit in bed (the only place my back really likes) and spin with a sideways motion.

The one thing I do differently on a spindle is that I’m too lazy to use a leader, so I start by just hooking the hook into the end of the fiber and twirling to start a bit of yarn going. This also creates a natural stop, which is useful because toy wheel spindles don’t have notches (unless you give them one), so the already-made yarn has an annoying tendency to slide around the whorl and unspool on you without one. (If you’re confused, don’t worry; it’ll all come clear when you try it.) You can give a toy wheel spindle a notch with a file or rasp, but I find the other way easier because it’s also lazier, and I’m all about doing less work.

I do note that she’s not drafting (pulling out the fiber to make it thinner) in that video, which is a fairly essential skill to learn sooner or later (preferably sooner, IMO). If you can get ahold of pencil roving, though, you can totally learn the actual physical spinning bit before the drafting bit. Some people find it easier to learn that way. I couldn’t afford pencil roving, so I just jumped in the deep end.

Do be prepared for your first skein once you start learning drafting to be… a little quirky. It happens to pretty much everyone. If it looks lumpy and weird, just use it in an art yarn pattern. Because it is art yarn.

littlelearnerknitter:

So I keep seeing AMAZING handspun yarn and I’m thinking I want to try it. How did everyone out there get into handspinning and how would you suggest I go about it?

I bought

  1. Two wooden wheels
  2. A ~10” wooden dowel that would fit snugly in the wheel center
  3. A small cup hook
  4. Rubber bands (you only need two though)
  5. Roving (I bought a plain white American no-name kind because it was cheap and locally available)

I slid the wheels back-to-back on the dowel. I wound the rubber bands around the dowel above and below the wheels (like securing a hair tie) and rolled them up tight against the wheels so they wouldn’t move (you could glue them, but I didn’t want to lock myself into a bad configuration, so I used rubber bands). I screwed the cup hook into the end of the dowel. Then I started spinning.

As for the mechanics of spinning, I’m really not that helpful—I had a weekend class in it way way back when I was a kid, and to my surprise my hands just started doing the thing within like two minutes. I don’t actually remember learning the basics. But that’s what YouTube is for? :-)

Got about half of the braid spun into singles. The last yarn came out thicker than I had in mind; I think I may have gone too far the other way this time.

Got about half of the braid spun into singles. The last yarn came out thicker than I had in mind; I think I may have gone too far the other way this time.

Stripping my roving to preserve the colors and winding each strip into little balls.

Stripping my roving to preserve the colors and winding each strip into little balls.