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Test-driving my new toy

Back in the spring, I entered Shiela’s competition on the Handspinner website to create a blossom themed project.  My hat was selected by the judge as a winner and the voucher I was given has been burning a hole in my pocket for a couple of months.

Now, I love my Ladybug wheel dearly, but have never been too happy trying to ply multiple singles from the inbuilt lazy kate.  I tried a four ply.  Once was enough…  So, I decided to use my voucher to buy an Ashford Competition Lazy Kate.

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I’ve only used it once, but what a difference it makes!

I had been working on spinning a consistently fine yarn.  About a year ago a group of us on Ravelry were trying to spin 800 yards of two ply from 100g of fibre.  I had been spinning for about six months back then and got to about 500 yards and was pretty chuffed with that 🙂  I didn’t start spinning this fibre with a goal in mind, but I ended up with around 550 yards of three ply – so that’s 1650 yards of singles and if I’d made two ply I’d have got just over the magic 800 yards.

The fibre is Whisper from World of Wool – £3.50 for 100g:

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Elegantly Wasted…

The quest to put more and more fibre through my carder is continuing.  I began to worry that I might not have enough fibre to keep me going.   (I ignored the boxes of stashed away stuff.  Variety is what I was after…)  In need of an instant fix I ordered a 500g mixed waste bag from World of Wool http://www.worldofwool.co.uk/products/36/special_offers.htm

A very well stuffed bag arrived a couple of days later – it must have had the air well and truly squished out of it as once I undid the knot at the top it pretty much tripled in size.  Here’s what I got:

Mostly merino (I think!) – there’s over 100g of the green merino in the bottom right of the photo, but also some humbug looking something (shetland or BFL) shown on the bottom left.  Should keep me carding for a while?