2-ply Romney Handspun, Pearled Shells Colorway


A weekend spinning project of 6.5 ounces of Romney wool in the Pearled Shells colorway from FiberFancy on etsy. I spun it Scotch-tension on my Schacht Matchless. I used my second-smallest whorl (unintentionally-I lazily forgot to change it). The finished 2-ply yarn averages between 9-11 wpi.

This was originally destined for a sweater yoke combined with the Gotland I spun over the holiday break. The finished yarn bloomed a bit more than I had hoped, so it ended up with a few too many wraps per inch. It will make a nice patterned yoke someday, just not for the sweater as planned. The whole time that I was spinning this I was under the impression that it was BFL, (it has been a while since I purchased it.) I was pleasantly surprised that it was actually Romney because now I can say I have even more experience with longwool.

I’ve been fiddling around with the “Create Collage” feature of Picasa. I’ve decided I need to do more of these. I like the idea of documenting the whole process, especially for projects that start out as raw fiber and transition from yarn to finished object. This is one pound of lovely, silvery Gotland. Costume designers for the LOTR movies used Gotland for the hobbit cloaks in the film. I spun it worsted to bring out the sheen, but that was a bit of a tradeoff for softness I fear/ The finished yarn is a bit like twine. The raw fiber feels very much like human hair. The finished heavy fingering to DK weight yarn (ranges from 12-14 wpi) is destined for a raglan sweater that I accept will probably not be suitable for wearing next to the skin. I’m going to do a patterned yoke with some hand dyed BFL from Fiber Fancy. I’m in the process of spinning it up now. I guess I’ll need to do another collage of the whole shebang once it’s done. The Gotland took me a year, off and on, to finish. I hope the finished sweater won’t take nearly as long.