Spinning Progress, and A Snag

I tried to write this post yesterday, but Blogger decided there could be no photos, so...

For my next spinning project, I chose a very squooshy 4 oz of targhee named "Flannel."  The fiber had brown and blue tones over white and was spun short forward draw.  It's always amazing to me to see how the original fiber changes as it is spun and plied.  I chose a traditional 3-ply, since I wanted to knit with this yarn.

The fiber:  I worked with the bump on the left.

This is the first completed bobbin

and the second

and the third

I ended up with this larger skein of 3-ply, plus a smaller practice skein of chain plying.  I know which one I like better!

I kind of wish I had done the whole thing chained to preserve the colors, but I wasn't sure I could do it.  It certainly would have taken longer, and there were several breaks which seem easier to fix with a traditional 3-ply.  Here's a photo of the skeins wound into center pull balls - you can really see the color progression of the chain-plied yarn here.

I'm using the yarn doubled in a knitting project, but it will be a gift so no picture here.

Now for the snag.  Remember my cloth for a sewn tunic? (This photo is pre-wet finishing).

I'd been struggling with the notion of cutting into the cloth, so I spent some quality time with some iron-on interfacing, carefully cutting out ridiculously small arcs and edges until I was ready for the first slice.  Well, come to find out, the finished cloth is too narrow for the medium sized pattern pieces.  Yep.  Awesome, isn't it?  I really love how the cloth feels, but am stymied as to how to proceed.  I may be able to make a smaller tunic, though it won't fit me, and would anyone else want it?  Or, I thought of weaving an inkle band for each side seam to pad out the width, but the band wouldn't be anything like the drape of the rest of the cloth.  Or I could offer up the cloth to someone, but there are several treadling errors that I am willing to overlook, but others may not want to.  So, as is my wont, I have put everything aside for now, until another idea comes to me, or until I just do one of the aforementioned actions.  I tell you, I should NOT be considered as someone who has a lot of fine-tuned control over what I create!

Tomorrow I will be going for a nasal swab Covid test.  I have no symptoms, but have a small procedure coming up on Monday, so I need to be screened prior to that appointment.  Great fun all around.

I've been quite moved this week by the passing of John Lewis.  In the retelling of his life's story, I've come to realize what a true treasure he was, and how much he has done for this country.  His legacy of change through words and deeds of love, not hate, are exactly what this country needs more of, especially lately.  I truly hope we can discover the means to fight for justice and change as he would have, and stop the degradation of human rights and civility that plague our nation right now.  Such a terrible loss for all of us.


  1. Not being a spinner, I don’t really understand some of the terms you used, but I can sure see the difference in the yarn that was plied differently. I must say, I didn’t find the wool itself particularly attractive, but on the bobbins it was gorgeous-surprised me for sure!

  2. I am a spinner and I'm fascinated by your "test". It's so interesting to see what results from the different types of plying.
    I have some fiber I spun up that I'd like to use to make some yardage. That's where I get stumped, at the idea. I'm impressed that you got so far! Might I suggest a pattern I found that uses a contrast fabric for front panels? That way, you could showcase your cloth!

    1. That is definitely an idea! I have some muslin on the way to see how this will fit, or if it can be used alone. I just might have to come up with a different plan, though.

    2. I just came across that pattern! It's Burda 6327. Good luck!


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