I've been doing a bit of spinning this winter. Not a lot, because winter is full-on-knit-warm-stuff season, but enough to keep the love for putting twist into fibre going.
First up, one of my Grafton Batts. Frankly, I referred to this as ugly batt the entire time I was working with it. Not my colours (it's from my Colourways membership). Too much yellow and too much grey and lavendar tones--just not my thing. But any fibre is good to practice on, so I worked on my long draw and making a soft lofty 2ply.
Mission accomplished. And it does look much nicer spun up. There's a strip of turquoise in it that will be interesting when it's knit up. I split the batt in half and tried to maintain the colours, but it wasn't as definitively striped as some others, so that part wasn't completely successful. I ended up with about 120m of worsted weight yarn.
My lastest spinning was with Into The Whirled falklands in the colour Terra. I bought this at Rhinebeck and I adore this colour. I have the braid in my Ravatar. This time I confess I didn't have a plan, except to chain ply so I could maintain the colour runs without the barber pole effect (don't get me wrong, I like that too, but wanted to mix it up a bit). I'm pretty happy with the finished product (130m, 12wpi), but I overplied in a few places (it got away from me) and it's a bit less lofty that I hoped for. It'll be good for gloves or something. The colours are AMAZING. I will get more--maybe for socks.
Both yarns really benefitted from a good hard wash. I used the instructions in The Intentional Spinner: hot and cold baths, lots of agitation (I wore my rubber gloves) a good thwacking--having a fully tiled bathroom is fantastic for this--and I weighted the yarn while it was drying (I used a pretty heavy weight for the chain ply and most of the kinks came out). I may run the Terra yarn through the wheel to get rid of some of the twist, or I might not.
Right now I have some superwash merino Lisa Souza roving in Mardi Gras on the go. This time I'm attempting to spin my first sock yarn. I feel the need for speed! Lots of twist going into this baby.