Roseann asked via a comment on my last blog entry:
Any thing special going on your Gem? I hope it worked well for you on your trip!
Yes, my Gem worked very well for me last weekend — it came with me to Graves Mountain for my fiber weekend with L-B. I spun this:
It doesn’t look like a whole lot, but I’m very proud of it. It’s a 50/50 merino/tencel blend and the plied yarn totals about 60 yards. L-B got the roving from the very talented ladies at Blue Moon Fiber Arts and the colorway is called Hot Flash.
L-B told me beforehand she had procured some merino/tencel and I was dubious about my ability to spin such a soft, slippery fiber on my Gem, because I’m not as adept spinning on the Gem as my Lendrum. But the pointers Roseann gave me when she came over to play on the spinning wheels a few weeks ago have really helped me. I think the flyer with the regular orifice (which Roseann suggested might be helpful) has helped a lot too.
I am very happy to be able to make decent yarn on the Gem — it’s such a nice compact little wheel. Very easy to pick up and take on the road! This past weekend I just popped her in the back seat of my car and put the seatbelt on her — didn’t even bother to fold her up and put her in her case.
How do you determine yardage? I would like to eventually buy a yarn balance, but I don’t think my spinning is even enough yet for it to work.
I use a niddy-noddy — I actually have two of them. (My spinning isn’t even enough for an accurate measure on a yarn balance either!) You wind the yarn on it and then count how many strands in each skein you wind. I have a small niddy noddy that makes a 30″ skein, and a large one that makes a 70″ skein. You multiply the number of strands in your skein by either 30 or 70 (depending on which niddy-noddy you are using) and then divide by 36 to determine the number of yards. I always subtract a couple of yards from the final total so that I have my skein slightly underestimated.
I spun up another Blue Moon roving:
This is 50/50 silk and superfine merino and the colorway is called Alina. Here are the singles:
And here it is plied:
It’s a 2.5 ounce skein, 164 yards. The colors remind me of a stained glass window.
It’s a dark and rainy day, so not a great day for photo-taking. But here’s the front of Elizabeth I, fresh off the needles.
And here is my knitting supervisor:
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