What makes a great sweater yarn? Lots of things. I'm in search of The Great Sweater Yarn, and experimenting with Finn fleece has been one of the best parts of my search.
I've always wanted to try a Russian-style supported spindle, so I decided after the holidays to splurge on a beautiful handmade one that I saw on Etsy. Here's how it felt to use compared to my usual spinning tools.
I decided this past fall that I really wanted to knit a cowl, and I knew exactly what kind of yarn I wanted. I considered buying the yarn to satisfy my instant gratification, until I realized that I had all the materials right at home to make exactly the yarn I wanted. So I really had no excuse but to get spinning.
I've been wanting to combine some of Silverton's alpaca fleece with purple-dyed merino for a while now, so this past weekend I threw some merino into the dye pot and decided to do a small bit of test yarn, from carding to spinning to washing and fulling.
Whenever I've spoken to anyone in the military, they all seem to agree on one thing: never underestimate the importance of a pair of clean, dry socks. According to more than one former soldier I've spoken to, it's often the single most important item in your pack.
I'd say that a pair of handknit socks is one step better. (Maybe not for soldiers, but for the rest of us.) When you slip on a pair of handknit socks, it's like putting on the coziest, most comfy sweater you own. For your feet.
There are two types of spinning projects: intentional ones, where you plan the yarn from the start, and "see what you get" spinning, where you just need a spinning project, and you'll figure out what you'll do with it later.