Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Second Attempt at Handspinning Tunis Wool Sock Yarn

A couple months ago I decided to try my hand at spinning some 3 ply sock yarn from our Tunis wool. My result was a bulky weight yarn that I used for slipper socks.

I decided to try again, practice makes perfect, right?

After spinning some thinner singles, and plying them together, I used my handy WPI (wraps per inch) tool to see the result. It wasn't the "sport weight" that I was trying for, but it was far from bulky. I managed to spin a 3 ply DK weight (barely) but it will work for another sock pattern I found on Ravelry.

Unfortunately, once I checked the yardage I had spun, I have enough yarn for just one sock, So, I am back to the wheel, spinning more yarn.

It will be a while before I will be ready to knit socks. After I have the amount of yarn I need, I need to dye the yarn before knitting.

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  1. Poor you having to spin some more!

  2. You're so right, practice does make spinning better! It must be wonderful to be able to create things using wool from your own sheep :-) I love handspun yarn for socks, they just feel awesome on the feet.

  3. I need to practice again. I would love to raise alpaca some day.

  4. I just love your sheep and yarn pictures! Question: about how long does it take to spin wool into yarn to make a pair of socks?

    1. Thanks!
      With the 3 ply it takes a little longer. I don't really keep track of time, but several hours to spin a 3 ply.


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