A Little Recent Spinning, and Some Example Skeins

I’ve been asked, what do the sock batts spin up like? Here’s an example using one batt of the Crown Jewels Luxury Sock Blend (superwash merino and tussah silk). Top: the batts. Middle: the single. Bottom: the 2-ply sock yarn after washing.

Crown Jewels Luxury Sock Blend, in the batt
Crown Jewels Single
Crown Jewels Sock Blend, 2-ply

This is a 2-ply yarn; the skein came to 145 yards, and weighs about 1.4 ounces. Later today or perhaps tomorrow, I’ll have a tube swatch photo of how this knits up on my Autoknitter (you’d be waiting a long time for me to swatch it in a hand-knit sock).

Next up, a one-ounce Franquemont Fibers hand-dyed tussah silk, 2-ply and fine:

Franquemont Fibers Tussah Silk, Salmon, 2-ply

“Look, Abby,” this one says, “It’s really past time you actually bought a macro lens.”

Here it is plied on the bobbin; this yarn annoyed me because I’ve got a chatter at top speed with the scotch tension off entirely on my Suzie Pro right now, and it’s time for extreme wheel maintenance to eradicate it.

1 oz on the bobbin, 2-ply

As much as you can eradicate noise from anything that you treat the way I do that wheel, which is such a workhorse, and I swear I treat it like I was a teenager with a hopped-up Camaro constantly doing donuts in an abandoned parking lot. Honestly, when you’re treadling as fast as you can at a 32:1 ratio, to the point that you’re sweating, and getting about 90 rpm out of the drive wheel, you’ve got the flyer going almost 3000 rpm (and I want it faster! faster! GO!) the truth is it’s not likely to be “quiet.” But I want it quieted back down to flyer whir, and I could maybe get a little faster if I could get the vibration at that speed to stop.

Any guesses as to the yardage? It weighs 30 grams, or just a hair over one ounce.

I’ve skeined it, so I know the yardage, and I’ll tell you after a few guesses. I’m reasonably satisfied that this is about as fine as I can comfortably spin on a wheel right now; it’s not as fine as I can spin on a spindle.

NEWS FLASH! Melanie (PinkLemonTwist) is just about dead on; she guesses 500 yards, and the skein came to 517 yards, and thus about 8,000 ypp.

While I was plying it for 17,000 years, I kept going back and forth everywhere from 400 yards to 700 yards to about 15,576,943,824 yards given the time-slows-to-a-crawl that some plying jobs can cause. I truly had NO idea by the time I was done. None at all.

A Found Article

Googling around for something or other, I ran across this link:

FRANQUEMONT, Chris, The Chinchero Center for Traditional Culture, Cultural Survival 6.4, October 1982.

I’d just like to say that typing in a reference and putting a link in it also gave me a moment of torturous flashback to years of parsing those with Perl, and I officially don’t care if that’s a pareseable reference, mwaha! Bite me, principled markup! You own me no more.

But I almost snarfed my morning coffee when I read this sentence:

Chinchero residents have always been regarded as independent, even contrary, by their neighbors.

Indeed, I’m going to have to ask my mother how far and how firmly her tongue was planted in her cheek to keep a straight face while making such an understatement. And yet it’s something I’d never really thought about in such simple terms. I simply can’t argue that at all; and I’m sure that most people who know me regard me in exactly that way, too.

Anyway, those of you who enjoyed the Waylaka article might find this 25-year-old article by mother interesting as well.

…And they’re up…

Finally! Fresh sock batts up on eBay, and 8 blend samplers as well: 4 each sock blends, 4 each luxury blends. What’s more, the February doldrums call for a revisiting of my November super-specials: $25 gets you free shipping, $50 gets you free shipping and a 5% discount, $100 gets you free shipping and a 10% discount! Customers shipping to outside the USA, though, won’t qualify for free shipping — instead, you’ll have to accept a free surprise gift. And for February only, if you buy an entire batch, you will also receive a free surprise gift.

I think these two are my faves from this run:

Crown JewelsHeartbreaker

I really don’t feel like watching that second one hit the road, but fair’s fair! I’ll just have to do it again for myself… after my next dye day when I’ll have to do some more blue silk.

I can tell you I’ve put yarn spun from these sock batts through my CSM (circular sock machine) and they’ve worked up beautifully, and stood up to machine washing. I’ve hand-knit them in the past, and crocheted with them, and used the resulting yarns in kid clothes! Yes, kid clothes for a third grade boy. Sock batts are delightful to spin in super-laceweight with a spindle, as well as in various ways on a wheel. You need 2-4 for a pair of socks, depending on how you spin, your pattern, and the size of the socks; 2 batts will get you a terrific hat or scarf or a pair of mittens.

Franquemont Fibers eBay Store