Porridge, flapjack, that slightly weird Scottish pudding that tastes like cold porridge with lots of whisky, fruity crumble topping, more flapjack – all good, all oatmeal.
This is the first of my ‘practice’ fibre that I got from Wingham Woolworks at the same time as my wheel, 100g of Blue Faced Leicester combed top in a natural oatmeal colour. They had white and cream and things like that but I fancied something a little different.
The aim was to spin a two ply of whatever came out of my fingers and to try to get to know the wheel a little bit in the process. In practice it turned out to be wonderfully easy to spin into what for me is a remarkably fine singles. I think that the fact that it is undyed does make it easier to spin because there’s no dye clumping bits together so it spun up with minimal pre-drafting.
The other wonderful thing is how much faster it is to spin on the wheel – it would have taken so much longer by spindle!
I plied the two bobbins together until the shorter one ran out – my spinning has got finer as I worked my way through the 100g and it shows; and then I wound the remains of the second bobbin onto my ball winder and plied the two ends together to use up the rest of the yarn. Both skeins had a good soak in some Eucalan and a snap and thwack against the kitchen door. Et voila:
530 ish yards of 2ply that falls somewhere between laceweight and 4ply – it’s 20wpi.
And of course the obligatory penny shot!
I’ve been eyeing up potential patterns and I need to have a good look through my lace books but the current front runner is the Flutter scarf which I think would show off the yarn to best advantage – it has a subtly shifting brown/grey mix – and also allow for some of the more slubby bits of yarn to be a feature rather than a mistake.
If you can think of anything else that would look just perfect in 530 yards of grey/brown laceweight let me know!