As I have progressed in my spinning, there are certain fibres that I come back to again and again. Wensleydale is one of those fibres. I love the long staple length and halo of the finished yarn. It has a lovely lustre and warmth that draws me back again and again. As well, I absolutely love singles yarns – and Wensleydale has to be one of the best for singles!
This month, I striped the fibre lengthwise 3 times to create 4 stripes. I spun each end-to-end, holding my hands about 10 inches apart and drafting forward twice per rotation of the drive wheel. I spin on a double treadle wheel, so every time my feet depressed, I was drafting forward. I spun on a ratio of 9:1, which meant that roughly 4 twists entered each length of drafted fibre (9 divided by 2 = 4.5). This created a very low twist, light and lofty yarn. I was completely smitten and wanted to cast something on with it immediately!
I decided to knit the Campside Fingerless Mitts pattern, a free pattern on Ravelry, as a Christmas gift for my sister-in-law. They were quick to knit up and I have enough to finish another pair for myself!
Have you delved into November’s club yet? How are you spinning it? Please share over on the Ravelry group or Instagram, and tag your projects with #sgyclub and #sweetgeorgiayarns.
Until next month – Happy spinning!