Many times I find a really cool art batt, fancy hand-dyed braids, or batt in a braid — the colors or the texture attract me and I have to have it. What will I do with the finished spun yarn? Who knows! Many spinners ply their art just for the pure pleasure of it. There is always a place for indulgence spinning — it’s like eating comfort food, it just makes you feel good.
Periodically I spin for a particular project, something I want to weave or knit. How does one go about spinning yarn for knitting a sweater or a jacket? Several years ago, I wanted to make each of my sons a Tomten Jacket. I was inspired by some of the changes mentioned in a blog by Jared Flood. This was going to be a special project, and I wanted to add my own personal twist to it — spin the yarn myself!
There were a few considerations I needed to address first:
Here are some views of the Tomten Jackets.
Below are some of the details that I published in my project section of Ravelry. Zimmerman has you cast on 112 stitches, I was going to need a few more, but everything is divisible by 4 and 8, which is what you need.
My Schematic for the body of the tomten jacket.
What is next on the Docket?
Have you SEEN Knits about Winter by Emily Fodon? I want to made EVERY project in this book!
Barn and Soiree
Several of the sweaters (Barn, Soiree) use DK weight — you can also use a Fingering weight with a strand of Mohair Lace. For me, Spinning DK means that I have to use a spin gauge. I looked up DK and went for 12 wpi – 2 ply. In retrospect, I should have CALCULATED the yards per pound of Emily’s DK, and spun it at 14 wpi. DUH, Slaps forehead. I now have almost enough of a middle-of-the-road DK — around 980 ypp to knit a sweater. Emily’s DK for Barn and for the DK version of Soiree is 1178 ypp — I’m off by about 15%. What to do?
Sierra’s “what to do” List
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