The weather has turned hot and humid here in Eastern New York State, and I am spending the afternoons inside with the AC on...spinning.
Since my last post about this project, I have taken some pictures of what I am working with at the drum carder.
These 3 fibers, (clockwise from 9 o'clock)natural angora (black that appears grey); undyed Corriedale wool; and dyed Cormo wool:
are blended together in one pass on the Supercard to get this:
I worked out many sample skeins before I got to the one that had the twist/color blend that gave me what I was looking for. It ended up wanting to be a 3 ply:
Just for fun, I have calculated how long it took me to make this skein.
Since it is fruitless to figure the time I took to raise the rabbits and shear 4 of them for the angora used in this sweater, I will start from the raw fleece point.
I purchased a natural charcoal Corriedale wool fleece; a natural white Cormo wool fleece and washed both of them. I dyed the Cormo fleece with Cushings 100% Dark Grey and 25%Turquoise Blue and carded it once on the Supercard as the tips refused to open well enough through the five washes/dye baths. Then I made up 2.2 oz batts of 1/3 each angora, Cormo, Corriedale. Then I spun them as a pretty thin singles with moderate twist on my Norman Hall wheel (I really should put up a picture of this wheel at some point, eh?), plying three 2.2 oz bobbins to make 1 - 3 ply 6.6 oz skein of approximately 300 yards.
This took, allowing partial times for the dyeing/washing of whole fleeces, 15 hours.
The yarn looks like a worsted weight and although I haven't knit it yet (next week!) I think it will be around 4.5-5 stitches=1". So, I figure I need to make 2000 yards to have more than enough for an oversized sweater. This equals almost 7 skeins.
I plan on getting one or more skeins a week done, leaving the last one for finishing on my trip to Marie's in July. There we will toast this part of the project's completion, as I plot the sweater.