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Fingering Weight Cormo

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I had fun yesterday reading both the sympathetic comments with regards to the klutz aspect of my life and the possible suggestions for how to make something for John out of the blue/green Cormo and silk.

Socks are an interesting thought, but I have a feeling that my wonderful hubster would just wear right through them. He's not very gentle on his socks -- which is to say, if he loves a pair, he will love them to death. He will wear them all over the house and wear them constantly. I have a feeling that the cormo/silk combination would not hold up to his love and devotion. Not to mention the fact that I might accidentally felt them in the wash. But that does bring up an interesting point... are there fiber sources out there that contain superwash wool and a bit of nylon for strength. Or is this something that the intrepid handspinner has to blend herself?

The fingerless mitt idea could be an interesting one. Unfortunately, I've only got about 4 oz of the blue/green roving (and some of it went to an earlier spinning attempt) so I'm not sure there's enough for a scarf. I thought about trying to finally give him the head band he's been asking for, but then the washability problem rears it's ugly head again.

Moral of this story... when buying wonderful fibers, be sure to figure out how many ounces are likely to be required for a reasonable size project.

And to answer Marti, who wondered if I did all this on a drop spindle, the answer is "yes". I'm still not wheel enabled. I actually like the rhythm of working with the drop spindle, and now that I've had some time to get the basics down, I'm thinking that I need to go back and see if I can't figure out how to convince my fingers to spin something that's bigger than lace weight.

I can tell you that there are sources for super wash wool. However, that being said, I find them to feel vey plasticy to spin. I do not like spinning super wash wool AT ALL. As to wether or not there are blends with nylon, of that I am unsure, but I do know there are some resources out there that talk about spinning sock yarn as a type of spinning in and of itself. A recent Spin Off magazine had an article on the subject and the Twisted Sister Sock Book is a good resource as well.

Hoep that helps!

Ashland Bay has some combed top that is a wool/mohair blend which should work up nicely for socks. As well, Paradise Fibers (and I'm sure many other vendors) has a superwash/nylon blend and a "Barefoot" blend of wool/mohair/nylon.

I think Kate Painter up at Paradise Fibers carries a sock roving blend - or at least she used to. If it's not on her website, give her a ring.... she may either still have a small quantity or might blend you up a batch if you ask nicely. :)

I think that Interlacements makes dyed roving in superwash. As for the nylon part, you could just buy clear nylon thread and carry it along the heals and toes, which get the most wear, while your knitting. Might be a bit easier than trying to blend nylon in.

I make spindle spun socks out of Blue Faced Leister wool. While the BFL is a longer staple than the cormo the silk that you plied the cormo with will add strength to the yarn. I also let my socks felt lightly on the soles. I think it improves the durability of the sock. One other tip, knit the socks with an afterthought heel to make the replacing alot easier.

Your spinning is coming along wonderfully. I am happy to see so many new spinners!

This all reminds me of someone who came up to me at a spinning workshop that I gave years ago and said, "I want to knit a sweater...what sheep should I buy?" My experience with spinning stuff for socks is that what really and truly matters is getting the hang of spinning thinly, putting together as many plies as your can to make a three or even four ply sock yarn. Then, I'd knit the socks with double heels and toes and still be prepared to darn holes. That's all part of the gig, really. I never had any luck knitting in nylon thread..ditto on spinning stuff that had acrylic mixed in with the fiber..it tends to slip. But just my two cents.

I learned on a high-boy wheel, which is basically a one-handed device with superwash wool from Paradise Fibers and loved it. I thought it was easy to handle and took dye great. I have not tried their sock blend yet.

I have also not had problems with my socks, but I have only used handspun for my socks and I wear Birkenstocks constantly--what a great way to show off those socks. My kids get store bought stuff (Knit-Picks Rocks!!) and my husband hasn't gotten any yet--I see how fast he goes (rots) through cotton socks and just cringe.

4 oz. should be plenty for finerless mitts though--I usually run close to a fingering weight and have plenty leftover from 4 oz when I do mittens and socks for me. (I wear a 7 and knit 3/4 socks.)

Oh yes, I know this is long, but your singles inspired me with some pretty Corriedale I had. I hadn't done singles since getting my Traveller and it was just what this batch needed! Thanks!

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