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Other Obsessions: Sweet Georgia SW Merino and Plying Squoosh Fiberarts SW BLS

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Sweet Georgia Superwash Merino 100% Superwash Merino Spinning Fibre, 100g, in "Spring Garden"

Sweet Georgia Superwash Merino 100% Superwash Merino Spinning Fibre, 100g, in "Spring Garden"

This week, I am spinning on the 100% Superwash Merino wool that the nice people at Sweet Georgia gave me for my spin-to-knit design project. 

Direction: Z, Ratio 14:1.  

Direction: Z, Ratio 14:1.  

I divided the roving into two 50-gram bumps lengthwise, and then further divided them into 8 bumps, all lengthwise. I'll be spinning 4 bumps on one bobbin, and then the remaining 4 on the other bobbin, then ply them into 2-ply light fingering sock yarn, for my next sock design.

Squoosh Fiberarts SW BFL single. Spun in Z direction, at 16:1 ratio.

Squoosh Fiberarts SW BFL single. Spun in Z direction, at 16:1 ratio.

I'm also finished with spinning SW BFL from Squoosh Fiberarts into single. I didn't get any extra bobbins when I ordered my Ladybug from Schacht earlier this year, so I just ordered one extra bobbin from The Woolery during their Black Friday sale. When that arrives, I'll Navajo ply this single! :)

I'm happy that my Ladybug is getting a lot of love these days. Over the summer, I couldn't bring myself to hold the roving for a long time in the 90 degree weather. I've heard that some spinners having a hard time sitting at their spinning wheel for a long time during their pregnancy, but so far I have not had any trouble, fortunately.

I hope I can show you my finished SW BFL next week!

Other Obsessions: Superwash BFL by Squoosh Fiberarts

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This is what I'm spinning right now:

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I first heard of Squoosh Fiberarts as a sample knitter 4~5 years ago. I was working for an independent knitwear designer whose design used these beautiful yarns from Squoosh, and at that point in my knitting life, I had already graduated from using yarns from Michaels or other big box stores to using more quality yarns from smaller manufacturers, but I hadn't worked with any indie dyers' yarns. Squoosh was definitely my first.

When I first started spinning on spinning wheels, I started collecting handdyed fibers from various indie dyers, but Squoosh was always in my stash. I even joined their Yarn Club so that I could get their gorgeous yarns every month. :) 

The fiber I'm working with is Squoosh's Superwash BFL (4 oz) in "2025" colorway. It has a bit of orange-red, dark brown, dark blue-gray, and light blue, and then spots of undyed natural fiber. This has been sitting in my stash for a while because I wanted to save it for when I felt more confident with my spinning.

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This is going to be sock yarn, so I'm spinning this pretty fine, and in whole, just starting at the top of the fiber to the end; no dividing to play with the color sequence or anything. And will be plied in chain plying technique, since that's what I am most comfortable with in terms of controlling the twists.

Spin-ability: The fiber is very soft, and dyed really well so that it's not at all matted, pilled, felted, or damaged in any other way. It spins like butter. I just pull a little bit out with no resistance, and it consistently spins at the same drafting speed.

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Color repeats: I pre-draft a little bit just to blend the transition between the colors, and they're just gorgeous. I especially like the dark blue gray color. 

Conclusion: I cannot wait to ply this up! I'm halfway done with spinning the fiber, just under 2oz left to go.