Now, I’m definitely not the one who invented the combospin, but I am definitely one of the people who decided that was an amazing idea. The Idea behind it, if you haven’t heard of it already, is that you take a bunch of the braids you have in your stash and you divide them up and then spin them all together, mish mash like.
Now, of course, you need pictures!
This is what I started with – a bunch of fibers from different places – some Icelandic wool, some merino, some in batt form and some in roving form.
I stripped all the roving lengthwise several times before breaking those strips shorter, and stripped the batts down too. My pieces are a lot smaller than what the original combospin video shows, but that’s what I felt like doing, so that’s what I did. I balled up allllll of those little strips into tiny nests, and divided them kind of evenly into bowls.
Spinning in Arizona! You can see the fiber bowls at my feet 🙂
Because my little fiber nests were smaller than suggested, my stripes are shorter. I really like it this way, as it was more exciting to spin and ply as well.
Even though I did my best to give each bowl the same amount of each kind of fiber, the order which I pulled the fibers out and the inevitable spilling of the bowls ended up making the stripes rather unpredictably lovely.
The barberpoling between all the colors is what really made me fall in love with this yarn.
I spun the combo spin exclusively on my BlueBonnet Bumblebee spinning wheel, which I love. A lot. It has two small bobbins and one large bobbin. The one in the picture with the freshly-picked oranges is the large bobbin. I spun that while in Arizona, and picked the oranges off of the tree in the backyard of the house I was staying in.
This is a glamour shot of all three of my EMPTY bobbins and the last itty bitty skein of yarn. I made over a pound of chunky yarn, and it is amazing.
Then begins the knitting!!
I knit most of this sweater while in class or walking from class to class, which is why most of these pictures feature the sweater lying on a desk
Gratuitous closeup of the sleeve/yoke division! I am pretty proud of this as it is my first large scale knitting and spinning project!
This is what the sweater looks like now – It only needs sleeves and a ribbed hem before it is ready to wear! I can’t wait! How long it will take me to get that far though… remains To Be Determined.