Today is the second rest day, so I am going to do some rest day stuff.
First off, the cotton slubby yarn. After plying, I had to figure out what to do next! I’d vaguely remembered something about boiling cotton handspun, so I looked it up and it seemed quite common to boil the yarn with some washing soda. Since I often make my own laundry detergent, that was something I already had around the house, so I thought I’d give it a try.
I’d also read that boiling cotton yarn darkens it considerably. So, of course, this all seemed a grand adventure, and I threw some washing soda and the yarn in a pot on the stove. And promptly got to plying the cabled yarn and forgot about it.
Thankfully, I noticed an odd smell before it could become an issue. I checked it out and it looked a ton darker! Not bad, but darker. Well, I hung it outside to cool a bit, and then rinsed out the washing soda. And some of the darkness washed right out with the washing soda. I am not sure what that was all about, but it was good to know.
I ended up with 230 yards of 2 ply yarn.
It’s interesting to me, as it became less slubby after being boiled as well.
And, since we are on the subject of spinning, I’d set the goal that I would get the first 4 oz. of cabled yarn plied so I could move on to the next 4 oz. I did it! Took until 7 p.m. Sunday evening, but it got done.
I think this is going to make an absolutely stunning yarn.
And finally, it seems fitting to update you all on my knitting since it’s a rest day and that’s what I’ll be doing. I’ve been working, in all my little spare moments, just a row or two here and there, on my beaded scarf. I am close to being done now.
In all honesty, I am obsessed with this scarf. But, I am also obsessed with starting on my next project. Combine the two, and the knitting is going quickly!
What do you have planned for your rest day? I think I’ll try to finish a scarf!