spin possible – mission objective: socks

spinpossible – mission objective: socks

Michael Kelson

Sunday PM

There’s nothing quite like the feel of socks knit from your very own handspun yarn, but you want to make sure your socks last longer than it takes to spin and knit them!

This class will discuss yarn construction techniques that are appropriate for socks and examine various fibers and blends that will attain the perfect balance of strength, comfort, and durability. We will also discuss spinning with down and down-like breeds (Cheviot, Dorset, Suffolk, Southdown), and we will test spin several of these fibers and blends.

Skills you will learn:
- Identifying fibers and blends that will make good handspun sock yarns
- Spinning down fibers and blends for socks
- Ply structures you might chose for your sock yarns (3-ply, 4-ply, cabled yarns, opposing-ply structures)

Skill level:
Successful students will have a good working relationship with their spinning wheels, be able to spin a consistent single, and have some experience plying and finishing yarn.

Material Fee:
$15 – instructor will provide all fibers for class.


Student Supplies:
A spinning wheel in good working condition with extra bobbins, notebook, lazy kate (if you have one). Bring any tools you might like to use (hand cards, mini-combs) and any fiber you would like to practice with.

Homework: None