Item #1: Knitters that complain of too-tight bind offs at the tops of toe-up socks – where are you?

That’s the first of the Sock Candy ankle socks (they’re actually higher than I expected – I weighed the skein as I went and knit right to 50%) and as you can see, there’s a bit of a problem. I wasn’t really trying to bind off loosely or anything, just with normal tension and in pattern (2×2 rib). Obviously I’m going to have to go back and do it again tighter! Maybe even go back to before the ribbing and decrease, since it does hit at a skinner place on the leg.

Item #2: Cashmere. I spun cashmere, and lo, it was…difficult. Man was it hard.

So slippery and short. I tried short draw – I don’t have much experience with it, and it’s too slow and too much effort. So many movements! I tried from the fold – okay, better than short draw, but I dunno.

Finally have mostly settled on a sort-of long draw – I pinch the twist back with my right hand, draft back with my left hand and slide them along together as a unit, more or less. It’s rather thick and thin, but still – so soft. I have another 50 g to spin up, then it’s plying time.

Unfortunately…there’s a bit of scurf in the fibre. It didn’t bother me at first, but I’m thinking it’s more gross as I’m going. It’s really not much, but still. (In case you don’t know what it is…it’s like goat dandruff/skin cells/ew.)

Bonus spinning photo – the second skein of the colourway from last time – you can see how even though the top layer on the bobbin is fuschia, it’s blue underneath! This one has less fuschia, I think.

3 Responses to “loose bind offs and cashmere”

  1. Briana

    *raises hand*

    I am a knitter who complains of too-tight bind-offs! Or at least, on my first pair of toe-up socks – I tried several techniques before realizing that the sewn bindoff was what I needed. Of course, I recently finished my second toe-up sock, and my picot bind-off seems pretty loose…

    Lovely handspun, as usual!

  2. Amie

    It’s counter-intuitive (to me, anyway) but cashmere and cotton and other super short fibers need to be spun long draw. Let the fibers do the work for you and you’ll be much happier.

  3. Katherine

    Have you tried a backstitch cast-off (aka cast-on cast-off)? Instead of doing a chain bind-off, cut the yarn about 3x the circumference of the sock and backstitch through the stitches (E. Zimmerman’s Knitter’s Almanac has excellent diagrams, as do other books). It looks like a cable cast-on when you’re done and is as stretchy as a cast-on too.


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