My Blue-faced Leicester roving spun up as a fabulously soft, squishy bulky. I couldn't keep from gently squeezing the ball each time I walked by it. Now I caress and press this baby jacket as I work it. I think that when it's finished I will dub it the One Pound Baby Jacket. The yarn is so bulky that I can just barely fit 70 yards plied on the bobbin. The first skein was in the basket for several days before I decided on this pattern. It didn't take me long before I was out of yarn and I hadn't finished spinning more! That evening I finished another and hung it to dry (it takes a couple of days because it's so thick). Yesterday morning I wound the ball and finished the back and the right sleeve. There's enough yarn to get a few inches on the left sleeve and I started spinning again last night hoping to get a third hank drying. It was late so I had to stop with just the first bobbin finished. Today I will do another and ply it. Of course that means 2 more days of drying. This is a fun (albeit scattered) process for me.
I've been re-reading Elizabeth Zimmerman's, The Opinionated Knitter. She was the inspiration behind leaving this yarn natural instead of dying it. I'm eager to try the Baby Surprise Jacket and the Tomten but this was a good starting point for getting an understanding of how much bulky hand-spun I'll need to tackle them.
I up-sized the called for needle to a 10 1/2. The bulky yarn and the bigger needle are giving me a jacket that I believe when finished will be a 12-18 month (luckily I have little bodies that will let me know). It's wonderfully stretchy giving much leeway and the sleeve has Elizabeth's sewn bind off making them, too, nice and elastic so you can comfortably roll them back.
Well, I'm off to finish spinning the rest of the pound of roving waiting at the wheel. Yup, the One Pound Baby Jacket!