One word to describe the joy of spinning these fibres and the other to describe the insights I got while spinning them up...LOL! I've been on a bit of a spinning bug lately and have two handspun to show...so excited!
First up is a lovely superwash merino/silk blend and for this spin, I decided to leave one half of the 4 ounces as a single and to navajo ply the other half just so I could see how the colours blended and looked based on ply choice.
I like both expressions of colour but with the single, I would definitely have to ease up on the initial twist I put into the yarn so it relaxes a wee bit more. However, when I navajo-plied it, the balance on the finished yarn was very good and I hardly had to bathe it to get it to balance. I'm very pleased about this as it seems I am figuring out how much twist to put in while spinning the single and how much twist to turn back when I ply it. Yay for small spinning milestones! For more photos, please see my Rav page.
Second up is a lovely superwash merino/nylon blend and for this spin, I spun the whole 4 ounces and then navajo plied it. Although I was under the impression that my yardage was not that high, a few tweets later I had gathered a lot of great insights as to why the yardage was lower than I expected. I love sending a question out and receiving back fabulous answers from everyone. Thank you!
As I also dyed this fibre I was really curious to see just how the colours would come out when spun. The whole time I was spinning my single I was watching the colours barber pole and thinking "oh no, this just won't work!" but to my surprise and delight, the finished yarn is lovely. I couldn't be more pleased! I will definitely be dyeing up fibre this way again...lots and lots of colours make for pretty handspun! For more photos, please visit my Rav page.
Now, what to spin next? Hmmmmm...do you have a favourite fibre that you enjoy spinning? Do tell!