The summer months are busy. There are beaches to visit, games to play, housework, work-work, stories. Family-life stuff. Nevertheless, I managed to fit in some spinning time during the morning and evenings. I hope you’ve managed to find some time to spin. I particularly to hope to see some new Prairie-made yarns at the Handspun Skeins competition during the Manitoba Fibre Festival.
I made a decent dent in the fibre stash and have some new lovely yarns to show for it. Come see:
The first task was to finish my lace weight (or light fingering) 3ply cashmere-merino-silk blend. 400m of delight. (Okay, they’re all delightful!) I am so happy I found this at Manjusha Fibre Arts‘ stall at the last minute of the Blue Hills Fibre Festival.
Second in line was beautiful BFL in a lilac purple dyed by Manjusha Fibre Arts. I also happened to have some BFL singles leftover from my Irises colourway dyed by Cloud 9 Fiberworks to ply with. 227m of worsted weight 3ply has been added to my BFL collection.
Next I was about to spin something else from the stash, but I was interrupted by the arrival of my Tits Out Collective merino fibre dyed by Cloud 9 Fiberworks. The wheel was empty, thus I had to start spinning this fabulous colourway. I went for my usual 3ply preference to layer the colours. I debated doing something like a chain ply to keep colours together, but if I wanted solid colour sections, I could have bought one of a hundred variations of the yarn. Nope, if I’m going to spin this colourway, I decided the colours needed to play together in plying, which is something one can’t get from a dyed yarn (when colour is added to the finished yarn). I finished 213m of 3ply worsted weight and plied the remaining 2 plies together for 23m.
Following the riot of colour, and a few purple-heavy yarns, I thought I would tone it all down with some yellow. More accurately, my yellow-loving 6 year old thought I was due to spin yellow. I happened to have one bump of “Fish N Chips” merino dyed by Studio Edefyn and now I have 236m of a quick 2ply worsted weight yarn.
At the end of the tour, I dove into one of my 1lb bags of dyed Falkland from Tog and Thel. So far I have one 3ply, worsted weight skein of 198m, some leftover singles, and a whole lot of fluff to spin.