Thanks for the birthday wishes yesterday, everyone! My day was lovely. One of the prettiest days of the year, weather-wise, and I spent lots of time outside playing and inside making, and found a new friend (Joe, who has lived alongside my favorite walking place since before I was born) who knows a lot of things about prairie plants and history. A great day, all around. If only they could all be like that…
So here’s another spin for you. I know it can get old seeing the same old 2-plies all the time, but this one really knocks my socks off…
That’s the Happy Hooves Batt Club (Enchanted Knoll Farm) shipment for July. It’s a Merino-silk blend and the colorway is Sacre Bleu.
I love the feel of a Merino-silk blend and I think it makes the loveliest scarves and shawls, so for this one, I wanted to spin pretty thin.
Now, for me, pretty thin usually aims at light fingering weight. I’m not the biggest fan of knitting with yarn as skinny as laceweight, though like anything else, that might change.
Now. To spin this, I spread out my batt and tore it into strips. I then attenuated the strips a bit, and then split them in half.
Took my time, using my fastest whorl, and tried to get it relatively consistent, but not too consistent, as another thing I love about knitting up this blend as a handspun is the little neppy bits that give the finished object a bit of texture.
I ended up with nearly 370 yards of light fingering weight 2-ply out of the 3.5-ounce batt. Gorgeous, gorgeous stuff.
I’m looking at making this into a Fionnuala’s River. Once again, this is a pattern I probably never would have noticed, but another spinner turned it into something completely stunning, and yeah…I feel like being a copycat (though I’ll probably make mine a scarf, not a cowl…)