Working off my momentum from the last fiber I spun, I started right into the next batch in my stash. It started off as some very pretty fluff – NBK Whitefaced Woodland Top dyed in navy-black and brown and green with some really nice pops of yellow.
Then I turned it into a whole bunch of spinning. I was hoping for a fingering-weight yarn, so I tried to spin it as finely as I could. As well, I learned from my previous experience spinning long draw and made an effort to put more twist into everything.
This was easier in part because this is a 100% wool fiber – it wasn’t as slippy, and wanted to be twisted a bit more easily. It was also easier because of the nature of the wool. I’ve never worked with this kind of wool before, but it had a fairly short staple length and a really “grabby” texture that made it a lot easier to draft than the wool-silk I’d been working with before.
Then I plied everything together. I chain-plied this yarn – it’s my default plying technique, mostly because I have so much fun with it.
And now I have yarn.
There’s about 350m in 110 g, which I’m pleased with. It’s not totally sock yarn – after measuring, it’s about 12 wpi at the thin bits, 10 wpi at the thick bits, which would make very heavy socks. I’m going to sit on this for a while and decide what it wants to be later – it would make very fine legwarmers, or really warm mittens.
I also love the way the colours turned out in the final yarn. This colourway is called “Waxing Moon,” and as I was spinning I could totally see the colours telling that story. Maybe this is just because I spent hours and hours staring at this fiber while I was spinning, but. Whatever.
Because I chain-plied, the yarn will self stripe, but the runs of colour are short enough that I think it could knit up looking variegated with the right pattern.
I’m not sure what I’ll spin next – I’m thinking of reaching for some of the fiber that’s been in my stash for a couple of years now, and trying again for sock-weight.