This is from a Malabrigo top that I got a couple of weeks ago in a new craft shop in Mill Valley called Once Around. While I was visiting the store it felt like being inside a candy store. I liked their array of merchandise and I couldn’t resist the impulse of purchasing some wool that was for sale. I think this color is called Mostaza (Mustard). I decided to spin a two ply yarn with it.
And here is some plain white merino wool combined with some randomly picked sari silk threads and a little Angelina spark. I love the white against the bright jewel tone colors of the sari silk threads.
I’m thinking of combining the sari silk thread with other colors and spin some more textural yarns.
Well, kind of… I didn’t sleep well last night and as a consequence, I didn’t have the full energy to start a big felting project today, so I decided to finish spinning this roving that I started a few days ago. Obviously it will be a two ply yarn. This is my Tuscany colorway in SW Merino. It took me a while at first to get control of the slippery fiber, but I’m rather enjoying it now.
English Angora Wool! This has been my new fiber discovery. I purchased the fiber at the Dixon Fair while I was vending there, but didn’t pay much attention to the label. Later on, I discovered that the wool comes from Betty Chu who is a well known English Angora breeder. A few months ago, somebody posted a picture of her on FB posing with one of her English Angora Rabbits, the name immediately rang a bell. I checked the label on the plastic bag that contained the wool and it turned out that it was from the same Betty Chu. I decided to spin a chunky yarn and plied it with a pink silk thread. I didn’t find it too difficult to spin but like any new fiber, it takes a little practice to get used to managing the slippery hair. While taking off the finished yarn from the knitty knotty it was very noticeable to see and feel the drape and the softness right away. It is OMG so soft! I can see a luxurious cowl made with this yarn. Now to the pictures…
I want to spin more of this fiber and I don’t know if I want to wait until next year to get more…
P.S. I ended up knitting a beanie, but I didn’t have a chance to take a picture before heading to Black Mountain Weavers to sale it. Nonetheless, the hat is yummy soft.
I’ve been trying to get caught up with my spinning. This is my “Tuscany” SW Merino:
This is from my last SAL “Alice in Wonderland”. I want to knit a pair of socks with this yarn, and my goal has been to spin fingering weight yarn. This is the first skein of two and right now I’m working on the second skein.
YARN SPECS: Sw Merino