At long last, I'm finally finished with my Tour de Fleece spindle project. If you recall, I started with these scrumptious superwash merino/nylon sock batts from the Cupcake Fiber Company (1 oz. each).
I spun each one up separately on my Bosworth Mini, which I'd bought at MDSW this year. I averaged about one batt a week, mostly spinning during my lunch break at work. When all six ounces were done, I mixed them up to ply them on my Lendrum. Now I have two gorgeous skeins of sock yarn.
They ended up being pretty darn close in yardage -- 298 yards and 305 yards -- so it seems I was pretty consistent. I used up all but a tiny amount of my singles (which will go on my leftovers bobbin).
The finished yarn looks to be a good light fingering weight, and with this yardage, I have plenty for a pair of pretty tall socks for me.
Meanwhile, after getting that out of the fiber stash and into the yarn stash, I almost replaced it with an Etsy purchase last week. I won an Etsy gift card from one of my Tour de Fleece teams, and I'd been saving it until I spied something truly fabulous. About a week ago, I clicked over from a Ravelry ad and spied some truly stunning batts. Before I knew what I was doing, I'd added them to my cart and was checking out. I don't think I'll regret this particularly purchase though.
These Corgi Hill Farm batts are each 2 oz. and have a luxurious blend of 50% merino, 20% yak, 20% bombyx silk, and 10% Firestar. The colorway is called Candied Violets (quite apt, I must say). I took a photo with the flash on so you can see the sparkle.
The package arrived three days after I placed the order and included a small sample of other fiber and some candy -- excellent service in my book! I think these will be a lot of fun to spin up. I'm planning on spinning each one on its own and plying them together, and then the yarn is definitely going to become a cowl or scarf or shawlette -- anything I can drape around my neck so I can fully appreciate the softness!