Sunday, October 05, 2008

Spin, Spun, Span*

After days of waiting, this morning the sun finally came out and stayed out for an extended period of time. So, I immediately grabbed my camera and my latest handspun for its photo shoot.

I'm quite happy with how this yarn turned out. I split the fiber into halves to get a random color effect. I also used my fast flyer for the first time on this yarn, although I used the standard flyer to ply.

The fiber, if you recall, was shades of gray with the slightest hint of purple. That, combined with the alpaca content of the fiber, gives a delightfully tweedy look to the finished yarn that I just love.

See that pretty halo? This will look so nice as something lacy, though what I haven't decided just yet.

The specs:
Fiber: 70% superwash merino/30% alpaca from All Spun Up
Yarn: two ply, heavy laceweight/light fingering weight, approximately 444 yards
Spinning: spun on my Lendrum: singles spun on fast flyer, lowest ratio; plied on standard flyer, highest ratio

*The Mister's suggestion for the title of this post.


  1. That color will be gorgeous for lace knitting!

  2. Bah, guess I'll be keeping my itchy hands off this one. :(

  3. Hmmm...Swallowtail Shawl? ;)

  4. I love the look of ASU's merino/alpaca!!! I've been wanting to get some myself! So gorgeous!

  5. Anonymous3:10 PM

    That is beautiful! It'll look wonderful as lace.

  6. Anonymous4:34 PM

    wow, your handspun looks so consistent! I can only hope I get that good...

  7. Anonymous2:36 PM

    I also love the tweedy effect. It's beautiful!