Sunday, August 29, 2010

This Fish Is Cooked

Usually by the time I finish something that has been a slog, I'm sick of it. In this case, though, it's quite the opposite.

Let me take you back to earlier in the summer, when a trio of Polwarth braids arrived from All Spun Up as part of the summer "go fish" spinalong. The first braid was spun up rather quickly during the Tour de Fleece. When it was finished, I eagerly started the second braid, anticipating a quick finish to that one as well.

Alas, that happy ending was not to be. In part due to the fact that I was spinning extremely thin singles and in part because a certain someone greatly limits my spinning time, this fiber was on my wheel for well more than a month. In order to preserve the colors, I decided to chain ply this yarn, which meant that I started at one end of the top and spun it all the way to the other end. When it came time to ply, I was determined to do it quickly -- and I did, taking less than a week to do the job.

When this skein came off the wheel, I was amazed. It was just as gorgeous as I'd hoped it would be. Moreover, even before the finishing process, it was already fairly well balanced. It was a heavy laceweight fresh off the wheel, but after a warm bath and my usual aggressive thwacking, it bloomed to a fluffy, bouncy light fingering weight.

As pretty as it is, I'm absolutely flabbergasted by the yardage I achieved -- roughly 573 yards from 4.25 ounces, by far the best yardage I've ever gotten when spinning what is (more or less) sock yarn. It also explains why it took me so long to spin the singles; the final yardage means that I started with more than 1,600 yards of singles.

This may be my favorite of all the yarns I've spun. The only problem? I don't know if I'll ever find a project worthy of it.


  1. Wow. Just beautiful!

  2. Just Wow! I love everything about !

  3. Pretty! Pretty! I love that color balance and must agree, it may be my favorite yarn that you've turned out so far, too!

  4. Anonymous7:44 PM

    if you give it to me, i'll knit you something out of it!

  5. Can't wait to see this fishy knit up!

  6. Holy cow, that's absolutely beautiful. Very, very well done!

  7. That turned out GORGEOUS! Love it! And you know, if you can't figure out what to knit with it, you can always send it to me. I'm sure *I* could find some way to knit it... ;)

  8. It is truly gorgeous! I'm sure you will find something, but if you don't it's lovely just to look at :)