Sunday, May 12, 2019

Spring Spun

This past Friday evenings I sat at my wheel, as I normally do on Fridays. Having finished my singles earlier in the week, I was ready to ply and see how the finished yarn would look. I managed to get through the entire bobbin before bedtime, so I while I was excited to be done, I knew that it likely meant low yardage. I wound up the skein Saturday morning and gave it its bath, and by this morning it was dry.

Thanks to my sister-in-law, I'm now the proud owner of an Instagram Succulent.

I have mixed feelings about this skein. I'm very pleased with how it turned out, but at only about 242 yards, it's much less yardage than I was hoping for from a fingering-weight skein. The fiber was Corriedale from Southern Cross Fibre in the colorway Spring. While I can see the colors of crocus blooms in the yarn, it also looks a little bit like a mashup of Halloween and Mardi Gras colors.

I have some undyed dark brown Corriedale in my stash and think I will spin up a smaller contrast skein to go with it.

On my wheel now is some more Southern Cross, this time Polwarth in a gorgeous colorway called Millefiori:

I've split the fiber in half lengthwise and am once again spinning end to end, and I'll chain ply when I'm done with the singles. And I already know what's going on the wheel after this spin is done:

I may not be buying any new fiber, but surely winning some in a giveaway doesn't count toward the prohibition? Sherrill posted this fiber on Instagram, and as I never win contests, I figured there was no harm in entering. So you can imagine my surprise when I did win! This is a Targhee/bamboo/silk braid in a colorway called Lilac Girls after the book of the same name (a book I read while we were in Florida most recently). I'll either split the braid in half lengthwise and spin a two ply, attempting to match up the color as much as possible, or spin it fine end to end and chain ply.


  1. Sorry about the reduced yardage of your Spring skein, but hopefully a brown contrast skein will help. (And I think it matches your instagram succulent!) I'm looking forward to seeing Lilac Girls spun up; it's a beautiful braid!

  2. So much fiber-y goodness! That Spring skein looks a lot more like Fall to me ... but it's still pretty. and I cannot wait to see the yarn that comes from those other two. I love the fiber content in the purples ... yum!

  3. I think that might be a "problem" with Corriedale. I too struggle to get good yardage from it - though I dearly love the fiber!