Part of the reason I have a fair amount of older fiber from Southern Cross Fibre in my stash is that in my early days in the club, the shipments felt so precious and I was afraid to ruin them (in those days, you had to wait for a spot in the club to open, and I'd been on the wait list for several years before I got my spot). I've gotten over that, though; I have enough spinning experience by now that it'd be hard to me to actually ruin any fiber, so really my only trepidation is that maybe I might regret how I've spun a particular batch of fiber and wish I'd spun it another way.
I really did not have any concerns about this spin, though. Once I decided how to spin it, it was really only a matter of days before I had a finished skein.
This yarn turned out pretty much just how I wanted it to, and it should create some subtle striping when it's knit up. It turned out roughly DK weight and approximately 213 yards. Being that's it's 100% Merino, I thought it might poof up a bit more in the finishing, but it really didn't. The colors are a bit more accurate in this photo:
Just as I was finishing this skein, my newest club shipment arrived. This is actually December's colorway, but given David's dyeing schedule, his taking a break to visit family, and the increased shipping times, it only just arrived this past week. This colorway is called Weathered, and it's on a particularly luscious base of 50% South African Superfine/50% mulberry silk. Let me tell you, this is really nice to pet!
I am really committed to working through the older fiber, though, so I pulled out what is now my oldest unspun SCF stash, Shetland from July 2016 in the colorway Organic Greens.
I've simply pulled the fiber apart into thirds, without much color planning, and I'm going to spin another traditional three-ply yarn, though I'm aiming for fingering weight this time around. Thinner yarn means much finer singles to spin, so I should be busy with this one for more than a few days.