Back in January, I was still spinning the singles for my Shipwreck Shawl. Those got finished, plied and washed - and turned out quite a bit bluer than part 1:
I think that'll be OK because this is a circular shawl, worked centre out, and I'm fine with a blue centre and a greyer border. I've even swatched! The fabric is amazing: the yarn is very lofty and softly spun, and it knits into this wonderful, soft, cushy, almost spongy fabric. Though I think it'll take some time before I can cast on; there's a lot of knitting in the queue so far...
Next up: the merino/silk blend I bought in December at Rampton spinners' Christmas party. Yum!
I decided I wanted to spin this short-draw, as my long draw has been getting a lot of practice over the last year or so. I went for a thicker than average single, and two plied it into a thick DK/lighter Aran weight yarn:
I'm completely delighted with the way this has spun up: the yarn is soft, squishy, shiny and very, very pettable. I'm also amazed and quite delighted that the white silk streaks so very evident in the top have almost completely dissipated in the finished yarn. I've been swatching this extensively - I think it'll make an amazing cowl - but I haven't settled on a stitch pattern yet. Next! Naomi sent me two beautiful, hand-carded batts: merino, silk, corriedale, superwash merino/nylon/bamboo viscose. 40g of beautiful, hand-carded, wonderful, fluff:
This was a *totally* effortless spin. Seriously. I split it into fingers, and spun then from the end, into a smooth 2-ply yarn for the Fair Isle stash. I've ended up with about 165m of yarn from 40g of fibre, which is a pretty awesome match to Rowan Yorkshire Tweed 4ply, which would have 176m to 40g. (Rowan Yorkshire Tweed 4ply is my reference yarn for the Fair Isle stash). Right now, it looks a bit thinner, but we'll see how it blooms after washing.
Looking back over this post, I notice I've been on a decided blue/purple kick in my recent spinning projects. I *was* planning to spin another batt project next, since I enjoyed Naomi's so much - but the next two projects I pulled out are, well, purple: