Oh my holy gosh, yum.
Seriously have you ever seen something so delicious?
I’ve had this bump of fiber sitting in my stash for aeons, and I finally pulled it out and thought I’d spin it up this week. A certain someone who lives in a wet, chilly climate is having a birthday later this month and a new hat is required.
This was a club fiber from Becoming Art, way back in 2011 or so. 100% Finn top. I originally planned it to be a worsted weight 2 ply, but, I ran into a little bit of trouble pretty much right from the start. It was so felted from being in a bag and compressed in my stash for 3 years. I could not get an even single, not even with some serious pre-drafting. After a really frustrating and hand crampy half an hour, I finally gave up and let the fiber be the thick and thin lumpy yarn that it wanted to be. “Express your inner art yarn.” I said. “Be free!”
Ok, that’s not actually what I said. But I probably shouldn’t repeat what I actually said. SO we’ll pretend I was all in support of this wild and crazy yarn idea.
Given who I was spinning the yarn for, I guess that wild and crazy isn’t too shocking.
Rumors of me throwing the lump of fiber across the room and swearing, while in a fit of fiber-induced rage are completely true.
Once the two bobbins of singles were spun, I realized that plying it against itself as originally planned was not going to be an option given that I didn’t want to mix them up. I like the little splashes of contrast in the long stretches of brilliant solo color. It really needed to be plied with something though, so I dragged out a cone of nubbly silk laceweight yarn and used that to ply with.
So the problem with plying a thick overspun single with a delicate silk lace yarn, especially when you’re doing things like coils (even loose ones) is that the lace yarn snaps. Of course. And there are several spots where that happened and I had to knot the ends together and keep going. I think it’ll be ok in the knitting but geez, it made for some exciting moments while I was plying. A little bath (and no thwapping, I didn’t want to snap the silk ply again) and it’s pretty much perfect. The silk fluffed up a bunch after washing too. I’d forgotten that coned yarns are often oiled, to be used in machines.
Catch Me A Rainbow.
Proof that sometimes things don’t go according to plan but if you can roll with it, you might just get something better.
219 yards of bumpy, lumpy, springy Finn deliciousness. Thanks, Becoming Art!!