I go through color phases. Especially in fiber buying and spinning. This month’s “what do with project” is part of my fall colors problem. Every year, sometime in the middle of October I just want to spin the colors of the trees. Due to this proclivity, I have three finished skeins (all from different places and different fiber contents) of handspun in shades of fall foliage. Today’s post is about the luxurious skein I made from Blue Moon Fiber Arts Camel/Merino/Silk in the colorway Fall on Tap.
I think there is a fear of ruining fancy fibers. If you are a new spinner, you might feel like you aren’t ready for the “good” stuff yet. Or you get overwhelmed by how to spin the fiber, and so you don’t. We do the same thing when knitting or crocheting with the “really good stuff.” To this I say: Just go for it! You’ll never use it (and enjoy it!) as a finished object if you don’t start.
When I started spinning my Camel/Merino/Silk (which comes in a 4oz braid, unlike the larger quantities in the other fiber bases of Blue Moon Fiber Arts), I knew I wanted to do a two-ply yarn. The two-ply structure would give me a relatively sturdy yarn, good for lace work. There are a couple of different ways to do a two-ply, and I just split the braid in half and went for a crazy barberpole yarn.
Camel/Merino/Silk is an interesting blend. It’s a 40/40/20 mix so it has some sheen from the silk, but it is mostly made of soft fuzzy exquisiteness. Camel has a staple length of 1-3 inches, Merino’s staple length averages 2-5 inches, and silk’s staple length is 5-7 inches. When you mix different staple lengths, it can be beneficial to spin from the fold in order to average out the different fibers and create a more uniform spin. It is a really wonderful easy and smooth spin. ALSO, the colors are just so stinking gorgeous. I didn’t take a good picture of the roving before I spun it, so you’ll have to oogle the colorways you can get in the shop instead.
All of these fibers can spin thin, so that’s more or less what I went for and I ended up with ~416 yds of fingering weight yarn.
SO… What do with?
As I mentioned at the beginning, I have a penchant for fall foliage shades in October. So what I’m doing with this (and the other fibers I’ve spun up) is a hat, mitts, and scarf set that more or less matches. I’m really looking forward to my handspun/handknit set, and the Camel/Merino/Silk is going to be the shawl/scarf aspect of my set.
I’ve gone for a leaf motif to connect the three items (I’m making hat and mitts from the Botanical Knits book), and I’m planning to make a Stockinette Haruni (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stockinette-haruni) for the scarf. I like the leaf detail at the bottom and the busy nature of the barberpole will be shown off in the stockinette version of this pattern. This skein was wound up in December, as I had intended to cast it on during the 12 days of casting on. That clearly didn’t happen. It’s currently the next lace project on my queue, after I finish the Kirstin Kapur mystery shawl and the Shop Sample Curl (which was featured as a WIP in progress).