Hello you lovely thing..
This is the part about being a maker that never gets old to me, when you finally hold something finished in your hands. (I know, to some of you, a skein of yarn may not seem finished at all, but I convinced fiber to turn into yarn! Exciting!) It’s like a little vessel for my time and growing skill, and that is such a beautiful thing to me. It’s tangible evidence that I am still learning and growing. It represents a challenge that I have managed to overcome.
Plus, it’s just some really, really nice yarn. It’s soft as a newborn kitten, and fuzzy. I find myself cuddling it gently against my face, and making high pitched squeaky noises about it. It’s a bit thick-and-thin, but nothing too drastic.
It started out as this lovely braid of fiber, shading from the palest ballet-slipper pink to a dark, bloody purple-maroon.
I got this along with some other very nice fiber from Violet Lynx on Etsy. Her fibers are deliciously exotic, and the colors are stunning! This particular blend is 50% Tussah silk, 33% 18 micron merino wool, and 17% cashmere. The high percentage of Tussah actually made this a very easy spin, though I was a bit concerned about the cashmere. I’ve heard that it has a very short staple length, and is hard to work with, but the only effect I noticed here was that bit of extra softness! I wanted to maintain the stunning gradient, so I spun this as a single. I know it won’t stand up to hard wear, but I don’t care. It’s going to be something snuggly and warm, probably a shawl, and it will LIVE around my neck in the winter.
Right now it’s just a pet, and I am completely okay with that. Who wouldn’t want to pet it?
For those of my blog peeps that live in the Boston area, I’m going to be giving a talk for the Common Cod Fiber Guild at MIT on Friday night! If you want to come hear me talk about designing knitwear and inspiration, I’m going to be doing that. It may just be me maniacally jumping around on stage (I hope it isn’t, but you never know) and I would love for you to come say hi! You can see more details on me and the other presenters on the event page here.