In which I confess something that surprises no one.
Friends, I may be just a wee bit on the obsessive side occasionally. ( I know, shocking.) When I find something that I really love, I stick with it. And, in the case of this particular obsession, I fill my underbed storage bins with it and dream of hoarding even more. (is that just me?)
What I’m talking about this time is spinning fiber by SpunRightRound on Etsy. I’ve got it bad. I’ve ordered at least six braids, and I need to stop before I bury myself in them. I just love her colors! Bright colors have always appealed to me, so her combinations are, to me, just exactly right. As much as I want to make a nest out of her stuff and just live there, I do have to be just a little practical and not use expensive spinning fiber for bedding! So I finally spun up one of the braids of roving rather than just keeping it as a little pet. Remember this?
Well now it’s this.
Isn’t it gorgeous? The fiber is the Igloo colorway in Polwarth, which I wasn’t sure that I would like as much as my beloved merino. It felt a little crunchy and rustic while I was spinning it (at least more so than merino.) When I was done spinning the yarn felt very firm and durable, but not as soft as I was expecting. It was also very “grabby” fiber, so I had trouble getting it as thin as I wanted. When I tried to draft the fibers they wanted to bring all their friends with them! However, it ended up as 300 yards of a sport/DK weight which was just about perfect. Also, after washing, the yarn was sooooo soft. Bouncy and springy, and I just wanted to smoosh it against my face! This is definitely something you can wear next to your skin.
With these amazing colors, I felt like my only option was to Navajo ply, in order to keep the pretty color progression with long repeats. And I am so glad that I did. I’m thinking maybe a chevron cowl for this? I know it would be amazing. When I spin something with such lovely colors, I don’t always know what to do with it other than admire it. It’s easier to find projects for solid colors, but bright, happy colors like this are much more fun 😀