Monday, October 5, 2015
Spinning: merino handspun.
I'm a little obsessed with this yarn. :) I bought 4 ounces of Merino top last year, in the Rewind colorway, dyed by Renee at Spun Right Round. As I was spinning through a lot of my fiber stash earlier this year (most of it spun into yarn for the shop), I held on to this one because I knew I wanted to spin it for myself.
This was my first time spinning pure Merino...my handspun sock yarn was a superwash Merino and nylon blend. I know that a lot of knitters absolutely love Merino yarn, but most of it that I've used was superwash. And while it was very soft, it also had a weird stiffness to it, almost like cotton. But this yarn? Oh my goodness. It's tied with this yarn as the softest and squishiest and bounciest yarn that I've ever spun. I can't even explain it. I was planning on using it for a hat, but I think it's going to be another one of these shawls. This yarn needs to be as close to my neck and face as possible. :)
It's approx. DK weight and about 292 yards. I spun it as a 2 ply fractal yarn. I love the greens, whites, and purples together. (I know it looks pinkish in the photos, but it's more of a purple in real life.)