I have been becoming very familiar with my spinning machine, Fiona the ladybug. We’ve been playing with lots of pretty fun delicious fibres and suddenly I have developed a bit of a handspun stash.
Next I got the next installment of the always fabulous CosySpins Falkland Fibre Club. I’m really developing a fondness for this fibre. No matter what, the yarn stays squishy, springy and awesome. It always plumps during the finishing and even sometimes during the plying.
The club offering was 2 related colourways braided together. I was really excited to spin it up but had to think of how I was going to treat the colours.
The colours really blended together nicely in the plying. In some spots are pretty much solid. The green ended up being longer than the blue, so I Andean plied what remained on the bobbin. I like how well that works out and that you still end up with one skein. The yarn is squishy and soft and super pretty.
Turns out they turned out to be awesome! Again with the super cool barber poling in the singles. This time creating really interesting blends of colour. This would make a very interesting singles yarn—if you’re into that sort of thing. I have yet to try making a balanced singles yarn. Maybe one of these days I’ll give it a shot.
This yarn ended up being the most squishy and impossibly soft yarn I have made yet. I think I’ve reached the point of the ideal amount of twist in my singles so I end up with these deliciously soft yarns. It’s so deliciously tasty that I immediately cast on for a lacy baktus. Super squishy and delicious in garter stitch.
This yarn is laceweight in places and fingering in others. It’s super soft, quite squishy and definitely plumped in the finishing. I’m going to try a Citron from this. Though I’m going to hold off the cast on until I’ve finished a few other projects.
Lately I’ve been trying a different method for finishing my yarns. Instead of simmering on the stove, I wash them in increasingly hot water (start with lukewarm and add hot gradually so that the fibres aren’t shocked into fulling themselves). It works well for my attention span and the result seems to be equally set as the simmering method. That way I only have to wait for the yarn to dry. With the summer heat we’re having, things are drying MUCH faster.