I have been colossally distracted in a major yarn tangent in recent days.
I’ve been going through my ‘stash’ (that is yarn which is in one’s possession, otherwise free to use at whim), and over-dying & having a bit of fun.
But this particular little project was super fiddly and a major study in “un-spinning”, using my spinning wheel, ball-winder, swift, and dye pot. On my spinning wheel, I literally unwound the 3 plies of a bulky-weight very soft 100% alpaca yarn I had, while at the same time winding them into 3 separate balls. I splice-joined the 3 single balls into one skein, and then attempted to relax the energized ‘singles’ with some simmer-dying. And relax they did!
Even the spliced joins were completely invisible when I wound and re-wound on to the swift. Ever-so-slightly felted made a terrific halo (fuzz) when the final product was skeined.
178 yards and 66 grams, of extremely soft alpaca single ply yarn, now ready for a delicious soft lace cowl. I would think this would classify as sport-weight. I am frankly amazed at this result, and my eye is wandering through my stash now, with ideas to deconstruct.
Well, it was a huge amount of work, but its done & dusted and I’m very proud of such an alluring result. That’s me on a beautiful day, I should be knitting socks, but sometimes distraction is good for creativity!