I’ve been spinning this wool-bamboo blend from Gurdy Run Woolen Mill. The wool is naturally grey and charcoal; the bamboo fiber is dyed. The wool is also a rougher, more crinkly wool than the merino, Polwarth, and Blue-faced Leicester wools I’ve worked with before, and the roving is carded rather than combed (which means the fibers are mostly but not entirely aligned), so spinning it has been a new experience… and I’m not sure yet how successful I’ve been. I’m spinning more woolen than worsted, and experimenting (not always successfully) with long draw. The result is a somewhat scratchy singles.
The color gradients are really, really long. I had planned to chain-ply to keep the colors separate, but my first attempt ended in a tangled mess, proving once again that I am absolutely hopeless at chain-plying. So instead, I will just ply the two bobbins together.
I still have a little of the Malabrigo singles I spun in February and March. Rather than trying to chain-ply it, I’m going to wind it into a center-pull ball and ply the ends together until I reach the middle. I’m determined to conquer chain-plying at some point, but I think I’ll practice on cheap store-bought acrylic until I get the hang of it!
I started this Helen cowl for a gift, using a skein of Queensland Collection Brisbane yarn I picked up in Santa Fe a few years ago. (Knitting from the stash… what a concept!)
Sock #2 (seen here) has grown by a few more rows, but not enough to bother taking another photo, and the handspun cowl is hibernating until I finish this one.