When the Tour de Fleece ended last month I thought I was done spinning for a while. My knitting projects were suffering and I had done enough spinning to make me happy.
However, last week (two weeks ago?) when these two small samples were thrown at me (quite literally, they hit me in the face), I figured "why not?"
They were just tiny little things to play around with, and since they were both fibers I had never worked with, I figured I would give them a try. The one on the left is a merino/bamboo blend and the one on the right is superwash merino.
I decided to spin them both up and then ply them together to see what sort of results I would get. Oh my goodness, spinning these samples was SOOO wonderful. I finally understand when people say that their fiber "drafted like butter" because this stuff... wow. It was amazing.
The superwash was a nice contrast to the merino that I spun for TDF because it wasn't at all felted together and I didn't have to fight it, however, it did have that superwash feel to it that I don't really like. I suppose I can't have everything, right?
I like that one of my plies was shiny while the other wasn't, and I think they really complimented each other.
Ok, sure, there may have been some nasty color combinations, but whatever. It's pretty.
Now, what does anyone do with a little mini-skein of handspun?