I have to admit, it felt kind of nice to give myself permission to wrap up projects so that I could move on with less clutter and no more (or rather, fewer) unfinished projects weighing on my conscience.
I rather quickly plied up the two ounces of fiber that I had spun so I could get a new project on my wheel.
I think it came out pretty well at around 600 yards to 2oz. Less yardage than I actually expected, but I'm happy with it (and even more happy that it's done.) The fiber was from Knitnzu in a colorway from Spunky Eclectic that she selected just for me.
Despite it taking forever, the fiber itself was a joy to spin and I do look forward to spinning the other two ounces at some point. The fiber is 80% mixed BFL and 20% silk. Yum.
I dove into my fiber stash and found a bit of mystery fiber with no label, but I'm assuming it was mixed BFL. There was only one ounce, which was perfect because I wanted instant gratification after that long-term project.
I had it spun and plied in less than two hours. I wanted to try out chain plying to keep the colors separated and I think it worked out pretty well. 85 yards and no idea what I'm going to do with it, but it served its purpose.
After I finished that colorful yarn, I spent a bit of time playing around with different fibers just to play. I never created a finished yarn, but simply sampled and tried different things out. Then a few days ago I selected my next bump of fiber to spin up and got started.
Before I knew it, I had spun up the whole 4oz. in an afternoon. The fiber is Coopworth dyed by Dan at Gnomespun. Coopworth is a cross between Romney and Border Leicester, which gives it a longer fiber length that is relatively coarse. The fiber was prepared as roving and there was no way it was going to spin into a smooth, lustrous single, so I did what I could to emphasize the fuzziness of the yarn. I think the fiber is robust enough to create a fuzzy yarn that will still resist pilling and will wear quite well. This is destined to become a 3-ply yarn.
And as for my weaving? I simply cut it off the loom and hung it on my wall as is.
I'm actually quite enamored with the unfinished quality of it. I didn't bother dealing with any loose ends, nor did I do hemstitching or secure those loose warp threads. It won't last forever, but for now I kind of like it.