Finished yarn! Finished yarn! Yay! I haven’t finished a skein of yarn (other than the mini ones from my Spinner’s Study) in such a long time. And guys, this one’s a beauty.
Yes, it is a giant rainbow-y mix-up (a.k.a. “clown barf”), but I love it. I have no idea what I’ll make with it (suggestions welcome) but I do love it.
This is Bugga Fiber sold by Cephalopod Yarns. It is a 70% Superwash Merino / 20% Cashmere / 10% Nylon mix. I have to admit that I don’t think I like the Nylon in the mix, or perhaps the superwash-ness of the wool. Whatever it was, there were times when the yarn would slip will spinning and certain sections would overspin and snap. In fact, the yarn snapped three times during plying in some of those extra-brittle sections so I’m glad I was chain plying (3 plies made from a single strand) because I just made three little skeins instead of fretting over a broken ply.
That said, the resulting yarn is truly gorgeous (if I can say so myself). I made certain not to overspin during plying and the result is a springy, soft, squishy skein that I honestly can’t wait to use. It came to about 144 yards out of 3.88 ounces at around 11 wraps per inch, making this a light worsted weight yarn.
And the plying! The little mini above was my practice skein for chain plying. I LOVE CHAIN PLYING, GUYS, I REALLY REALLY LOVE IT. It felt so much less fiddly than dealing with separate balls of yarn and it was really much easier than I had expected. I came across this video on somebody’s blog (I’ve read so many recently now that I’m taking part in WIP Wednesdays and the Year of Projects that I forgot where I found it! If it was on your blog, please let me know so I can properly give you a shout-out.) which totally helped me see how the whole process works:
I recommend it! How can I not, when it resulted in this?
|I couldn’t resist one last glamour shot. 🙂|
If you guys hadn’t noticed, I have a little tab at the top of my blog entitled “Spin-tastic!” so you can check out other things I’ve spun there if you want. What’s your favorite method of plying? Got any tips or tricks?