Over the next few weeks, I will be taking you on a journey of a handspun project. Keep an eye on the blog as I transform some fiber to a finished project.
Blending the fiber
I love blending fiber together. Something about taking disparate fibers and combining them to create something beautiful. This blending project took me by surprise, as it wasn't completely obvious to me at the time of purchasing all of these fibers. Inspiration struck me when I saw the fibers all together in my stash. I test-blended a small bit of this with my handcarders, spun it and immediately fell in love. A reptilian yarn emerged from my wheel, and I couldn't be happier. Recipe below!
I had 8 ounces of a 75/25 merino/silk blend, 6 ounces of bright yellow tencel (both from Spinning Straw into Gold), 2 ounces of Hand painted bombyx silk (from Eugene Textile Center), and 1/2 ounce of green flash from Fancy Tiger Crafts.
Each batt consists of 1 oz of merino/silk, 3/4 oz of tencel, 1/4 oz of bombyx silk, 1/16 oz of flash.
I blended each batt twice, once to get the fiber on the carder, and a second time to spread the fibers out a little more within the batt.
This fiber is destined to become a four ply yarn, stay tuned!