Wednesday, June 8, 2011
On the left is a big honkin' skein of a wool-mohair blend from Bitsy Knits. It's one of her custom carded rovings in a lovely blue-green color. I don't have the label with me so I can't tell you the official name. I got it in a gift exchange and finally got around to spinning it. I didn't measure it, but it's big! Just past that is a merino-alpaca blend that I carded myself a long while back and kind of forgot about. When I was tidying up I found the box and though it was a bit musty smelling, it spun up fine and after a wee bath, it smells good too.
On the far right is one of 3 skeins of a Corriedale-like fiber from Cherry Tree hill via Discontinued Brand Name Yarns. The colorway is 'Irish Mist' but I am a bit tired of it, so I overdyed the last 6 ounces of the pound in blue, so the resulting roving is a lovely peacock blue-green. Easy to spin, btw in case you have wondered about that roving. I spin rather thick and it came out nicely squishy.
I heard about a big destash yard sale over the weekend. The flyer said there were 2 spinning wheels, 6 sowing [sic] machines and lots of yarn and fabric. There was, indeed! I was the first person there when she opened at 8 and bought a Lendrum double treadle (and a bunch of yarn!). It's quite beautiful and it spins nicely, but by the size of the skeins above, you can see that I like fat yarn and BIG skeins. So my trusty Louet S10 isn't going anywhere. So far I've only spun 2 bobbins on the Lendrum & plied them on the Louet. A nice combination, I think, particularly for smaller quantities.