I participated in three teams, the first one was Knit Picks and I chose to spin a three ply yarn to complete the singles I had spun of "Blue Fleck" colorway from AlohaBlu that I received in a spinning swap a while back.
|Spin swap from AlohaBlu, the Blue Fleck custom dyed roving is in the middle|
When I get those precious braids of handpainted roving I like to plan a yarn around them to show their beauty. This particular roving was about two ounces, and I like to have more yarn than that in the event I want more than an accent of the handpaint. So I made up more batts to match. In this case, I wanted a subtle blend of blues and teals so I combined these fibers into batts: some gray Corriedale from a sheep named "Sierra", some wool top in a colorway "Bluebell" and some hand dyed Firestar in blue and teal. All of this came from my stash (how cool is that!) so it made me feel extra good about the yarn I was making! Here's the picture of the finished "Blue Fleck" singles and the stash of the other fibers.
|Blue Fleck singles, Bluebell top, Firestar in blue and teal|
The finished batts looked like this:
Then I started the spinning. It seemed to take forever since I wanted the final yarn to be pretty fine. I finished a bit early, which was a relief and did the plying and got this yarn:
It ended up being 600 yards, 160 grams or 5.6 ounces! No wonder it felt like I had been spinning forever! I ended up with quite a bit of the blended singles left, so I did an experiment with embellished yarn using sequins strung on sewing thread. I chain plied it with the two strands held together, very fiddly and time consuming, but I really like the resulting yarn: