If you are a Maritimer... Blueberry season is almost over :(
Every August there is an abundance of delicious local blueberries, delicious to eat as is, or bake with, or freeze to use later... and in my house - even the fiber I've been spinning is Blueberry in colour!
- "Blueberry Whip" Colourway
- blend of Merino/Alpaca Bamboo/Silk 60/40 (This is what it says on the bag, I don't know the original blend proportions)
- From Belfast Mini Mills, Belfast P. E. I.
I started with 2 bags of 4 ounces each (8 ounces total) and made each of the individual plies on my old regular sized Traddy Bobbins, and then plied onto my new Jumbo Bobbins. (That's how I got a continuous skein so freaking big!)
This fiber is like cotton candy in a bag.... sweet and soft and smooth. I am not sure exactly how the roving was prepared, but the mix was very light and airy. The Merino/Alpaca Content was dyed a lovely navy or blueberry colour, and the silk/bamboo component dyed light blue almost turqouise with some white through it. In places it seemed as though all the fibers were completely blended and were indecipherable, but other areas where the shiny ribbon of silkiness was quite visible. I was unsure how this unevenness would show in the yarn, but because I was planning to do a traditional 3-ply, I knew that even if some of the light colour showed up exclusively in places, the other 2 plies would tone it down.
Check That Bobbin! She is Full!!! with 250 yards of continuous yarn... love that length!
The end result is a heathery blue yarn, 3-ply of course, at approximately worsted or light worsted weight. With the super jumbo skein and her little sister (not shown) I have about 350 yards of yarn, so definetly enough to make some mittens, and maybe a hat or something too? This yarn is a gift for someone, so it will be up to her what to make with it.... I'll make her photograph it for you to see when it's done.
mmm Blueberry... hanging out with our Sci-fi/Fantasy Book Collection. Showing the Geek Colours today aren't we?
As I was spinning this blend, there were some areas where the silk/bamboo seemed to "slub" a little, but you can't really see it in the finished yarn. I find 3-ply is great for smoothing out any imperfections in diameter and is pretty forgiving. It is really hard to capture the sparkle and shine of this yarn in a photograph. In the sun, the shiny bits really gleam, and the dark blue looks even darker of course next to the glinting bits.
I am pretty proud of this yarn! I am really just starting to "design" yarns with specific purposes in mind. I am still practicing keeping my plies even so I will get the desired yarn when I am finished. I still need to set the twist in this yarn, but other than that I think she is done and ready for gifting (I won't tell you who, in case she is reading :P)
and... you can't have Blueberry Season without having some Blueberry Baking!
Mark's favorite... homemade blueberry pie - homemade filling, homemade crust, happy Husband.