22. February 2010 14:01
I finally finished spinning up my braid of Rainbow BFL from Sheepish Creations... and what a delightful spin it was! The fiber itself was very well prepared and light and lofty. I really didn't need to predraft anything, the nice long staple length and fine quality fiber just sailed through my fingers and onto the bobbin. I can't wait to dig into the 8 ounces of Corriedale I purchased from them... I have a feeling it might be even more fun... with all of the plummy purples and rich gold and blues. It's a good thing I am on vacation for a couple weeks!
I ended up with around 470 yards of light fingering weight 2-ply yarn. I tried to keep the colors together as much as possible, so the result is a long barber pole with a few meters of blended colors as the shifts happened. At the time I was spinning it, I thought my finished yarn would be much thinner, and perhaps I would have gotten more yardage, but after a quick soak it seemed like the yarn really bloomed more than I would have expected. It's all good though... My plan is to knit a scarf out of this to show off the long color changes. Maybe something around 8-10 inches wide and open and lacy. Originally I had thought of something like a "feather and fan" or "Old Shale" type pattern, but I have to do some more looking to see what else is out there.