Monday, January 21, 2013

At the Ballet: Sample one

While I did promise that I was only going to spin yarn for my 100-Mile skirt this weekend, the January fibre club fibre kept calling me. I justified it by convincing myself I only needed to spin and ply one small nest so I could do a sample. Sampling is good.

Here it is wound directly from the spindle to a toilet paper roll using my ball winder. I attached both ends to the spindle and plied from this centre-pull ball.

I put a lot of twist into the plying and it shows. This is what it looked like when it came off the niddy-noddy. It's 54 metres of yarn.

A warm water bath relaxed the twist and it settled into the yarn making for a soft , yet highly twisted yarn. The fibre is 50% merino and 50% cultivated silk. Fine fibres like these can take a lot of twist and still remain quite soft. I love the way the subtle variations of pinks come through.  Now I'm looking forward to spinning up the darker nests.


  1. Very pretty and it does remind one of the ballet.

  2. Thanks for your feedback. I'll keep you posted on the rest of the spinning, done at work!