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FFW:Lupine

March 3, 2014

It’s another cold day here in my little corner of the world. We received more snow this past weekend, which means the view from my window is pretty much the same it’s been for the last few months. Which is to say, devoid of color.

Luckily as a fiber enthusiast I have color at my disposal and I get to share the latest results with you. The latest fresh from the wheel product is some lovely and oh so wonderful BFL. The fiber was purchased from my lys a while ago, say within the last six months. It is Mountain Colors (inc)  100% BFL Top, in the colorway Lupine. Which really translates to jewel tones of blues, some purples and a forest like green. A lovely and squishy concoction that has left me battling to prevent the cats from taking the fiber and running, or more likely laying directly on the fiber and burying their noses in it.

In terms of spinning I made a point of just throwing caution to the wind and spinning it however it worked out. A new wheel, a new batch of fiber and a new me. Okay well, that worked for about 1/2 the fiber and then I realized with a small bit of panic that I needed to figure out what the heck I was going to do. My first thought was chain plying the thing, but the color repeats were not consistent enough for me to feel like it would be worth it. Secondly I am not the greatest at chain plying on my old wheel (Beatrice) and trying to attempt it on the new wheel would probably result in me losing my mind and weeping quietly in the corner. After accepting my lack of skill in that department I considered a simple 2 ply. Five minutes later that was abandoned when I realized that I apparently wanted to try my hand at another 3 ply.

Idea firmly planted in my mind I set to work spinning the remaining fiber. Because I am me, I had to combine the first 2/3 on one bobbin and ended up doing the last 1/3 on an additional bobbin, after waiting for the singles to rest, this is where it gets good, I decided to take the singles off the bobbins and wind them into balls for plying. Now there is nothing inherently wrong with that, in fact it is probably a pretty smart idea. Well smart if I weren’t trying to cut corners, which I was and I did. So, of course, instead of dividing the bobbin with the 2/3 of fiber into two separate balls, I decided to be oh-so-“smart” and just make the one ball, because as I reasoned, I could just ply from the outside and the inside at the same time. Which, to be fair, I have done before (once) and it worked. To be fair (again?) I was working on a 2 ply NOT a 3 ply that time. I also wasn’t battling a cat who is as obsessed interested in BFL fiber as I am.

Suffice it to say chaos ensued and I ended up breaking down and  dividing the larger plying ball into two equal parts. Suddenly life got a lot simpler, (imagine that) and I was able to finish my spinning with little complication. While I know that cutting corners wasn’t the smartest thing to do (is it ever?) I am still extremely happy with the resulting yarn.

208 (ish) yards of beautiful BFL.

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Of course after the photos were taken this happened.

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5 Comments
  1. Wow, beautiful. Both pre- and post-cat. 🙂

  2. sparkeespud permalink

    Very lovely. This makes me want to sit down at my wheel.

  3. shellssells permalink

    Gorgeous! Looks wonderful, I think the 3 ply suits it very well.

    In the future, if you want quite an interesting little challenge, try navajo plying while carrying an additional single along with it. Mostly just a spinning parlor trick, but it was fun!

  4. Blue, green, and purple? That is my JAM right there. I love the saturated colors, they’re so intense and awesome!

  5. I’d love to learn how to spin one day….on my bucket list

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