Here’s my second handspun yarn. This is a merino-tencel blend, though I don’t know much else about the fiber as it was in a big bin at the only LYS in town that sells spinning fiber. I think it’s from Ashland Bay, but I’m not sure.
I keep reading that merino is hard to spin, and not for beginners. Bah, I say. I just waded right in. I figure the only thing I have to lose is my dignity. It looks better than my first yarn, so I think I’ll count it as a success. There are about 260 yards of that stuff, and it’s roughly a bulky weight, though I haven’t swatched it yet. It’s just dreamily soft, and I think it will make a lovely winter scarf.
I promised a better photo of my first yarn. Here it is. This is Colonial Top, about 112 yards in all.
The wheel now has a name. Meet Seamus:
Yes, I went ahead and bought the silly wine glass holder. It just had my name on it, don’t you think?
In knitting news, I’m still working on the stealth baby project. It’s coming along, but I still can’t show photos. Oh, OK, here’s a teaser.
Big and grey, that’s all I can say. It’s much prettier in real life.
Last but not least, we’re leaving for an Alaskan cruise in the morning. It was sort of a spontaneous thing that we signed up for just a month or so ago. It’s a round trip from Seattle, so didn’t require an airplane ride, and if you can book close to last minute, the deals are pretty good. What’s not to like? Work has been a bit of a drag recently, and it’s been somewhat of a difficult early summer around here, so a cruise seemed just the ticket. No, I’m not taking the wheel. Yes, I am taking the Bosworth spindle. I’m also taking the laptop, so hopefully there will be a post or two.