I’m trying to work my way through my fibre stash at the moment. I’ve got a few bundles of fibre I haven’t used for much, and it’d be great to get them spun and cleared so the only fibre I have left to worry about is my ouessant fleeces. The latest finished skein is from a little 100g bag of merino fibre – the last bit of fibre I was able to get from Forest Fibres before they closed up shop. It’s the same blue blend as my very first spinning project – the bulky blue fibre plied with silk thread from a few years ago.
This time, I wanted to get as much out of the fibre as I could. And, now I’m getting the hang of spinning very fine threads to ply, I decided to try my hand at a little laceweight.
The finished fibre is lovely – Two skeins, one slightly larger than the other. They total 105g of laceweight 2-ply, at 21 WPI and just a hair over 400 yards of yarn. The original blend of colours is still visible running through the fibre, and I cannot wait to see how it knits up. I’m hoping the varied colours will create little bands of subtle almost-stripes, but we’ll have to wait and see.
The big question of course, is what am I going to knit with it? 400 yards of laceweight seems to be enough for a pair of fingerless gloves, or mitts, or a cowl or shawlette, based on my Ravelry search (yarn weight; lace, yardage; 300-450 yards, craft; knitting, has photo; yes, sort by; most projects). As much as I love the fibre I’m not sure I’d wear something in this specific blend of blues, so I might have a look at some patterns for things I could knit as gifts – maybe something pretty for my bestie, or big sis-in-law, or maybe something cute for the nieces – I bet I can get a couple pairs of child-size accessories out of this!