After sighing about the Symphony for over a week, I concluded that it would be a bad idea to buy a wheel without having tried it first. I also decided that waiting a few months and buying myself a birthday present would be a good idea (this gives me some time to save more money, and to sell the Traditional first). Then I thought, "Hm, I could sell some handspun yarns to pad the wheel-buying fund," and got started right away with this gorgeously blue merino-tencel blend from Bonkers in the "Indigo" colourway that I got at Maryland Sheep and Wool in 2010.


The texture of this fibre is fascinating, and it's a pleasure to spin. It drafts easily, but doesn't slip. The merino half is amazingly soft, and the super-fine tencel is like silk in how smooth and strong (and slightly sticky, in a good way) it feels, but it is wavy and almost wants to clump together. I couldn't resist taking a few macro shots.



Starting a new fibre always makes me a little nervous, and I spend some time (perhaps too much) thinking about how many plies, how thick or thin, how twisty. This time I cut myself off at only a few minutes of consideration, and just got started on what will be a fairly fine two-ply yarn. The sheen from the tencel is beautiful; the colour almost glows. I keep stopping to do plyback tests and to admire how the light glistens off the yarn.


It may be hard to sell this one, but it's slated for the shop!

4 Responses to “In Which the Pirate Spins a Blend.”
  1. Renee Anne says:

    That looks lovely. I need to spend more time with my wheel...

  2. Eskimimi says:

    Oh, that is just so stunning. It looks like the night sky and the swirl of the Milky Way. I think if I spun that I'd never be able to let it go!

    • Pirate says:

      Ooh, I hadn't realized that before, but you're right - it is very midnight sky. I'm going to have a hard time offering this for sale, but it's either this or some other yarn I spin... I can't hold on to all of it! I just can't knit fast enough to keep up with the spinning.