An Etsy gift card, combined with a sale on some of the (discontinued) Ashland Bay multi-coloured top, combined with a little egging on from a friend, combined with the need to have a little bit of retail therapy, all came together and thwacked me over the head, resulting in a delivery of spinning fibre arriving at my house.

I bought these two braids of merino-silk in the "Del Mar" and "McKenzie" colourways, which may or may not end up in the same project...

Two braids of merino and silk spinning fibre. One is green-blue, the other mostly blue.

...and these four braids of 21.5 micron merino, in the colourways "Sage," "Granada," "Riverstone," and "Borealis" - which will *definitely* become some sort of a fade/gradient project.

Four braids of merino spinning fibre in a gradient from sage green to dark blue.

But I can't start those until I finish the Unicorn Spit, so to that end I set myself to spinning over the weekend, and now I have four completed skeins (adding up to 570 yards of three-ply, before washing) and three more to spin. This should add up to about a thousand yards all together, which ought to be about enough for a sweater, right? Here are the bobbins in my homemade shoebox kate before I plied them:

An unspun bit of multi-coloured spinning fibre sits on the floor next to a shoebox with several bobbins of spun singles.

It didn't take long before I got frustrated at the lack of tension on the shoebox kate, so I punched two more holes in it and made a brake band out of some scrap yarn. One end is tied to the box, the other is tied to a rubberband which I can hook to any of those binder clips, depending on how much tension I need. The plying is going much more smoothly now, thank goodness!

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