Category: fibre

Across the top of the picture, four braids of merino fibre in a gradient of colours from a medium pinks/purples to a darker blues/purples. Along the bottom, a coordinating solid in pale pink.

In Which the Pirate Switches Up a Gradient.

A few years ago, inspired by a blog post from Ashland Bay, I bought four braids of fibre with the thought of spinning a gradient three-ply yarn, changing out one strand at a time as I worked from the first colour to the last. My plan was to pick up a coordinating solid and then use the resulting yarn to make a sweater like...

Neat rows of alpaca locks lie on a table next to a hand card that has some wisps of fibre stuck in its teeth.

In Which the Pirate Flicks.

Some time ago, I was given multiple bags of alpaca “seconds” – fleece that couldn’t be sold for a number of reasons, possibly that it’s not soft enough, that it wasn’t sheared well, or that the quality is really varied. The stuff I have is… all of the above! But it was free, and I’m having fun going through it to pick out the...

Pirate's hand holds a very fine strand of single-ply white yarn next to a two-ply strand over a penny for scale.

In Which the Pirate Spins Some More.

Next up: 200g of white Southdown (from World of Wool) that is destined to be sock yarn! The Corriedale singles are resting before I ply them, but this fibre has been calling to me for a while. I’ve heard that Southdown makes excellent yarn for socks – bouncy and resistant to felting – so here’s to experimentation! I haven’t decided if I want to...

Unspun fibre in vibrant yellows and tans, greens and blues and purples, is piled on top of a partially full bobbin of singles.

In Which the Pirate Spins.

A friend sent me a braid of Corriedale from Into the Whirled, in one of their Firefly-themed colourways. This one is called “The Verse” and it’s all sorts of colours – blues and purples, greens and yellows, oranges and tans. My original thought was to try a fractal spin with it, as that’s a technique I’ve been curious about for a while, but then...

A swatch of brown knitting with plain stockinette at the bottom and cables plus ribbing at the top.

In Which the Pirate Swatches.

I had so much fun swatching the Unicorn Spit that I decided to wash and swatch one of the skeins of Fleece. Well, really, it was mostly curiosity. The Unicorn Spit was so twisty and knitting up at a gauge much fatter than its WPI would have led me to guess, that I needed to know if the Fleece would do the same. So...

A cabled swatch knitted from brown yarn with a chunk of carded fleece.

In Which the Pirate Begins a Spin.

It’s time. It’s finally time to spin Fleece Four-Twelve, the one that Carrie and I bought at MDSW a few years ago. I was going to wait until the start of the Tour de Fleece on the 27th, but why wait to begin such an exciting project? I spun up a quick sample, aiming for a DK-weight three-ply yarn, and I think that’s what...

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

In Which the Pirate Acquires.

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...

Samples of two-ply and three-ply yarn, spun from the same singles.

In Which the Pirate Samples.

“World of Wool Custom Blend” was too boring for a project name, so I was going to pick something more descriptive and fun. Every time I look at these colours combed together, all I can think is “Unicorn Spit”… so I guess that’s what it is. Not too dignified, but certainly descriptive! Since I haven’t done a project this ambitious before, I thought it...

A bag of blended wool in stripes of greens, pink, purple, and white.

In Which the Pirate’s Custom Blend Arrives.

After a wait which seemed like a very long time but was in reality only about three weeks, my custom yarn blend from World of Wool has arrived! Here it is still in the bag, which gives a pretty good idea of the eventual overall colour once it’s all spun up and the individual wools are blended together. I’m expecting (and hoping for) something...

Six round balls of spinning fibre sit on a stone countertop. Each one is made up of a combination of dyed fibre and natural browns and tans. They are arranged in gradient order: dark purple, medium purple, and pink on the top row; dark blue, medium blue, and light blue on the bottom.

In Which the Pirate Gets New Fibre.

Last week I mentioned ordering the sample pack of Buoy Blend fibre from Hipstrings, and today it arrived! The package had a cute sticker on it: I got six one-ounce samples. They’re crisp but not crunchy and smell deliciously sheepy. Seriously, I have shoved my face into the little bundles at least three times already. But wouldn’t this make two gorgeous gradients? Top row:...