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!