At last, the Purple Pansies yarn is finished – though it no longer looks very purple-y; the orange really dominates the final yarn to my eyes. I plied while watching Mr. Robot, I plied while watching Doctor Who, I plied while watching the Olympics… and last night, I skeined up 348 yards of fingering-weight yarn.

The fibre, a blend of 60% merino, 30% bamboo, and 10% nylon, came from Sheepish Creations on Etsy. I bought two braids of fibre from them a few years ago (the other was 100% BFL, which I spun into Something Cheerful in late 2014) and I was happy with both. The blended fibre did take more concentration to spin than the BFL; I’m not sure if it’s because of the shorter staple length or the slipperyness of the bamboo and nylon strands. Either way, I did enjoy spinning it, and I would definitely buy more fibre from Sheepish Creations in the future.

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I’m quite pleased to have gotten the sock weight yarn I was aiming for. The white strand laid across the top of the skein in the close-up shot below is a commercial sock yarn (Opal, one of the ones I think of as “standard” sock yarn) – and while the Opal is four-ply and my handspun is two-ply, it’s about the same thickness overall. 348 yards should be almost enough for a pair of socks, but I think I might use a different yarn for the toes, heels, and cuffs to make sure that I won’t come up short. Yet another drawback of having surprisingly long feet…

Of course, that might mean I have to buy some more sock-blend fibre in a coordinating colour. *innocent face* I’ll keep my eyes open for that if I go to Rhinebeck this year!

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4 Responses to “In Which the Pirate Winds Another Skein.”
  1. Renee Anne says:

    I concur: the orange dominates but it’s still lovely. I’ve not purchased fiber from Sheepish Creations but I have purchased yarn from them (and it’s lovely).

    • Pirate says:

      I’m definitely curious to see if the orange dominates the finished project as much as it does the yarn! I think it will; even the parts where the orange and purple plied together look kind of brown-ish, which is just muddy orange.

  2. Mary-Anne says:

    Fantastic. I can get sock yarn weight some of the time – but have yet to spin a whole skein of it. Can’t wait to see what you knit with it.

    • Pirate says:

      If you can do it some of the time, you can do it all of the time! Just go slowly & carefully to get an even singles. I stop frequently to work out slubs and further attenuate bits that have come out a little too thick.

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