The first Pansy Sock is done, and I’m almost ready to begin the heel on #2. Here’s #1:Then I reached into my basket of spinning fiber and came up with this: I knew this was top by the way it was arranged, but it didn’t have a label on it. I got this earlier this spring when I placed an order with The Spinning Loft. I had a gift certificate to use with them and wanted to get a smaller whorl for my Ladybug (as part of my quest to spin a good 3-ply sock yarn). I’m sure I knew what it was when I ordered it, but I’d forgotten. I managed to find my receipt online and have decided that this is a merino silk blend. I have 4.75 oz and I’m spinning is rather fine to make a 2-ply.
The receipt says “Louet merino silk McKensie,” but I can’t find a colorway called McKensie on the Louet website. Ashland Bay makes a 70/30 merino silk blend called Mckenzie, so this might be it. The colors online look more gray than purple, but that could just be the photography. Then again, I think my fiber really looks like the Ashland Bay blend called Purple. So, whatever…
At any rate, it’s pretty and I like it. And spinning on the wheel is sooooooooo much faster than spinning on the spindle!
In other fun news, I won a contest on the Novamade blog and got this fabulous BFL dyed by Cloverleaf Farms. The colorway is “Golden Oaks” – isn’t it gorgeous?This was waiting in the mail when I returned from NC – what a treat. (Ironically, Cloverleaf Farms is located in Hendersonville, NC, one of the towns we spent a bit of time in during our trip.) I thought about spinning it next, but I decided to wait until I feel that first chill in the air since it’s so autumnal. The chill is decidedly NOT here now – we’ve been having highs in the mid-upper 90s every day.
If you aren’t already familiar with Nova’s blog, I encourage you to visit – she takes fabulous photos and always has beautiful things to show (fiber-y things as well as her adorable children)!