I finished up a skein of yarn last night:This is the grey-ish green stuff I got from Bullen’s Wullens at MDSW last month – it’s 50/25/25 merino/bamboo silk. And it’s pretty fine, even with 3 plies. I spun the singles on my smallest pulley (16:1) and plied on the next smallest (14:1) – I did this because I read a Spin-Off article by Judith MacKenzie that said to ply on the next largest pulley size when making worsted-style yarn (you do the opposite with woolen spun yarn). I’m not sure I love that. The yarn has less twist than I expected it to. I guess I could run it through the wheel again to add more twist... I got 409 yards out of this and it weighs 124 g (the label said approximate weight 112 grams, so they were generous). Is it thin enough to be sock yarn? Maybe. I did a little math, and in only 100 grams of yarn (standard amount for socks) I have 330 yards. Felici has 426 yards/100 grams. Regia sock yarn has 460 yards/100 grams. Koigu has 350 yards/100 grams. So maybe I’m not quite there yet. I don’t think I would use this fiber blend for socks, anyway. It’s destined for something around the neck.
I’m not sure what I think. The way the colors look plied reminds me of that sock yarn with chitin in it (TOFUtsies), and I never liked that look very much. But once it’s knit up, it may be fine. It’s a moody color, that’s for sure. I had a heck of a time photographing it. Usually everything looks better in outdoor light. Not this! I couldn’t get the greens to show up. Look, here’s the yarn against grey stone – it doesn’t really surprise me that the green gets washed out against all the grey: But I thought that putting the yarn against green would bring out the green, and it doesn’t. See? It actually looks a tiny bit better – and also bluer - against this yellow table! I know that blue and yellow make green, but why would green and yellow make blue?The yarn is really and truly green, which came out best in photos taken INDOORS (but with lots of indirect light):I’m no color expert or photography expert, so if you can explain this to me, I’m all ears.