To start off we have these lovely singles (a single thread or ply, if you will.) They’ve both been in my wool stash for way too long (and the purple and green one has been on the bobbin since last Autumn!) I plied them together. And this lovely two-ply is what I got! The purples and greens were from a roving braid that I believe was from the The Critter Ranch. This is a farm South of Buffalo, NY that has a store front on its property and will let you drive down and visit the llamas! I’ve been buying from them for a few years now and they’re colors and wools never disappoint!
I can’t remember where the green and brown is from, except that I’m sure I bought it at the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival. (I remember it very clearly because it static-clung to my leg and I couldn’t get rid of it. It just kept attaching to me. It was a good price, so I added it to my stash.) I has some extra leftover after I made the two-ply, so I chain-plied the rest.
This next one I fractal spun from a braid from The Llady Llama Fiber Co. It is merino top. It colorway is called verdigris. Fractal spinning is a technique where you divide the wool in half and with half of it you do nice, long color changes and then with the other half you divide it into many smaller pieces so you can little color changes pairing up with big color changes in the final product. Repeats within repeats, if you will. I can’t wait to knit this up and see how it pools with the fractal changes!
The last bits of wool that I magically made into yarn came from two different places. The top one in the photo below was another braid from the Critter Ranch (I believe this one was called “Rose Pedals”! Ha! Get it? Because the treadle on the wheel is like pedaling?! I know! Hilarious!) and the brighter one on the bottom came from Winderwood Farm. I like visiting their tent at fiber festivals because they have some fun colored braids of roving (like this one) and they also have a very wide selection of fibers, some of them quite exotic. Last year I bought baby camel (which is very soft!) and buffalo from them (which is also very soft!)
I wasn’t sure that I was going to go with my plan and ply these two together because the wool from Winderwood is just so bright. But, I went with the plan and I’m glad I did. The rose hues temper the brightness somewhat and the colors in the two plies play off each other in fun ways. I also look forward to seeing how this yarn knits up!There is currently some Shetland-cross undyed in its natural color on the wheel right now. I got that from Whispering Pines Farm. The first wool I ever bought to spin was from Whispering Pines and I do love the wool they produce. I will be plying some of what I’m spinning now with another braid from Llady Llama Fiber Co. but since it is not done yet, that will have to wait for another post.by