My Phleep got back from the UK on 22 April and brought me a whole suitcase of luxury yarns! I’ve been buying yarns on Ravelry and elsewhere since January and sending them to his parents’ place in Dorset rather than risking them in the SA postal system (one package already went astray between the UK and SA).
You can see details on my Ravelry stash page, but here are photos grouped by weight.
Cariad laceweight (Cariad is the commercial arm of Posh, i.e only available from retailers):
The turquoise one on the left will be my wedding shawl, a beaded Aeolian. Both are alpaca/cashmere/silk.
Posh 4ply (sockweight):
The 4 on the right are all baby camel, the dark green is Sherwood and the lighter green is Robin Hood🙂. Phleep has claimed the royal blue one in the middle, I’ll make him a cowl or something. The rest are cashmere or cashmere/silk.
Posh DK and Aran:
Mirasol Miski worsted weight:
Here’s a closeup of the yarn, so you can see the bright green bits in the teal.
Mirasol Qina worsted weight:
I finished Neil’s lacey squares scarf. Made from 1 skein of Posh Yarn Sophia 2ply (100% cashmere) in colour “Lupin”. He likes it, I think. His wife Karen threatened to steal it, so I’ll have to make her her own scarf. I have one more skein of Sophia 2ply in “Alpine” (top pic, second from left).
Neil’s Encanting scarf:
A close-up of the detail:
I also knitted a hat for Julia. The hat is knitted from just under 1 skein of Posh Yarn Claudia 8ply (100% baby alpaca). I had two skeins, remaining one pictured in the Posh DK pic.
The awesome shell buttons that I found randomly at a yarn shop. Aren’t they the perfect match?
I’ve been going well with the drop spindle, spinning this brown alpaca roving. I hope to ply it when it’s all done and then dye it green or darker brown.
A close-up of the spun single:
I went to a spinning workshop with Zoe where we learned to card and mix different coloured tops. I made two sets of rolags and spun one up on a spinning wheel. I was better than the average beginner, according to one of the instructors, but I think I have a long way to go until it’s as good as my spindle yarn (which still has a long way to go itself).
Barbie and Ken (from a dark blue merino top, a fuchsia merino top and a gold mohair top). Spun on a spinning wheel and then plied together into a 2ply yarn.
Here’s the skein before washing and setting, it looks horribly mangled and yucky. I was surprised at the difference after a good soak and hanging with a weight.
As you can see there was a lot of overtwist. I definitely need to practice a lot more to get a smoother flow of fibre onto the bobbin. I don’t know if I’ll get a wheel, they’re very expensive and not portable. One lady at the workshop said that you can spin more in a day with a wheel but more in a week with a drop spindle as it’s more portable. I guess you don’t always find the time to sit down and spin.
I made these rolags to spin at home on my drop spindle. For these I chose colours that actually went nicely together (for B&K I chose colours that were very different so that I could see the seperate colours in the spun yarn).
Sea sprite (teal merino, blue merino and light blue mohair):
I also bought some dyed roving. It’s actually for felting but you can spin it too. I got a nice royal blue, a variegated charcoal and a lighter grey. I’ll make something for Phleep as they’re all merino. I don’t know whether to mix the fibres first and then spin or to spin three different coloured singles and make a 3ply yarn. The possibilities really are endless!