Spinning Merino and Silk

This year at the Magnolia State Fiber Festival in Vicksburg, MS, I bought some fiber from Alisha Goes Around.  The braid was 8 ounces of 80% Merino and 20% silk in an emerald green, white, and golden yellow colorway. This is the second braid of Merino/ silk that I have spun and it was very soft and easy to work with. I spun the singles on my light drop spindle and plied the two ply yarn on my larger Ashford drop spindle.

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As you can see, some of the mini skeins are a bulky weight and some are more of a DK weight. I started out spinning thicker singles, but got better at drafting the fiber out finer as I went.  The photos do not really show the intensity of the emerald greens or the golden tones of the yellows. This fiber was very enjoyable for spinning and I would buy from Alisha Goes Around again if I ever catch her at a festival.

yarn 003The yarn needs to be washed, but I have so many knitting projects on the go right now, I am in no hurry. The yield is about 150 – 200 yards of yarn in various weights. I am planning to knit this into a mobius cowl in plain stockinette to show off the beautiful color changes in the yarn.

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