This gorgeous braid of fibre is my newest spinning project. It wasn’t going to be - I had been toying with either an undyed Shetland or some green Southdown for socks but I just couldn’t decide.
I asked some knitting friends to browse my spinning fibre stash online and make some suggestions, and one friend suggested laceweight using this blue fibre.
The braid came from a fibre club run by Fibre Hut in the West Midlands. It was my first experience with a fibre club and when the first parcel arrived at my door and I ripped it open, I was delighted. The colours are just so me! I’d never heard of the Perendale fibre it is dyed on, though.
That last point was what captured my imagination though. For all that I loved the blue tones of the fibre, I had no idea what to turn it into. Could a fibre that tended towards a haloed soft-textured yarn make a laceweight yarn that woeful give me the clean lace stitches I like? If I could spin it thin enough, it might.
The braid has various shades of blue, from sky blue through to navy, but not dyed as a gradient. For yarn for knitting lace, I want a 2-ply construction, and that gave me an idea. I decided to open up the braid and split it all the way down the middle lengthways to give two identical lengths of fibre.
I have already started spinning, at my wheel’s highest ratio (19:1), aiming for a very thin singles. The fibre drafts beautifully and a very fine yarn is not proving hard to produce so far. And just look at those blues!