The process of buying our house went very quickly at first, but then it hit several bumps that made it incredibly drawn out and stressful. In the midst of all that stress, I decided to do a bit of spinning, and it really calmed my nerves.
The first batch was some border leicester that, if I’m being honest, I kind of hate. I got this from a local farm vendor, and the prep was just terrible; it was still full of lanolin, to the point that the fiber felt sticky. I couldn’t get it to do anything other than a thick and thin single, so I navajo plied that for about 90 yards of bulky yarn. Love the colors, but this will probably never get knitted up.
After that experience, my nerves weren’t really any less jangled, so I decided to dive into some of my favorite fiber from the Knit Witch club J got me a few years ago for Christmas, a 50/50 SW Merino/Tencel blend. These colors really sang, and I’d been holding off on spinning it until the time was right.
I tried my hand at fractal stripes thusly: split the fiber in half, right in the middle of the length, so I had two equal halves. Then, I spun one half as is, so I got nice, long repeats. Then, I split the second half into half lengthwise, so the repeats fall in the same order, but are much shorter.
I tried for a fingering weight, and that’s exactly what I got, about 420 yards of it. And, oh, it’s the best yarn I’ve spun yet. I took my time, really concentrating on getting my singles even, and it paid off. This yarn is by no means perfect, but I am obsessed with it. When the house deal finally went through, and we were packing away, I left the yarn on a shelf and petted it whenever I walked by. My precious.