While I've been updating my Ravelry stash (see here), I noticed I never blogged or made any mention of a handspun yarn I did earlier this year.
This was spun somewhere around February or March. It's 4 ounces of merino and 1 ounce of a rayon bamboo top, both from Lewbug Creations (who seems to have disappeared - she's listed here in the vendors). I got this at the Arkansas Fiber Arts Extravaganza the year before last.
Here are the details:
Fiber: Merino & Rayon Bamboo
Amount: 4 ounces Merino, 1 ounce Rayon Bamboo
Price: approx. $16 for the merino & $5 for the Rayon Bamboo
Color: deep burgundy & plum, with splashes of brown, gold, green, & red
Put up: Top
The merino was a lovely & smooth top. The dyeing had deep, saturated colors, with absolutely no felting. I predrafted the merino slightly and split it in half for a 2-ply. I spun one singles of just merino. On the other singles, I pulled off sections of the rayon to slip in with the merino as I was spinning it. I was a little nervous about the rayon...it was very slippery. At first I tried to control it a little too much, and I wasn't having any fun with it. When I let go a little, and just let it slide in there willy-nilly, I had a lot more fun. The yarn is definitely a thick-n-thin yarn, and oh-so-squooshy.
Finishing: Hot soak and hang to dry
Yardage: a surprising 364 yards of worsted-to-bulky
What to make with it: I think this would be perfect for a close-fitting cowl or maybe an over-the-ears hat. It's snuggly soft!