i got myself a little present: 6oz gradient BFL/silk from the Cupcake Fiber Company. i found out after ordering that Joan is also from Western New York, which is pretty awesome. i guess that would explain the lightning fast shipping. i've been wanting to do a gradient spun laceweight yarn to make a shawl. i know i've said many times that BFL is not my favorite fiber, but i do think it blends beautifully with silk. these batts are gorgeous and i'd love to get started on it right away but i have 2oz of tussah silk that i'll probably be working on for the rest of the year (exaggeration only slight). at least i'm spinning.
i allowed myself a new fiber purchase because i actually finished a skein of handspun. Yay! This is the Allspunup spinalong fiber from last summer *gulp*. It's Polwarth in Goldfish Wearing a Tutu. the big skein is 3ply, fingering weight. it's spun longdraw, soaked and thwacked to finish, 458yds/110g. i divided the top into thirds and did a fractal spin, so the yarn should stripe nicely. the little skein of leftovers is chain-plied, 53yds/11g. i'm sticking to my pledge to use up the little bits and bobs and not let them sit around for years.
Spicy says he missed the spinning wheel, mostly because he can talk over it (unlike the sewing machine) and being a lover of woodcrafts, he enjoys looking at it. i really missed it too. spinning is probably my most soothing craft. at least, spicy says i swear a lot less when i use my wheel.
Bragging rights if you can figure out the reason for my post title today.