Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bunnysilk Cashmerino

i recently bought a light brownish-grey winter coat. i wanted mustard colored accessories to match. i spent over a week searching for the perfect yarn but i couldn't quite find it. not only was i looking for a specific color but i wanted something very soft and warm that would wear reasonably well since i'll be wearing it constantly throughout the winter. finally i gave up and decided to spin the yarn myself.
Honey Handspun
this is a 4ply light worsted weight handspun, 242yds/140g. it has one ply of tussah silk, one ply of english angora, and 2 plies of superwash merino/cashmere/nylon. that makes the final blend 25/25/40/5/5% for those counting at home.
Honey Handspun
i carded the angora into rolags. the other 2 fibers i spun from the fold. the majority was spun longdraw and tightly plied. i spun the silk short-forward draw to tamp down the fuzziness and up the shine. i used acid dyes and i didn't quite get the color i was looking for, but close enough. i love how the dye took to the individual fibers differently. at close inspection, i think the angora barely took any color at all. i love how soft and bouncy the yarn is. hopefully it's warm too.

my only concern is i probably don't have enough for both a hat and mittens but i got impatient. if i can only do one or the other i'll probably spin up the same blend and dye it turquoise.

4 comments:

  1. Ooo...I really like that! 
    I'm on the hunt for some thick red yarn for a winter scarf for myself.  Great idea spinning it yourself, I might end up doing that!

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  2. oh my!  sara it is gorgeous!  i can't wait to see your new scarf!  and i hope you tell us when random people start saying... "wow that is a beautiful scarf!  where did you buy it?"  

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  3. I liked it when I saw it on ravelry, but knowing the story behind it I LOVE it! The color is gorgeous, and I like how the strands took the dye differently. Great job!

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  4. The new yarn is amazing! I love the color. I've been so mustardy lately!

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