The (almost) final destination of the fiber is Cal who will crochet it into something fabulous. I decided for her I'd make a nice balanced 2 ply with not too long color repeats.
After undoing the nice tight daisy chain it was in for neat keeping I split the fiber into 2 even parts - one for each ply...
I shot them on a blanket I crocheted a million years ago because I couldn't believe how similar the colors were! Did you plan that Cris?
My next step was to split each of those 2 balls into quarters. Why quarters, you ask? Like most humans I'm a creature of habit and have found this thickness to be both easy to draft and a nice break up of the colors.
Next stop, my Lendrum folding double treadle spinning wheel
I LOVE this wheel! The green yarn hanging out is called a leader, it's a scratchy wool (I use Icelandic) that's used to pull the top into the wheel. I spun two singles clockwise with a lot of twist because when I ply them they get twisted counter clockwise and will lose some of the twist I spin into them at this point.
I love watching the way the colors "change" from top to singles, a two ply and finally a finished piece.
The singles then get put on my Lazy Kate and the regular head gets traded out for the plying head on the wheel.
The plying head has a much wider orifice and larger bobbin to accommodate more & thicker yarn. The drive band also gets changed to fit the larger head.
This little device has made my life SO much easier - what it is meant for is to count fishing line depth - what I use it for is as a yardage meter. I use a niddy noddy to wrap the yarn off the wheel, through the meter into nice neat hanks.
For yarns destined for my shop, I wait for a nice sunny day and with the help of a stratigically placed roll of white craft paper I shoot (what feels like) a million pictures from lots of different angles to show the most true representation of the color.
I use Photoshop to crop & do any clean up or color correcting and finally the yarn is ready to be made into something that I hope will be loved for years to come!
I am lucky enough to have amzing customers who have shared their finished projects with me. It is always so interesting & fun to see what the yarn "grows up" to be. I know in Cal's talented paws it will be something amazing! You can follow the fiber on the next step in its journey at her blog
I know I will be!