I've been spinning. Just little snatches of time, when I can. This means that my yarn is not as even as it could be, but I've been missing doing a craft just for me. I have some natural silvery Blue Faced Leicester that I've been spinning very fine for ages now, but it's made me realise that the reason I love spinning so much is colour. Colour is absolutely where it's at for me!
I bought some Merino silk top ages ago from BabylongLegs. I had just started spinning on a spindle - didn't even had a wheel at that point. The colourway was called Neptune, and the deep blue-green colours called me. I didn't spin it at the time - I felt I needed to work up to it, and I didn't have the experience to know how to make the colours sing.
I do now! I decided to spin half of it - around 50g, and to aim for a fingering/sport weight long colour change yarn to make into colourwork gloves. I was thinking of the fake fairisle effect that is often made with Noro and similar yarns. I chain plyed to preserve the colours, and with very little effort - 10 minutes here, 20 minutes there - I had spun & plyed the yarn within a week. Want to see how it turned out? Those lovely blues, greens & transitional turquoises? Here's a little collage for you:
It came out just how I wanted. 220m, 50g, clean colours. And I still have 50g left! I might do the rest as a slightly chunkier 2 ply, maybe using a fractal spin. I don't know yet. But I know I'll enjoy it!