There are some projects for which you simply make time even when you don’t think you have it. I’ve been trying very hard to keep up with my Top of the Month fiber club shipments from Three Waters Farm — to spin each month’s fiber in the month I receive it. I’ve never managed to stay up with my fiber clubs in the past, but it was a promise I made to myself when I signed up for this one. I managed it in December, missed January, and thought I’d be missing it again in February. I was acutely aware that that was not a great track record at all, though, so when I had a few days at the end of February to make a go with February’s ‘Light in the Trees’, I jumped.
Wanting to get this going asap, I didn’t overthink it. I prepped it simply with breaking it into its three equal & identical repeat portions (when dyers dye a braid of fiber they will often have three repeats on a 4oz braid) and then I stripped it into 2-3gram strips. I planned to spin it in one long piece and then n-ply it.
And the finished yarn?
From my 4oz braid of fiber, I got just shy of 400yards of 3-ply fingering weight yarn. Considering that I’ve been struggling to get in the 300yard range with the same amount of fiber, this is a huge accomplishment for me.
I saw a really gorgeous skein of gradient from this same fiber in the Ravelry group that almost made me second guess my blend of colors a little…
I do love how these colors interact, though. It really does remind me of looking up into the trees in a forest on a spring day — the browns of the bark & last year’s fallen leaves, the greens just starting to peek out below my feet, the crisp blue sky, and the warm sun. No, I don’t think I could have made a better skein for me.
What’s more, at about 400yards of fingering weight yarn this is a perfect skein for some sock knitting. I plan to work these two-at-a-time from the toe-up so that I’ll be able to use up all the yarn. After all, when it’s such a labor of love and represents such a huge leap, you use all the yarn. I’ve been meaning to give the new Churchmouse Toe-Up Sock pattern a whirl and I think think might be the perfect opportunity. I might even peek in my stash to find some yarn for a contrast toe & heel. I seem to recal a rusty brown that might work…
This spin has really felt like a turning point for me — the comfort I’m feeling at my wheel is at an all time high. Ironically, I’m wondering (and wondering and wondering) if I’m now able to bounce back and forth a little better between heavier yarns and this new lightweight yarn. That is the ultimate goal — to be able to sit down and just create the yarn I want, any yarn I want, whenever I want. For now, though, I think I’m going to hang around in this new lace weight singles realm for a little bit. It was a hard-won and I kind of what to bask in this little leap forward. A leap forward in February in a leap year. This spin may have been a whim, but I couldn’t have planned the results better if I’d tried!