I’m from the school of thought that every month’s braid from Three Waters Farm’s Top of the Month Club is pretty wonderful. This month’s braid, Red Hot & Blue…
Having spun a couple worsted weight barberpoling skeins a recently, I had it on the brain a bit and decided to spin another with this lovely fiber.
I used my Spinner’s Control Card again to get the singles in the realm of what would get me a worsted weight 2ply when all was said and done. I’m really learning to like that tool a lot.
With regards to prep and color handling, I didn’t get too precious about it. I split the braid into thirds according to the color repeat first. Then I split one of those thirds in half and put one half with each of the 2 remaining thirds (this isn’t getting confusing at all, lol!). Then I prepped each half into smaller nests; one that would spin starting from the pink side of the color repeat and the other half to spin starting with the blue. And off I went.
I finished the singles in good time and then got down to plying. As I plied, I worried that I had spun the singles too light as the yarn looked thin compared to what I had aimed for. I knew I hadn’t been perfectly consistent, but this looked like I’d missed my mark. Regardless, I finished plying using an Andean plying bracelet to use up every last bit and then I popped it in the wash.
And, wow did it poof up!
Can I show you another close-up?
I have to measure out yardage, but I would guess I’m in the 200yard range and I’m definitely thinking this needs to be a hat. I went through my knitted hats recently and I realized that with my upsurge in spinning this year I really need to upgrade my hat collection. The only question is… will my daughter steal this one as soon as it’s done?