Well, this has been kind of fun, hasn’t it? Five days, five new handspun yarns. Today the new yarn was created with fiber from Dyeabolical. Not too terribly long ago I accidentally/on purpose got 3 fresh braids of fiber from the shop to try out some of the new colorways Rachel, the lady behind Dyeabolical, developed earlier in the summer. Before I dive into my spin of…
66 Sunset on Fawn Shetland, I’d like to go on a tangent for just a moment to share that Rachel has also started doing a podcast under the title Knit. Dye. Read. and I started listening last week.
Normally I am not a podcast listener, mostly because I just rarely have uninterrupted time and I go bananas jumping into and out of thought processes. For those who know me well, you will recognize this as quite ironic considering how my mind works. But I digress… In any case, to put it simply, I really like Rachel’s podcast. First, she has the perfect voice for it. Seriously, I thought I’d tuned into NPR when she started talking. Second, the content is great — she has a fantastic format that includes segments that talk about her knitting, her dye biz, and what she’s reading. Her thoughts and opinions are clearly well-informed and authentic & I’ve found myself looking forward to hearing what she has to say. And lastly, her show is 20-30minutes long. This is huge for me! I never realized it before, but a big reason other podcasts have lost me is they are just too long for me to hang with them. It’s not that I have a short attention span, but to find a full quiet hour in one go can be tough in my life. Sure I could press pause and come back to it, but the fact is that I don’t. Rachel has definitely taught me that that whole 20-30 time frame is a perfect fit for me. So what I’m saying is check out her show. It’s interesting and fun and easy to squeeze into your busy day — if I can do it, so can you!
All right, tangent complete. Let’s get back to the spinning, shall we?I started these singles while on vacation in Missouri and being around family at the time, I just went with a simple 2-ply.
One of the things I truly love about buying from Dyeabolical is that while she does have in-stock items, most of her business is dyed-to-order. I know some don’t care to wait, but the wait is never too long and I love being able to pick & choose which colorway I’d like on which fiber. This Fawn Shetland 66 Sunset is a prime example — I could have picked from any of her 6 bases, but I had a feeling that the earthy light brown base would be lovely with this colorway.
The finished yarn is not quite as soft as if I’d picked a Targhee and it has less drape than if I’d selected the Falkland, but I love the depth of these colors. In my mind, it was such a worthy trade-off.
The finished skein is a beautiful, earthy 440yard fingering weight skein that measures roughly 14wpi. I had no plans for it until this afternoon when I saw a knitter friend in the Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry group share a photo of her own Yellow Dwarf Shawl. I think it’ll be a perfect match for this skein and a fun knit, too!
Thanks for taking a little trip through new handspun with me this week. It’s probably time to start another spin now, right?!