Lovely Lilac Merino

I blogged before about the fiber that had arrived from Wingham Wool Work. I set to work spinning the merino in the silver grey colour though to me I think it's more a light lilac colour.

Having a beer and spinning go well together. The Edelweiss is really good actually, lovely and light. The merino was a little harder to spin than the beer was to drink, it's a short staple fiber so it needs a lot of twist and it works better spun finely. I spun about 50g of the fiber and then made a two ply yarn from the singles. I made one single and then plied from a centre pull ball. I kept a bit more of an eye on the plying this time. At the end the yarn was a little over twisted but the soaking and drying sorted that out.

At the end there was 62m of about aran weight yarn.

A close up with a 10 cent coin for scale.

4 Responses to "Lovely Lilac Merino" (Leave A Comment)

Anonymous says
March 3, 2009 at 12:11 AM

What a delicious post-- the wool and the beer!

I have never tried spinning but am intrigued. It's such an archetypal/fairytale activity. I'm a bit intimidated-- maybe I should have a beer first!

Sinéad says
March 3, 2009 at 2:05 AM

Lovely yarn, well done! I agree though, it looks more lilac than silver.

Luke McKinney says
March 4, 2009 at 8:07 AM

Drinking a beer and spinning a yarn about spinning yarn.

Boak says
March 17, 2009 at 1:37 PM

I can't mix knitting and beer, though. I drop stitches after a pint.