My latest spinning adventure culminated in the successful skein pictured above: 355 yards of fingering weight sock yarn. The fiber was purchased at Stitches West 2012 from Creatively Dyed Yarns. It is 80% superwash merino, 10% bamboo and 10% seacell (a silky cellulose fiber that contains seaweed). The colorway is quite stunning although it’s oddly named: String. Yes, String. Huh? I’d love to know the thought process behind that name!
Other stats: approx. 20 wpi, 3.5 ounces. I will probably knit a pair of socks for myself out of this. I’m very curious to see how the socks hold up (both literally and figuratively)! Seacell is one of those “new fangled” fibers that I haven’t tried yet in a project. Has anyone out there knitted socks that contained seacell? Post your thoughts/experiences in the comment section.
June 30th (ie. this coming Saturday) starts the annual Tour de Fleece event on Ravelry. I am participating for the first time and have joined upwards of five teams. You basically commit to spinning every day the Tour de France runs. There are prizes, although the main benefit is to make new friends, challenge yourself, and improve your spinning skills. You can set any sort of goal you’d like; for example, spin a sweater’s worth of yarn, spin finer than you ever have before, reduce your ever-expanding stash, spin a project’s worth of yarn using a specific drafting technique, etc. I’m looking forward to it! I’ll be posting my experiences during the month of July, along with photos of my spinning.