First come the ingredients. The darkest blue is actually deeper and more teal than it looks here. It is some roving that I acquired, I think as a prize at a fiber retreat. It is Prime Merino Silk from River’s Edge Fiber Arts, 65% Merino, 35% silk. The colorway is called All Spruced Up.
The lighter blue toward the bottom is 100% Tussah silk from Sweet Georgia and is mostly blue with some bits of green and gold. The colorway is Tourmaline.
The lump of gray is where Batman comes in. Earlier this year, my niece Crystal sent me a package. Inside, was 8 ounces of alpaca prime fleece from Windy Farm Alpacas in Chesterfield, NJ. She had gone to a farm event and thought to send me some after having met Batman, the alpaca that provided this lovely fleece.
The tom right corner shows the resulting blend, straight off the drum carder. I decided to sample 20 grams, 50% alpaca, 40% of the wool/silk, and 10% silk. My sample didn’t get any of the greens or golds from the silk, but was delightful to spin.
My plan is to blend about 10 ounces total and spin to knit another Kika shawl/vest. The next step in the process is to wet finish the yarn and then knit up a swatch to see how I like the fabric. Mostly I need to decide if I want to alter the ingredient proportions or not.
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