One of the many marvelous things about fibering is the option to create with fiber in alternative ways. My wrist needed a rest from felting but my fingers craved fiber. This scrumptious bit of polwarth roving in colorway Lobster I bought it from Spunky Eclectic has been screaming for attention ever since I bought it. My post Christmas gift to myself: Lobster on the Rose. The spin is delightful. Soft, free flowing, and just so dang loaded with luscious color to counteract all the white and grey of winter drear. I split the length into two equal 2 ounce strips, split one into at least 6 strips and spun that 2 ounces on one bobbin. I spun across the top of the second 2 ounce strip on a second bobbin, then plied them together for a a nice tonal variegated fractal spun skein, about 180 yards. Mickey modeled the skein for me and still has no idea what that's all about.
With my bobbins empty, it is time to take on the Spunky Club Woolen spinning challenge on Ravelry. The challenge is individual but the focus is woolen spinning: whatever your ability to spin woolen is, set a goal to take it to the next level. For me, that's easy. Practice practice practice and hope to add this technique to my skill set. I have a request for a worsted weight wool and angora blend skein of yarn so my goal is to spin a woolen skein good enough to fill this request. After I got Lobster polwarth off the bobbin this morning, I pulled out a bag of wool I had processed at Still River Mill, measured out 10 grams of the wool and 5 grams of angora, then carded them together. I ended up with a batt just under one ounce, full of soft and springy character. I split the batt into strips and set up Rose. I had a bit of trouble getting started woolen so basically gave up and started the single with short forward draw, then switched to supported long draw. Moments of brilliance alternated with lots of ... well... not so much brilliance, and maybe some growling that really didn't come from the dogs. But long draw is a techinque I am not yet comfortable with, and the fact I get moments where it works is enough to keep me going. For now, I have a small lumpy bumpy woolen skein that is squishably soft which may eventually adorn some felting project but until then, will be my benchmark as I continue towards my challenge goal.