Friday, January 18, 2008

Silk and Merino blended

I have been having fun with the drum carded at work. I dyed some superwash merino and some tussah silk in the same pot the other day with the idea of blending them into something that I haven't spun before. And I succeeded.

Presenting the dyed silk and merino.
I equally divided the merino and silk into 5 equal bundles of 105 grams of merino and 5 grams of silk,

which I then blended on the drum carder,
and made in to five wonderful bundles of beauty
that I have started to spin tonight. One of the bundles had a little more pink in it and I am splitting it into quarters and spinning in in between the other four with a little bit of the pink blend saved for the end. I will then ply it from a center pull ball. I am hoping that this will even out the purple bits. It is nice to spin and I hope that it will be nice to knit with. Some day.


Cynthia said...

That is some beautiful yarn you have there Jackie; I don't think I could ever have the patience to do all that is gorgeous though; can't wait to see what it is like worked up.

curious llama said...

Hello Jackie! Just to let you know that I have finally set up an google account, so I no longer have to send my comments in as anonymous. I am 'curious llama'. This photo was taken in the apolombabma region of Bolivia this summer. The path that you can see
is a pre-inca road.

Is it the silk that is giving such a sheen to your merino? Pretty colours.


Sue said...


Dave Daniels said...

Beautiful work! I have a drum carder, but can't seem to get the hang of it yet.

Anonymous said...

@ Curious llama

It seems a bit of a stretch of the imagination to call that thing a "road" at all. At least in our context. Looks like a path to me. Nice critters though.

Leigh said...

I have to say that this is one of my all time favorite blends. Your color choices were superb, and what coming off your wheel is absolutely yummy.

DaviMack said...

I see that, after we're done going to school in the UK, we're going to have to come to Canada for some instruction! Fabulous!

jessie said...

I absolutely love how silk and merino look pre-drafted (clouds!) and spun (metallic, almost).