Ride a painted pony
...let the spinning wheel spin.
(that's a Tic Tac, included for scale)
It took, let's see - a month to spin this, in little tiny chunks of time here and there: a spare five minutes waiting for a big file to upload, 10 minutes while the orzo boils, you know the kind of thing I mean (now, I just need to invent a toothbrush that'll do my teeth without any help from me - 4 extra minutes of spinning time a day!).
I think it's stunning (despite a lot of still-learning spinner's flaws) - it's a 50/50 Merino/Tencel blend from Mama-E by way of Clover Hill Yarn (they'll be at Stitches this weekend, with tons of Mama-E's stuff, woot! While we're at it, full disclosure: Erin and Chris are both friends of mine), in an absolutely beautiful swirl of seashell pinks and sophisticated, sagey greens. This begged for laceweight: the sheen of the Tencel is almost like that of silk - luminous and glowing - but there is a coziness to the yarn that must come from the wool. Perfect for a little shawl, someday - some delicate shoulder-perched bit of flowery lace for chilly spring nights.
I decided to go with a 2-ply for this stuff for a couple reasons: first, the colors are so close in value that I feared any more plies at this fine grist would just turn out a muddy, mono-chromatic looking yarn. Second, I think 2-plies are just fine for lace; they have a flatness that I think blocks out beautifully and shows the structure of the knitting very nicely. Good stuff.
Weight: 80 grams
Yardage: 900 yards/ 830 meters (~ laceweight)
Plied WPI: ~33
Other specs: Worsted-spun two-ply, singles spun from random lengthwise-stripped sections
And now I have a bobbin full of this to ply:
I don't even remember when I spun this up, but it's Hello Yarn's Merino top in Blows Smoke. I think I'll end up with 400 yards or so of fingering-weight barberpole yarn - two-color Fair Isle, maybe, with a natural white? We'll see what we see.
(Here is where I try to adequately say thanks for the very hearty reception from all you very wonderful people, but fail miserably. You've really cheered me up - and I am grateful.)