Shades of Autumn

So, in the last month....I've moved house, unpacked and reorganized, gone to the Olympics, sorted out my dyespace, played with some new colors, gone to the Paralympics, and gotten the kids ready to go back to school. Next Wednesday is D-Day, after which I will have much more time to devote to playing with fiber. But I wanted to give you a little teaser...

Leaf Peepers Bluefaced Leicester

Leaf Peepers Bluefaced Leicester

Since BFL is one of my favorite fibers, and autumn is my favorite season, it will come as no surprise that some of this stuff jumped right on to my wheel.

I split my 4 oz bump into three equal lengths to make a 3-ply. The first length I spun straight from the entire width of the top. For the second ply, I split the top in half, and for the third single I split the top into fourths. I ended up with a yarn that seems to be pretty well blended - I think any stripes that come out in the knitting will be pretty subtle.

I sometimes dream that I manage to split my fiber evenly enough and spin consistently enough that I run out of all three singles at the same time. Sadly, this was not that ever-elusive Spinning Nirvana. But that did give me an opportunity to use up the leftover singles in a 2 ply sample.

I love the way the colors blended together in the final yarns, and I can't wait to see what they look like knit up. I've only got about 25 yds of the 2-ply, but almost 100 yds of bulky weight 3-ply. It's calling cowl to me, but I've got to dive into the stitch dictionaries and find something suitably fallish and leafy for it. If I get my act together, I'll hopefully have a pattern for it to go with the fiber.

A bit more close-up fiber eye candy for you. I hope everyone has a great weekend!