On the plus side, I was able to finish the Organic Polwarth from Classy Squid Fiber Co. which I started after The Unfortunate Incident occurred. I plied both singles together last Friday afternoon and the resulting skein is SO soft! The resulting skein is approximately 215 yards of 2-ply sport weight.
Cloudlover in the Quick's Point colorway, which I bought last fall at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. I was all set to ply them on Monday's rest day, but then a big box of fiber arrived on my doorstep and derailed my spinning plans for this week (more on that in a sec). It wasn't until yesterday that I had my wheel free to ply this project, thus driving home yet another reason why I really like having two spinning wheels at my disposal. I didn't get all the way through the bobbins before it was midnight and I really needed to think about going to sleep, but here is what the plied yarn is looking like so far:
July Spinzilla Fiber pack, which is a jaw-dropping selection of spinning fiber - just over three pounds of fiber, to be exact! As I mentioned on Wednesday, I have already started spinning with this fiber, but since I don't have any finished skeins to share just yet, I thought I would give you an overview of what is included in this month's fiber pack (they will be releasing more discounted fiber packs each month between now and Spinzilla in October):
- 1/2 lb Optim 100% Merino Top
- 1/2 lb Wool/Linen 60/40 Top
- 2 oz 100% Cashmere
- 1/2 lb Dyed Merino Top in Tawny Gold (I believe they send random colors?)
- 1/2 lb Super Fine Flax Top
- 1 lb Grey Gotland Sliver
- 1/2 lb Dark Coopworth
I'm spinning the Coopworth right now and it's a very easy spin - it practically drafts itself! I really love the rich chocolatey color. There is a little vm, but that's to be expected in a natural fiber, and it really hasn't slowed me down much.
The flax tops are intriguing to me - I plan to spin the wool/linen top first before giving the 100% super fine flax a try; I'm thinking that would be a great choice for the Challenge Day on 7/23. The dyed merino, cashmere and Optim are all quite soft - in fact, the Optim feels a little softer to me than the cashmere, I'm not sure how that's possible! They should be a luxurious spin that's only a teeny bit challenging due to the short staple length of the fibers. Weirdly, the fiber I am most excited to spin is the grey gotland sliver. I've spun gotland before, but this seems a little loftier than the roving I'd previously used. I am interested to see how it spins up, though I think I will save it for last!
Here's the clincher: allllll of these fibers are value priced at $75 (if you purchased each thing separately, the total retail cost would be almost $200!). Resist that if you can!
You may like to know: I was sent this product in exchange for a review; all opinions are my own.