today it's raining - finally, after quite a long dry spell, so I can catch up on a few "inside" jobs... first of all I have to show my 4 seasons though. I did show two handspun yarns a while back, winter and spring. I had the fibres all out for some time, but didn't manage to do the actual carding for summer and autumn before last week (excuses, excuses:)). but now they're finished, all four of them - plus one smaller skein, where I spun up all the leftovers from the carder....
the autumn blend (middle left) is a bit like the spring one, same materials, but more silk - and some stronger madder dyes to make the tone more autumnal. the yellow here is a darker golden tone as well - if I remember correctly I used yellow cosmos flowers for dyeing here. I used a tussah silk thread (commercially spun) as core and spun a finer coil yarn - which took quite a lot of time to do, compared to the other three yarns.
winter is a blend of the same NZ lambswool top plus some baby alpaca in white. I added some white angelina and some trilobal nylon for winter sparkle. the yarn is a two-ply as well, the second yarn is a fine handspun viscose thread.
in the bottom right corner is the "leftover" skein. I plucked out the leftover fibres between the carder teeth and blended it all together. it's tweedy, but soft - and I really like it! maybe I should just take out more of the base colours for the 4 main yarns - and make a larger batch of the fifth? it would be nice for knitting - whereas I have no idea what to do now with the 4 different "main" yarns. I don't think using them together would look great - maybe I should keep them as demonstration skeins - to show people what happens, when you spin up your ideas without considering practicalities for later use:))
and what to spin now? I am nearly done with a small sample, for which I blended baby alpaca with silver fox - but I don't really like it. first of all the fox hair is extremely short, didn't blend all that well with the much longer alpaca. and also the silver grey fibres really only make the white alpaca look dirty:(( I have to try something else with the fox hair! I don't want to mess up more of the lovely and soft baby alpaca. I think I might spin some of this into a fine singles to be plied with a fine silk maybe? sounds good for a lace yarn, even though it won't be the most elastic yarn to knit with.
after finishing this sample I am torn between using the 300 g of honey mohair? or should I start with the black/white jacobs humbug top? choices, choices..... maybe I have some good ideas - after finishing a batch of blueberry muffins with "streusel" topping?:))