New Year, New Yarn

Since I’ve just started spinning in the last few months, I thought it would be fun to devote this year to producing more of my own handspun. My fiber stash has already outgrown its designated bin, so I need to be more diligent with doing the actual spinning.
My most recently finished yarn was back in October. I had 4 ounces of Merino in a light green/vareigated and 4 ounces in a solid dark green. I spun each color separate, then plied them together to make a 2 ply yarn.
I ended up with some of the light green leftover, so I got to try Navajo plying for the first time. The great thing about Navajo plying (aka chain plying) is that you can ply with only a single strand, and it turns it into a 3 ply yarn.

Green Gables
100% Merino Wool
2 skeins of 2 ply, 1 skein of Navajo ply
472 yards total (402, 70 respectively)
approximately fingering weight

I call the yarn “Green Gables,” because I had just recently watched the Anne of Green Gables/Avonlea series, and this yarn reminded me of the lush green scenery throughout the movies. It’s hard to find colors like these in the desert.
Now I’m working on spinning up an 80% Alpaca/20% Silk blend that is absolutely heavenly to spin! It’s so easy to work with, and so far I’m happy with the results. This yarn will be a laceweight, so even though I’ve only got 4 ounces to spin up, it’s been taking forever. Luckily my technique is improving with each yarn, so I’m looking forward to seeing the finished results.

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