288 Yards of Peggy

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©Shireen Nadir 2014

A few months ago, Rayna picked up a massive stash of fiber from someone who had opted to get rid of, literally, a garbage bag full of the stuff. She was going through it and held up a braid and declared that she would likely never spin it up. I said ‘I would!’ and Rayna said ‘It’s yours then’ because Rayna is like that.

©Shireen Nadir 2014

At the time, I’m not even sure why I piped up. Given that I only owned a drop spindle and a dysfunctional wheel, the odds that I would ever spin it up seemed slim to none.

©Shireen Nadir 2014

But after my beautiful wheel acquisition I went through my fiber ‘stash’ (it consisted of 4 braids, all of which have now been spun, dearth of fiber to be remedied this Friday) and pulled it out.

©Shireen Nadir 2014

It’s 4oz. of merino top called ‘Peggy’. I’m not sure if this is a characteristic of the fiber, or if it had felted slightly, because it was very hard to draft. I felt like I was manhandling it, and shamefully pre-drafted nigh to pencil roving thickness in order to get a consistent thread from it.

©Shireen Nadir 2014

Drafting difficulty notwithstanding, I can definitely see some progress in the finished piece. There are fewer slubby bits and more yarn-y bits and it almost looks as though checking my wraps per inch could be a meaningful exercise instead of a mildly depressing amusing one. If Rayna’s niddy-noddy math is correct, there are about 288 yards of a passable DK weight yarn here–enough for a cowl!

©Shireen Nadir 2014

After washing it, the fiber relaxed and became even more uniform in thickness. It is such a dramatic change, that I felt the need to wash, reshoot and re-blog my first skein as well because it looks so much better now.

©Shireen Nadir 2014

Working on my last braid now; a 100% alpaca so soft it feels like spinning air compared to my last braid. Though I’ve been pouring at least a case of resin a day, and weaving up some scarves for sale at the show this weekend, I’m still finding time for my addictive new hobby 🙂