I got home from Scotland last Thursday night, and promptly went down to the Bay to check on the house and catch up on my sleep. I took advantage of the quiet weekend to spin the other half of the merino-tencel top I started a couple of weeks ago, and ply it. I’m still looking for a true laceweight, and need either more patience, a faster wheel, or more practice.
Here’s the resulting skein, a heavy fingering/sportweight, that will make a nice scarf or shawl.
The merino-tencel blend has a soft silky hand and lofty feel, despite being worsted spun. The fiber has a lovely sheen and only the tiniest of halo before being knit up. I haven’t swatched the yarn yet, but have a couple of possible simple lace projects in mind for it.
Fiber: Ashland Bay Merino/Tencel 70/30, Blueberry, a deep blue-purple blended with pale silvery tencel
Purchased from: Rocktown Yarns, Harrisonburg
Spun with: Louet Victoria
Whorl / Tension: 12:1 / Low-medium tension
WPI/Gauge/TPI: 16wpi sportweight / 7tpi
Plies/Method: 2-ply / standard
Yardage/Finished Wt: ~ 400yds / 3.5oz
The singles were spun with fairly high twist and then plied with lower twist. I had a devil of a time with the wheel while plying, as it kept sticking and binding up and having issues with the tension. I’m going to start looking at different wheels as the Victoria is a great little wheel, but seems to be limited by its weight and top speed. I'd love to hear from others if they have had better luck spinning laceweight with this wheel.
The merino-tencel was easy enough to spin, but trying to get a laceweight from this wheel seems like a lot of work. There is a high speed flyer due out for the Victoria, but I'm considering investing that money in a more production-oriented wheel and saving this for lighter duty as it is.