Sometime last year I bought three braids of New Zealand Perendale from Maude and Me, two in an orange/brown colourway called Maple and one in a yellow/brown colourway called Mr. Brightside. As soon as I saw them I knew that they needed to be a 70’s hand spun yarn in a lovely 3-ply.
I bought the braids and they languished in my fiber cupboard (if you’ve been to my house you know that I have an entire hutch FULL of fiber), waiting until my Hansen mini-Spinner arrived. I knew that my Majacraft and it’s tiny 4oz bobbins wouldn’t be enough to hold this yarn, whereas the giant Woolee Winder bobbins will hold a massive 8-10oz of fiber!!
For reference, each of the bobbins has about 4.5oz of fiber on it and still has tonnes of room left.
For the people who wonder where I get the time – these singles took me 5 week to spin. Pre-child I could have had this same amount spun up in a weekend at most. I might still get stuff done, but it takes way, way longer.
This past weekend I finally got around to plying these. Man oh man is this yarn full of retro awesomesauce. The orange and yellow and brown work so well together – so, so well. It reminds me of a chevron crochet afghan that my mom made in the 70’s.
And yes, that is snow in the background. Welcome to Canada, where the crazy spinners stand in the cold with no coat/sweater on (I may have been in a tank top) at 9am to take photos of hand spun yarn against a snowy backdrop to make the colours pop.
Because it’s me and I’m not a process person I didn’t bother to count yardage. I did end up with a dk-worsted-ish 3-ply in one massive skein, one medium skein, and one baby skein (where I had a breakage and started again). But one breakage in 12+oz of singles is pretty good by my count!
I don’t have definite plans for this yarn yet, but in my head it would be an amazing crocheted granny square pillow cover. This just might happen if I can finish up some of the top secret projects currently in the queue.