Oh yes... The Baynes has been getting another workout and is such a happy wheel because of the attention.
This is the merino batt hand-dyed by Denny at Lettuce Knit which I bought on my trip to Toronto (Hi Toronto Knitters!)
Actually, it's two bats. One was a fairly evenly dyed deep turquoise blue, the other a fairly unevenly dyed batt of shades of turquoise and white. Denny explained that she'd used it to exhaust the dye bath. Fair enough. I decided to separate each batt into strips about a thumb wide and to alternate them in my spinning. The hope was that it would produce a variegated yarn that would have shaded areas rather than blatant stripes.
I'm still working on this spinning thing. I took one lesson on hand spindling the summer before last. That's it. I think this is somewhat underspun as a single, although I don't really know what I'm doing wrong there. The plying seems ok but that's probably because I don't know what I'm looking at. I would like to take a class that would show me how to adjust the wheel properly (I'm just guessing as I go) and would love to have a spinner give me pointers on technique. I'm sure that with some experienced eyes I could be making a nice consistent sock yarn in no time.
Meanwhile, this is a perfectly knittable yarn in a perfectly beautiful shaded turquoise that makes me think of sunlight on a perfect pool. The skein is about 235 yards of about dk weight and I think it would make a perfectly lovely lacey scarf.
Next time: Llama, Llama, Llama!