I managed to save it until December before spinning it, even though I periodically had to go and get it out of the bag and admire and pet it! Eventually though, I succumbed when I took my spinning wheel to a Christmas market being held in a local cafe. It was a delight to spin, especially when I realised there were feathers in there. Imagine - feathers! I'd often thought about spinning feathers into my yarns, but somehow never got around to it.
This batt could just not be spun smoothly and finely, and I didn't want to do that anyway. However, during the afternoon an older lady called in and sat watching me spin for a while. She kept telling me I should try and spin more smoothly and evenly and get a nice regular yarn. I tried telling her it just wasn't possible with these fibres, but I don't think she understood. I hadn't the heart to tell her I'd spent the last 26 years spinning smoothly and evenly and it was time for a change.
Anyway, this was the bobbin at the end of the day. Yes, there is a bobbin in there somewhere! I was determined it was all going to fit on that bobbin.
This then sat around until last week when I finally decided what to spin for the other ply. I dredged through my bags of World of Wool botany lap waste and came up with these colours, which I thought complimented the fibres I'd already spun.
I fed these onto my drum carder and added some sparkly white tencel for highlight. This is what it looked like after one pass, but I thought it would benefit from another journey through the tines.
After the second pass I was happy that it would compliment what I'd already spun without stealing the limelight :-
|The finished bobbin|
And here it is plied together (note the fluffy feather in the centre) :-
210g, 292 yds/223m.
Here's another feather :-
I think this yarn deserves something a bit different, and I may just summon all my courage and have a go at weaving with it. I've only had my loom 23 months, so it's probably time it had an airing. In the meantime, I'm so pleased with the way the feathers performed, I need to spin more. Now, where can I buy lots of feathers? We live in a duck-producing area of France and have a friend who has a duck farm . . . maybe duck feathers would work?