the card (which she also made!) says that it is romney wool from the Homestead Rescue Farm. i’ve never spun or knit with romney, so this will be a new experience for me. she bought this in fleece form and had it processed herself at a small mill. shannon, you, my dear, are awesome. thank you so much!!
now, take a second to look at the close-up pictured above. do you see how springy the yarn is? that’s a spinner’s choice. if you put a lot of energy/twist into the yarn, with most wools you will end up with a very close and tight ply. i love this when knitting, because it makes the yarn less likely to be splitty. the tight ply will also make this a very hardy yarn. it’s fun knitting with other spinner’s yarn because we are all so different.
i can’t really tell you how i’d spin romney, but i tend to spin with medium bounce… that is, i spin with plenty of spin to get a good ply, but i usually don’t spin with the nice tight squishy ply of this yarn. early on in my spinning career, i spun pretty loosely, and you’ll still see that in some of my big lofty yarns. this allows for optimum softness, although it can look quite unspun. i hope to play a bit more with amounts of twist in yarn.
speaking of spinning – i leave for SOAR on sunday. eeep!! more on that later, but i bet i spin completely differently when i return :D