Finally finished my experimental skein:
Commercially combed 20 micron merino top
Hand dyed by me
Grist:10,555 mtrs per Kg
Singles: Z spun
Plied: S spun
Wheel: Ashford Traditional
Drive ratio: 40:1
This is the first yarn/skein I spun using my new Ashford Lace Flyer. I really really like it. Spinning seems effortless, because of the higher ratio I no longer treadle like a mad woman to get enough twist into the singles. Cross lacing the singles across the flyer does work, it slows the take up of the yarn onto the bobbin. I soon got a feel for it.
One error I made, when I came to ply the singles I used a lace bobbin, I should have just used a normal one. I will know next time!
Now I've just made a start on this beautiful stuff:
I originally planned to spin onto 2 bobbins and 2 ply the singles, but I had a change of heart and decided to spin it all onto one bobbin and Navajo ply for a 3 ply gradient yarn. The blue is much more teal/peacock in reality. I'm halfway through the first colour of 4.
The peonies are all coming into bloom in my garden and I cut the first vase full today. The roses are just about ready to bloom but we are still getting cold frosty nights. I cover over the potatoes and other frost tender crops at night, it seems rather late in the year to be doing that.