Finished Object: From Fluff to Stuff

Two weeks after finishing it I’m finally getting around to posting my Mothed FO. I struggled to get gauge with this so I knitted the large hoping for a medium(ish) (why yes, I am terrible with gauge and just hope for the best). Then lockdown happened and I wished I’d knitted the next size up 😂. Still I’m nearly back down to my pre-lockdown weight so hopefully I’ll get some autumn wear out of this. I want it to hang loosely and it fits a little too well at the moment.

The yarn is a Fellview Fibre spin from a few years ago in the colourway Jet Powered, which I think was a merino/silk blend. The yarn was a traditional 3-ply with the rolags as one ply, and then one ply of a camel/silk blend and one of yak/silk.

I was pretty happy with this spin at the time, but finishing up this project a couple of things strike me. The first is that my spinning has really improved over the last few years. I’m still far from perfect, but I spin much more consistently now and my yarns are softer. The second is that Yak is not a fibre for me. I’ve tried it a couple of times and it always seems to come out a little over plied. Still it’s made for a jumper with a nice lightness and drape to it that I think will make good autumn/spring wear.

Despite the two years it sat in a cupboard (a lot less than I thought) this is actually a pretty quick and easy knit and I think I’d use it as a template for another jumper in the future, probably with a slightly thicker yarn or one with less drape and more ‘spring’.

Author: ceulanfibres

Knitter. Spinner. Sometimes weaver and dyer.

4 thoughts on “Finished Object: From Fluff to Stuff”

  1. They both look great – I hope you get loads of wear out of both. The colors really are ones I’d pick for myself! I find yak to always spin up so densely, so maybe that’s what you’ve experienced too? It’s definitely a different feel than wool or other animal fibers. It reminds me a bit more of spinning angora bunny than anything else – wispy but dense all at the same time.

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    1. That’s really interesting because that’s exactly it. It starts beautifully soft like camel, for example, and then it seems stiff on spinning. Still a lovely drape, but robust if you see what I mean? If it was a wine or tea I’d say it was high in tannin if that makes any sense at all 😂

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