I think I'm officially on a spinning jag. After I finished my last skein of handspun, I immediately started another.
This is another braid from The Wacky Windmill, a 70% superwash Merino and 30% Seacell blend which I adore. It is fantastically soft and silky and fluffs up very nicely with a little predrafting. I love the earthy blend of colors, appropriately named 'The Shire'.
While I carded and spun the fiber for my last skein woolen-style to make a very fluffy, bouncy, almost sticky texture, this one I am spinning worsted-style from the smooth top. I am getting a delightfully even single. I split the braid in two and will spin each half and then chain ply for a 3-ply yarn that preserves the color sequence. I am also changing up the direction I'm spinning this time: spinning the singles counter clockwise and then plying clockwise. There was an interesting article in the latest Spin-Off magazine about how the direction you spin can be affected by the way you knit, because as you knit you are either adding or removing twist, and this can make your plied yarn come unplied or give it tighter twist. Just another little experiment... we'll see what happens!
I'm thinking I should be able to make good progress on this while watching the last of the LOTR movies this evening...