Purple Fleece Review
I am not an expert spinner. I actually consider myself a competent novice. But every once in a while I fall in love with a roving. I have been eyeing the Purple Fleece rovings ever since they came in.
Well, actually I have been eyeing them since before they came in. The merino and tencel blend especially called out to me. In color You Red My Mind it is positively delicious.
I started with my Schact 2oz drop spindle. The roving drafts like a dream. The merino keeps it soft and lofty and the tencel makes it the the right amount of slippery. It flowed through my fingers like water and I was able to get an even, thin fine lace weight singles.
When I plied, I got a 15 wpi worsted spun sport weight with subtle color blends that I loved even more than the singles.
Knitted up in a tiny swatch, it did a pretty self striping thing. I under spun the ply so there is a little bit of bias in the knitted swatch but the texture and color are spectacular. The hint is silky sheen from the tencel makes it very special indeed.
So far I am loving the Purple Fleece even more than I though I would. I’ll try the rest of the 4oz wreath on my wheel and probably turn it into fingerless mitts. Or maybe I’ll move on to spin some BFL/Silk blend, or maybe the merino superwash, or maybe…