I chose both the Kungfiskare and Koi Pond to spin after the red project because they both are blue and orange. Those were the only two that I had in those colours, and I wanted to spin them up and out of my fibre stash before moving on.
There is quite a bit of variation and texture in Koi Pond. I had to give up on smoothness while spinning, embrace the lumps, snarls, slubs, stray hairs, clumps of glitter and semi-matted locks, and let them into my yarn. I have no idea what to do with it. I love the vibrant colours, but this is in no way a wearable yarn for anything I could think of.
It is a lot more appropriate for weaving a doll rug/blanket thingy, or a pouch, or a tapestry, or a belt, or something. Something to show off the texture and colours which are awesome. I wonder if I could get away with a woven pillow cover? Hmmm... I may have found a use for it after all.
Compared to the vibrant Koi Pond, the Kungfiskare is much more subdued. So smooth, so calm, such delicate colour. I love this one too. If I knit something with it, it will be for someone else because these are not at all colours I want to wear.
I am thinking of a some sort of scarf. Perhaps asymmetric triangle, or a square knit diagonally, or from the centre out, or a semicircle, or a crescent, or a trapezoid? So many shapes to choose from, so difficult to choose one that does justice to the fractal nature of this yarn.
New project has been started already. This time I want to spin the finest singles I can manage, from a smooth prep, lush fibres, and a colourway that is not too wild. This is for a present and it has to be the best yarn I have ever spun.
I have two of those batts and I am planning to make one single of each, then ply them together. I want smooth even yarn, so I am tearing off strips from the batt lengthways and spinning each one as fine as I can with short forward draw instead of doing more woolen things to the batts.
To be smart about it this time and not just eyeball the thickness as usual, I have made a control card with a sample of the singles and the 2-ply. I am checking the thickness against the card every time I move the fibre guide on the flyer. So far so good, there haven't been too many variations.
A close-up of the singles on the bobbin with the adora-whale for scale. I am happy with the level of fuzziness of the yarn, some fuzz is good, I want this to be warm as well as fine.