Soft and Dreamy

Ohhh … I’ve just started my next spin, and just had to share. It’s a 50/50 blend of hand-dyed alpaca and Tencel™ that I bought at a recent fiber arts retreat and although I’ve just begun, it’s spinning up like a cloud.

I love spinning alpaca, but have very little experience spinning Tencel. In fact, my one previous experience with it proved difficult and unsatisfactory. Believing the problem had been in the blending process, I decided to give it another chance.

This pure softness of this environmentally friendly, wood-based product intrigued me in spite of my doubts, so I’ll share what I found online ( about this unusual fiber.

Quote: “TENCEL™ Modal fibers are known for being exquisitely soft and pleasant to the skin. Exhibiting high flexibility, TENCEL™ Modal fibers enhance textiles with a naturally soft quality. Offering endless design possibilities, TENCEL™ Modal fibers can be blended with other fibers to significantly improving the softness and comfort of fabrics.”

So, when I found this blended braid hanging in a vender’s booth at the retreat, the soft feel of it and the lovely colors spoke to me. I’m glad it did.

The royal purple and clear aqua will end up muted for the most part to icy blues and lavender by the amount of white in the blend, but I expect the full richness of both colors will pop up randomly to brighten the finished yarn.

This is going to be a purely enjoyable spin. I can hardly wait to be surprised by the end result. I love happy surprises.

Published by 2dachsnite

I’m a RV Sometimer (less than full time, but more than a weekend warrior) living in Alaska, with dreams of seeing the country in my RV. I am 70 years old and married, but my husband isn’t a fan of RV travel, so my journeys are mostly solo except for my navigators; dachshunds Baxter & Rhonda. I’m also a spinner of tales - and a spinner of yarn (my other passion). My spinning wheel, along with the dogs, go along on all my travels. I look forward to sharing my stories, including photos and videos, with you.

2 thoughts on “Soft and Dreamy

  1. Hmm … I might. The first skein (about 320 yds, sport-weight) is on the drying rack. It was a 4 oz braid of fiber.

    I’m about to start spinning the second braid and have been debating whether to try to match the first, or to use a different spinning method (different gauge or just controlling the color blend differently).
    How many yds might you be interested in? It could affect my decision. 😉 If I go for something different, it won’t match … but could be something you’d like even better?


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