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 (www.tencel.com) 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.