We love yarn. No two ways about it and we like to find good ways of combining fibres to get interesting effects or good colourways. It is worth the effort and thought. We will use embroidery cotton, sewing cotton , banana silk fibre, linen, silk…all sorts of things …to get the yarns we make to look good. Alan was spinning some merino tops with ocean colours and the resultant skein of wool he plied has added the sea spray to the ocean. It’s a lovely skein of wool and feels so soft and Instagram certainly liked it. Just as a matter of interest, Google has no understanding of merino tops when it comes to searches. It considers tops as articles of clothing.
He has also been spinning suri alpaca which he plied with mulberry silk. It has a very slight sheen and looks more interesting than just suri and nothing else. This is also dye ready if necessary.
Sometimes using different fibre combinations allows you to create yarns for a specific purpose or create yarns which will go further because you only have a small quantity of that colour or fleece. Planning yarns is all part of the creative journey with spinning.