A couple of weeks ago, I got an email asking if I would be interested in reviewing the Louet Spinzilla 2015 September Fiber Pack which I agreed to do…and then it came…and it was like a little avalanche of fiber! The box contained far more than I expected. This is the fourth fiber pack Louet has designed for Spinzilla 2015. This pack contained 1 lb Wensleydale Top, 1 lb Superwash Merino Top, 1 lb Wool/Mohair Blend and a Gaywool Dye Starter Kit in their Bush Blends. The regular retail of these products is $184 but the pack is offered for sale at $85 — so it’s a great bargain. To make it even better, the pack includes a 20% off coupon on purchasing more of the dyes.
Wow…ok…this isn’t the type of fiber I normally work with nor were the dye colors ones I would typically pick, so what a great challenge for me. I started assessing some dyeing options first by playing with the samples off of the sample card:
Then, I figured I would go ahead a dye each of the three fibers in each of the six colors. I separated the fiber and then tied up six bundles each containing equal amounts of the Superwash, the Wensleydale and the Wool/Mohair Blend. I prepared some pans for oven dyeing and got cooking:
After everything was dyed, rinsed and dried, I had these pretty bundles:
In the Iceberg colorway, you can really see the difference in the way the fibers took the dyes. The Superwash saturated the most easily while the Wensleydale and the Wool/Mohair did not saturate as much.
My next design decision was how to combine the fibers for spinning. Because of the vibrancy of the Superwash samples, I decided to spin them all as singles and then ply them for a Six Ply and I’m so happy I did!
Now, left with the Wool/Mohair and Wensleydale samples, I wondered whether to combine them in some way or just spin them on their own. The Wool/Mohair seemed to be crying out to be made into some batts whereas, the Wensleydale whispered to be left alone. However, when it came time to make the batts, I decided to consult with the Pantone Color Report for Fall 2015 first:
I know it sounds a bit like consulting with an oracle, but it works for me. From looking over the color report and thinking about what I had, I made three batts from the Wool/Mohair:
And, from these batts came these yarns:
OK, coming into the home stretch now, I grabbed the Wensleydale top samples in Garnet and Alpine and let it just be itself in simple two ply yarns:
I love these yarns! I can’t wait to weave with them. It’s hard to see from the images, but the Wensleydale has a gorgeous sheen and the colorways are so natural and lovely looking. As many of you know, I’m used to challenges involving unusual (ok, weird a lot of the time) things, so this was a great opportunity for me. These fiber packs are a lot of fun and really a good buy. Thanks, Louet!!!