The fine spinning class was such a treat! Teaching at Jennifer’s shop is so nice and relaxed and energizing, and all of the students were skillful and adventurous. It was really delightful to watch everyone experiment and settle on a favorite fiber.
The wheels in attendance were Kromskis, Frickes, a Lendrum and a wee little Merlin Tree. We spun silk hankies, silk top, a 50/50 silk/merino blend, an 80/20 merino/silk, superfine merino, alpaca/merino/silk, and Optim. Tomorrow when it’s light again I’ll snap a picture of my little sample skein and the little 3-gram skeins from short-draw roving and the wee little 3-gram sock I knit from it. It’s so cute, I think I’m going to have to knit tiny little socks from all the fibers in my shop. At Christmas I can have a little sock tree!
Optim is definitely my new fine-spinning favorite. It’s so gooey! It’s like spinning taffy or Silly Putty, not quite solid, not quite liquid. But it’s not at all hard to spin–at least not compared to the really slippery fibers like silk. It’s got enough woolly grab to stay together, but it’s smooth and elastic and weirdly viscous–seriously: gooey.
After Mitten School, I’m going to spin up an Optim treat for myself for winter. It will be just the thing when the days are short and I’m feeling mopey.