19 June, 2013
I am done spinning my two ounces of Sweetgrass Targhee, finally. Progress didn't just seem glacial, it was: it measured a month from start to finish with many days where the spindle sat untouched. Some of that was understandable and some was sloth, for which I blame the expedient handknit dish cloths.
Now to ply and then make another two ounces of yarn after that. That will finish off my supply of this wool.
I'd expected that this along with the existing four ounces of Targhee handspun would be enough to make a monochrome språng scarf. It would have been too, except I diverted half the yarn on hand to another purpose. A friend went to a dye workshop and kindly took my skein along for three dips in the indigo vat.
Isn't indigo attractive and restful looking? I got to see some of the workshop results with woad on another skein and I think woad looks even better, but indigo is good.
The dye vat's warm water caused the yarn to expand in diameter because the crimp of the wool revived, much the way naturally curly hair gets curlier after washing. If I eke this out with yet more Targhee handspun for a project, I will wash that yarn so it will be in the same state.