First you take this:
(coopworth/alpaca blend from Jehovah Jireh Farm)
and then you make it into this handspun single-ply yarn:
Which then in turn gets plied with this iridescent commercial flossy stuff for a binder:
And then it looks like this:
Then, ply it one more time with the binder, in the opposite direction from the last ply, the same direction in which the original single was spun, and when you skein it you get:
…what my better half named TROPICAL RAINBOW SKEINBERT!
From yarn that I spun from fibers that I dyed and blended… mohair/soy silk for the pinkish, mohair/tussah silk for the white, and tussah silk dyed with easter egg dye for the “mouldy green” part. All are single-ply yarns, and I did the blending with a drum carder.
Raw materials… er at least, partly done materials…
The ol’ “Point the camera at the mirror” trick! Hah!
Oh… scads and scads more photos of this hard-to-photograph object. It’s terribly pastel, yes… but it does have nice colours, and feels extremely soft and fuzzy.
I’m calling it done. It’s big enough:
Huzzah, the girly blanket!
No less than 57 pictures at varying stages of start to finish. Categorically the trickiest thing I’ve made to date. I must have worked on it for 2 months?
It has flowers, netting, pseudo-ground, leaves, and pineapples.
Man, this thing worked me hard. But it was fun and I learned a lot making it.