Somehow not what I was expecting

Well I gave in and opened that braid of fibre that I just bought, and boy was I ever surprised. Never when I have bought fibre before has is ever come in an actual braid. Sure it’s called a braid but it’s actually a fancy crochet chain and the fibre is actually one long string of combed top. This was not the case with this fibre, it was an actual three stranded braid! I really don’t know how I didn’t notice it before.

So I opened it up all the way to look at the colour sequence. And I was even more surprised to find that none of the three strands have the same colour sequences either!

This braid turned out to be almost nothing I thought it would be, now all the ideas I had for how I might spin it have gone right out the window.

Now I’m thinking that since I want to spin it for socks that I have a couple of options. Either I spin a traditional three ply and just leave the colours as they are in the individual strands of the braid and where the colours go they go or I could do something like break it all up into fauxlags and spin a gradient and either 2ply it or n-ply it. I’m torn, both of them sound like they might be fun.

What do you think? Do you have any other ideas for how to spin it?

2 thoughts on “Somehow not what I was expecting

  1. I’ve often received actual braids for fiber, but they are usually still one long strip of fiber. I’ve never seen them show up as 3 separate strips. Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

    For socks, I’d stick with a traditional 3 ply, as they are supposed to wear longer that way. I have to admit, I’d be spinning those strips just as they are, then doing a traditional 3 ply simply to see how it all shakes out in the end. Looks like good fun!


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