It's time to post about something other than All The Fleeces.
Something with colour.
How about how this gorgeous merino-silk (80/20) hand-dyed fibre from sdspin on Etsy (I bought it as a pick-me-up right after the twins were born in 2012).
became this fine single on my favourite support spindle (over a very long period of time; much of it was spun while nursing twins as I sat on the floor)
that was plied with some white louet merino-silk (plying singles were whipped up on the wheel where I also plied)
and later sections plied with some white-orange Falkland when I ran out of white
to be knit into this Naked Gardening shawl. [Design link provided]
The body and lace of the shawl was knit with the white-plied yarn while the ruffle was knit with the orange-white-plied yarn. I used 6/0 iridescent beads that capture the colours of the yarn and provide a subtle shine.
I had already tested this MKAL design using white lace. That shawl was gifted in June. Normally I don't reknit a pattern, but I knew this design would show off my beloved handspun delightfully.