Before the lovely KCL spindle arrived, I got out my wool/silk/bamboo fiber from Lisa Souza and did a small sample as a two-ply:
The pale colors are lovely. I’m also going to do a slightly felted single to see if that might work as well.
And the KCL spindle is great. I might need to slightly adjust the hook though. It has a bit of a wobble at the moment.
edited to add: There are some designers who have put out patterns, or designated proceeds, to go to mercy and charity relief for the earthquake in Japan. One is Kay Gardiner, with her Mitered Crosses Blanket for Japan, and my spinning teacher from Stitches West, Janel Laidman, with her beautiful shawl pattern eiki (which means strength). Now, don’t buy them if you won’t use them (you can send money directly to folks like Doctors Without Borders ), but if you will, this is a win-win-win!