I recently spun up a skein of brown merino from one of my raw fleeces. The skein was laying in the 'transition area' where I put skeins after they've dried from their 'setting the twist' soak and are now awaiting labeling for sale. Then, last night, I was playing around with some gold-dyed silk hankies I got at one of the recent fiber shows, and spun one up into about five yards of a triple-ply approximately equivalent to embroidery thread.
I happened to set the thread on top of the skein of brown merino. The two looked so beautiful together that I had to knit up a quick swatch to satisfy my curiosity. I used a bit of the two-ply merino that I had left-over and knitted it together with the golden silk using size 00 needles. Here's a super close-up of the swatch:
The small stockinette bit above the band of garter stitch near the top is where I switched to size 1 needles.
Sometimes I really grow to love the skeins that I make and it's hard for me to put them up for sale. It's times like these that I wish I were a better knitter and could create something really beautiful with the yarns I make. How I'd love to do justice to this brown merino and gold silk combination.