Our vacation this year was one week of camping at Willow River State Park in Wisconsin. On the way up, we stopped in Black River Falls to say hey to the In-Laws and to stop at Fibergarden. Deb is the owner and she taught me how to spin some 7 years ago.
I bought the bamboo fiber in 3 colors: Ruby, Turquoise and Topaz. I purchased 3 ounces each and was off to the State Park.
I spun up about 60 yards of laceweight yarn in the ruby color during the week on a mini-Bosworth spindle.
I wound the yarn around my hand, and then plied it on the spindle for a laceweight yarn. I knitted a bookmark from the yarn using the Lace Waves Bookmark Pattern.
My opinion of spinning bamboo: It has the feel of silk when spinning. It requires more twist than silk. When spinning, it does have a nice 'slide' to it like silk, but can also stubbornly 'stick' when it wants to. My first experiences on the spindle were great when spinning, but hideous when plying.
I have decided the best way to ply it is to wind it on the ball winder and use my Ashford Traveller. There was just so much tangling with winding using what I call the 'Parade Wave' wind about the hand. This technique was taught to me by Patsy Z and the Wi spin in a few years ago. Works well for small amounts of yarn.
The sheen and depth of color on this fiber is mesmerizing. I am using the gold and blue to make the Roped Shell from Interweave Knits Summer Issue. This will take a while..........