A tale of two rovings.
I bought 2 hanks of luscious Sanguine Gryphon silk merino roving at Sock Summit and spun them both up this week.
The first one I spun up as a two ply lace weight. I got about 880 yards out of the 100 grams of fiber. It's so soft and shiny and begging to be a shawl.
For the second hank I wanted to practice spinning bulky. I don't want to become a spinner who can't spin anything but froghair. I've taken a few Judith MacKenzie classes and she gives excellent advice for intentional spinning. I switched to my standard flyer and set the brake to pull fairly firmly.
The high silk content of this roving made drafting out fat slightly challenging, the silk was a little compressed and not perfectly blended. This made for a delightful bit of texture and random fluffs of silk in the finished yarn.
I think the key to making fat yarn after you're proficient with fine spinning is picking a roving that has a bit of texture and really shines when left thick enough to show that off.
Here's the finished chunky yarn. 130 yards of 3ply