Ages ago I posted about spinning with banana fibre, it was my something different for blog week and I did a post about what I though of it, how it spun etc, you can see that post here.
With the tour de Fleece fast approaching I realised I needed to empty a spindle/ Since the one holding my orange project has many hours of work left I thought the banana was the better option.
It was a fairly thin single, I wound it into a ball for plying as I find it does not roll very easily off the spindle.
The single was Navajo plied using my wheel to give a three ply.
It is smooth, but if I am being honest a little stringy. This is partly due to my overspinning, but also partly due to the fibres. Even the less spun, slightly fluffier patches have a slight stringy feel. There is a lovely sheen though and it does have some degree of squishiness.
I think this fibre is really meant to be spun as part of a blend. It would make a good silk alternative for those who object to silk.
There's about 25g of it, which does not look like a lot for the time it took, I guess that is the problem with fine spinning.
The spindle is now empty and waiting the TdF. Fortunately I have the orange fluff to work on when the spinning mood takes me so the wheel and one spindle should stay clear.