I was very excited about spinning Malabrigo's Nube when I had the chance. The name itself, meaning cloud, promises luscious softness, and the available colourways are stunning. I chose the colourway Whale's Road that is a combination of blues and purple. Nube consists of 100% merino, which is generally a wonderfully soft wool. I have a special love for this wool because that is what I first learned to spin with even though, as I found out much later, it isn't meant to be the easiest to start out with.
As I unwound the braid, the colours popped even more than before. They are the best part of Nube, in my opinion: the colours are beautiful. I spent a lot of time admiring it before setting up my spinning wheel and prepping the fibre. I split it lengthwise which revealed lighter fibre on the inside where the dye hadn't penetrated. I am not entirely keen on that, to be honest, as I was expecting thoroughly dyed fibre throughout. On seeing the pale interior, I knew the spun fibre would end up lighter than I had expected.
I decided to spin from the fold and navajo-ply the singles in order to have DK yarn from which to make a hat for autumn and winter. This is one of my rare attempts at making a yarn thicker than lace or 4-ply. That's very hard to do if you are used to spinning ever finer yarns! The plying makes the yarn three times as thick as my singles and I am happy with how it has turned out.