Last night I had a chance to play around with some of the Flamingo Wensleydale from the last shop update, so I spun up a teensy mini-skein.
I'm really pleased with how this came out - I had in mind a final yarn that was largely that absolutely electrifying pinky orange, but with occasional flashes of black for the beak and eyes. I think this worked pretty well! The black did get muted down a bit towards a slightly purpley shade in some spots, but it give a nice contrast.
I always forget that Wensleydale is a bit slippery to spin, so it takes me a little bit to get used to it when I start off. And since I've just finished a massive spin (24 oz worth) of short-stapled, crimpy fiber (Portuguese Merino and Targhee), it took a bit longer then usual. I just remind myself to go slow, put in less twist and draft smoothly to let that spectacular Wensleydale luster show through.
I did this as a 2-ply, and found that it softened up considerably after a bath. The next question is how will it look knit up? I'll add it to the pile of to-be-swatched samples I've got in my office!