Anyway, I spun up some really great wool that was dyed a burgundy with sections of green and plied it with wool that was long sections of straight green and red--a marl with a self-striping, basically. The end result was great, though I had some overspun sections of the singles.
It'll make a nice gift for my sister-in-law, who was the one that originally dyed the wool. Note to her by the way, she forgot to set the dye and it got all over my khakis. I rinsed the finished wool a couple of times and threw a little vinegar in the final rinse.
This weekend will be spent working on the vest--hopefully with the help of my old tailoring teacher. The current copy of Threads magazine has an article about making jackets out of boucle fabric, which is pretty close to what I'm doing. The writer promises some faster techniques, particularly for bagging it out.
My client picked out a big, big mother of pearl button for it, so I'm going to try to match up a silvery dupioni silk for the lining and the edge binding. I'm very tempted to try my hand at some marbling techniquest on the silk that would just show up on the inside as a little "surprise" touch. In particular I'm interested in using the "shaving cream" technique. We'll see!