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7. September 2010 10:36
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Cashmere Angora 2-ply Heaven

7. September 2010 10:36 by Jobo | 0 Comments

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I love my Russian Spindle... and also the yarns I've been able to spin with it!  This lovely little pile of fluff was my first real amount of yarn made and plied on the Russian - One ply of Angora with one ply of Cashmere!

upclose angora cashmere3 The skein is so light it practically floats off whatever surface is is sitting on! I have two, but I already wound one into a ball so I can start knitting with it asap! (this one is 27 grams... approximately 200 yards)

From 30g of Angora and about 50g of Cashmere I've been able to make around 350 - 375 yards of fine 2-ply.  Some of the sections are a bit thinner than others, but overall they average out to be around a lace weight.

The angora has a light soft halo, and when plied with the creamy cashmere the final yarn color is somewhere around a smoky dusky beige.

I'm really happy with the way this has turned out!  This was my first real attempt at using angora fiber on it's own.  I had done some blended projects with a little angora blended in with other wools, but I hadn't used the fiber pure on it's own.  I really enjoyed the spinning of this little yarn - both the angora and the cashmere parts - and I can't wait to start knitting something out of it!  350 yards should be enough to make a narrow lacy scarf or something!

21. June 2010 09:07
by Jobo
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I have been knitting too... I swear!

21. June 2010 09:07 by Jobo | 5 Comments

My knitting time has been a little compromised with the packing and new furry baby bunny distractions... but I swear I HAVE been knitting some too!

Bitterroot

imageI started a "Bitterroot" shawl by Rosemary Hill, a free Knitty pattern available online... using some spindle spun yarn I made right after I got my Golding Spindle last year. The wool was a Merino Sliver handpainted by Fleece Artist... and delightfully soft!  you can read more about the yarn itself in another post here.  This yarn is somewhere around fingering weight, though maybe about the thickness of a thinner sock yarn.  The way the 2 plies gradually change from one color to the next, there is a slight heathering and gentle mixing of one color to the next.  I am excited to see how the transitions go :)

I decided that I would try doing the pattern as written even though I only have around 300 yards of yarn.  I can always take a repeat out somewhere when the time comes.  I hope that I don't come to regret the "Fudge-it" strategy on this one.

And of course the prerequisite baby pic... since I know you all wonder how the baby is!  Fuzzy warm and Growing!

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22. February 2010 14:01
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Rainbow

22. February 2010 14:01 by Jobo | 3 Comments

I finally finished spinning up my braid of Rainbow BFL from Sheepish Creations...  and what a delightful spin it was!  The fiber itself was very well prepared and light and lofty.  I really didn't need to predraft anything, the nice long staple length and fine quality fiber just sailed through my fingers and onto the bobbin.  I can't wait to dig into the 8 ounces of Corriedale I purchased from them...  I have a feeling it might be even more fun... with all of the plummy purples and rich gold and blues.  It's a good thing I am on vacation for a couple weeks! 

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I ended up with around 470 yards of light fingering weight 2-ply yarn.  I tried to keep the colors together as much as possible, so the result is a long barber pole with a few meters of blended colors as the shifts happened.  At the time I was spinning it, I thought my finished yarn would be much thinner, and perhaps I would have gotten more yardage, but after a quick soak it seemed like the yarn really bloomed more than I would have expected.  It's all good though... My plan is to knit a scarf out of this to show off the long color changes.  Maybe something around 8-10 inches wide and open and lacy.  Originally I had thought of something like a "feather and fan" or "Old Shale" type pattern, but I have to do some more looking to see what else is out there.

over the rainbow

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