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15. November 2010 10:41
by Jobo

Yarn Candy Monday: Bamboo, Merino, and BUNNY... mmmmmmm.

15. November 2010 10:41 by Jobo | 0 Comments

bowl of batts

I decided over the weekend that I should try and process some of Ruttiger's fluff... just to see what it would be like.  I have 2 good sized shoeboxes full of "combed" fur, aka the stuff that tangles around the wire comb when I am grooming him, and even though the little poofs are tangled, I wondered what a little pass on the handcards would do to them.

Well here is the result!  I did not measure or weigh anything.  I simply layered the 3 fibers and carded gently. 

I started with just a barely visible wisp of natural ecru Merino top, then teased open a layer of the soft Grey angora and carded.  Next I put a barely visible layer of gunmetal gray carbonized bamboo, then again a layer of the angora.  I repeated the process for a total of 4 layers (Merino+Angora, Bamboo+Angora, Merino+Angora, Bamboo+Angora)  and then removed the batts from the carders and "pulled" them like you would prep a batt for spinning (Not as rolags)  This gave me a semi worsted strip of fiber, which were promptly rolled into light airy nests!  The lumps and bumps in the angora teased out and carded up beautifully!  A perfect homage to the fluffy fella the fiber came from :)

bunny and christys mitt

  This photo shows a batt or two with the latest handspun mittens... using the yarn featured a few weeks ago on Yarn Candy Monday.  I think I might use the batts to make the lining, though that means I have a bunch of carding to go.  The bowl shown above has 10 batts/nests in it... which weighed just under 0.5 ounces!  (seriously it's like carrying an empty bowl, if you were to sneeze, it would blow away!)

Happy Monday :)

21. September 2010 10:26
by Jobo

Angora and Cashmere - LACE!

21. September 2010 10:26 by Jobo | 4 Comments

After all of the fun of spinning each single, and lovingly plying them together, then petting the skein for a few weeks... I've chosen a pattern and started knitting up the lace :)

angora cashmere peacock tail lace 2

angora cashmere peacock tail lace 1Every time I look through the book Knitted Lace of Estonia, I daydream about each of the patterns... and drool over the intricate and lovely lace patterns.  I've knit a few projects already, but someday I imagine I will make every one of them.  For this decadent lace yarn, I decided to do the Peacock Tail and Leaf Scarf - both because of the lovely leaves and open style, but also because I could modify the pattern to be narrower, and use less yarn for a finished scarf.  I also opted to forego the nupps, both to preserve yarn, and because I figured the fuzziness would obscure them anyways.

I've worked the first "end" and made it up into the main body of the lace... probably 1/4 of the way. I am quite happy with the light soft halo that is fluffing up as the yarn is manipulated.  There were a few "thin" spots which scare me a bit.  I took another single and reinforced a couple areas by darning along side the thin strand.  I don't think it shows up too badly, and hopefully I kept things loose enough that the areas will block properly also.

The texture of the completed lace is quite difficult to describe... the yarn itself is very light.  You can hardly feel the strand flow through your fingers.  In comparison to the weight of the needles, the already completed section of lace weighs next to nothing!  It almost feels as though I'm knitting with air.  I know that Angora is very warm, so the finished scarf will have a lot of heat-holding ability, but it will be very very light.  I hope it will be as comfortable as it will be beautiful.

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