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6. December 2010 12:37
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Do not attempt to spin this in the wind...

6. December 2010 12:37 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Ruttiger Fluff PrimeRuttiger is in the midst of another coat-molting event.... and I've been collecting his light, soft, airy fluff very carefully in a box.  I decided I would take it out and weigh it over the weekend - just to see what was there.  Seriously, any excuse at all to touch this lovely fluff!

According to the el-cheapo scale it looks like we have around an ounce and a half... but I haven't plucked his legs, chest or belly much yet.  I'm not sure if that's why the yield is light, or if it's because he is so little yet.  Also, this time, it feels like his second coat grew in a lot more than last time before the primary coat let go.  You can see he is not nearly as bald as he was during last coat blowing season.

The fluff itself is so light... even carrying the container, little wisps fly out and gently float to the floor.  It takes forever for a dropped poof to float down, almost mesmorizing in fact. 

You could never spin this fiber while outside... it would just float away on the breeze!

Ruttiger can't seem to figure out why this bowl smells so familiar... it has a certain scent?!  it smells good, well alright anyways... I'm not sure where I've smelled it before!?  Hmmmmm.

Nobunny said he was the smartest rabbit in the hutch ;)

26. November 2010 11:07
by Jobo
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Moody Blue Mittens.... completed minus lining...

26. November 2010 11:07 by Jobo | 3 Comments

I've been chugging along on my Christmas knitting... trying to make a little progress each day.  Last night, I completed the outer shell of my Moody Blue Mittens... and got the Angora/Merino Blend carded up to start on the linings asap.

christy mittens 

Here they are... complete with the shiny Mother-of-Pearl Buttons and tiny cable cuffs.  I really like the way this yarn has knit up... the 3-ply really did break up the colors from the roving, and gave a nice overall grey/blue coloring. 

I decided against doing a full button plackett, and instead settled on a small button "tab" as it were. The square buttons I had originally considered for this project turned out to be too angular for the mittens.  In the end, I think the round shape compliments the girly cable ribbing better, especially since the mittens are not such a feminine color - they needed some softness to balance out the design.

angora lining

I've carded up the lining blend... 10 - 15% Angora... and started spinning a bit of it too.  The drum carder really comes in handy with carding large batches of fiber.  I was able to blend all 3 ounces I needed in about 30 minutes, which is great!  I wanted the lining to have a bit of soft fuzzy halo, but not so much that it would shed, or be excessively warm.  These mittens already have a nice lofty 100% merino outer shell, if I had made the linings with 100% Merino, they likely would have been too warm to wear (unless you live in Nunavut!)

As for the outer shells themselves... I just have to tie in the dreaded ends, and they are complete :)

christy mittens 2

15. November 2010 10:41
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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 :)

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