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22. August 2011 04:14
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Yarn Candy Monday... Getting back on the horse...

22. August 2011 04:14 by Jobo | 0 Comments

It's been a while sportsfans yarn-fans!  The summer has been trucking along, and my blogging hasn't really been able to keep up lately... see friday's post about my Summer War Stories...

I have brought a few new spindles into the fold though:  the first of which is a Bird's Eye Maple Bosworth Mini!

Birdseye Bossie

I've debated over buying a "Bossie" for a while now.  They have a fantastic reputation for being above average spindles, spin like little whirling dervishes, and being durable and reliable to boot.  I had looked into the basics about a year ago, and then kindof forgot.

I really, really love this spindle!  The weight is perfect for the kinds of extra light lace weight yarn I am drawn to these days.  At 18 g this is plenty light, but also the construction feels nice and substantial even though the spindle is small and delicate.  The hook feels like it will stand the test of time, unlike some other cheaper spindles I've bought where the wire has a mind of it's own.  The notch placement and whorl itself are lovely and smooth.

The spin itself is what really gets me charged up though.  This spindle is perfectly in balance!  One little flick of the shaft and this little baby is sent into a wonderful, fast, balanced spin.  The shaft is un-varnished for extra finger grip too, which I'm sure, adds to that fast even spin. 

First I blew through the little sample that came attached (Eek!  I finished spinning that Sheila Bosworth started!  *swoon*) and then started into some of the Angora I had processed at the Mill this summer (Belfast Mini Mills - FYI!).  The fiber is a 75/25 Merino/Ruttiger Blend, and is nice and light and airy.  My goal was to turn 4 ounces or so of it into something cobwebby, even lighter than my usual laceweight, and see what kind of yardage I can muster.  Ideally, I'd like to make a square Haapsalu style shawl out of it, maybe something like the Crown Prince Shawl, but perhaps of my own design-finagling with the help of the Haapsalu Shawl book.  The roving is a silvery cream color, hopefully showing off a silvery grey halo as it is knit up.  As I get more of it completed I'll have to post about it too.  So far I've spun the first 0.5 ounce portion and started into the second.  My idea was to spin 8 cops of 0.5 ounces each, then put 2 strands together for the thread, and hopefully end up with 4 skeins for the whole project.  (Then I might only have to sew in 8 ends!  I find it challenging to weave in ends with ultra fine laceweight.  I always worry the ends will work themselves out!)

Anyways - Here's Birdie!  My first, and definitely not last Bosworth Spindle!

3. May 2011 08:35
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Wings n' Things Fiber Club and Spin Along

3. May 2011 08:35 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Wings n' Things fiber club

Some time ago... I was tempted by a neat new fiber club from AllForLoveOfYarn - basically a club with a 4 ounce braid of some fibey-yummies and some other toys and gifts to match!  I've always been pleased with purchases from this company, and this club kit was no exception!  They are also hosting a spin-along with the fiber, where you are entered to win prizes and such.  I am enjoying seeing what other people make with the same braid of fiber!  It's amazing how creative and unique we can all be when it comes to this sort of thing.

I'll admit, it isn't that difficult to twist my arm sometimes when it comes to that stuff... lol

Well here is my package of goodies!  in color way - Purple Moth

 

 

Purple Butterfly BFL Silk Kit 

The fiber is a 4 ounce braid of 25% Silk / 75 % BFL, with a wonderful sheen and rainbow of jewel toned colors.  The fiber moves from rich pinks and garnets, through amethyst, and even has a hint of citrine or golden shimmer here and there.  I can't wait to dig into this one.  I think it's screaming to become singles.... shiny, girly, shimmery singles.  *swoon!*

Purple Butterfly BFL Silk Kit contents

And here are the goodies!  Butterfly Stitch markers... with pretty matched lavender beads, some yarn tags, perfect for recording details about that precious handspun skein, and finally some natural, organic, beeswax lip balm.  Perfect for a little lip pick-me-up.

Purple Butterfly BFL Silk Braid

One more photo of the Braid... because it's pretty, and because I can !!  *wink wink*

7. February 2011 12:05
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Yarn Candy Monday: not yarny so much...

7. February 2011 12:05 by Jobo | 0 Comments

haapsalu_shawlIn the last little bit... there hasn't been a lot of new yarn coming into the house... a few things here and there, but no real beauty skeins just waiting to be showcased.  So today, instead, I thought I would show you a new book that arrived in the mail last week! The Haapsalu Shawl:  A knitted Lace Tradition from Estonia

Quite honestly, this book is crazy!  Crazy good of course, but still quite intimidating.  I have been in love with Estonian lace from the moment I first saw it... and when I hear this book had been translated into English, I really couldn't help myself.

This isn't so much a pattern book, as an anthology of the traditional lace motifs and borders used in the very beautiful Haapsalu Shawls and Scarves of Estonia.  There are more than 100 beautiful lace designs charted out... from lilies of the valley with their lovely nupps, to Greta Garbo patterns, leaves, vines, butterflies, and so many more.  I have read each article, and flipped through the lace sections a dozen times already.  The beauty of the fine lace just takes my breath away.

Also, in the beginning of this Estonian Lace "Bible", there is a section describing the traditional shawl and scarf makeup.  It shows dimensions, proper arrangement, sample stitch counts, seaming diagrams, blocking instructions, yarn suggestions... all the things a knitter needs to make a *real* authentic Haapsalu Shawl.  Perfect for a wannabe like me... so I can someday try this.

I have chosen a few lace styles that I really love... and am making lots of mental notes about the shawl I want to make someday.  I've started looking for commercially available yarn, but will likely end up spinning my own, perhaps from Merino, or Cashmere Blend or something.  A girl can dream... can't she?

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