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23. October 2009 08:00
by Jobo
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Can you see those Fiddleheads off in the distance?

23. October 2009 08:00 by Jobo | 0 Comments

If you squint and really use your imagination you might be able to see them off in the distance… or at least now you can see what they will be made of when the time comes:

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I have finished with the carding of all 5 contrasting colors and have also finished spinning all but the lime green!  I’m not sure how that happened exactly… since we have been extra busy around home the last few weeks what with our trip to Newfoundland for the family wedding.  I guess it really is true that sitting and spinning for a few minutes each day makes a difference in your progress.  I have 120 yards of angora lining finished too… but I need 140 yards, so I will likely do another skein just to be sure I have enough.  The lime green rolags are waiting for me at home on the coffee table.  The other big job will be the carding and spinning of the plain natural merino for the main color of the mittens.

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I am actually pretty surprised at how consistently I have been spinning.  I know there are some thicker and thinner areas, but overall I think I have stayed between 11 - 13 WPI for most areas of the skein.  It will be interesting to start swatching and see how my yarn looks – and see if it will work for its intended purpose. 

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Boy, that yellow stands out!  I am quite shocked at how bright that golden yellow turned out… compared to the muted tones of the blues purples and green.  I think this has something to do with the intensity of the Landscape Dyes I have been using.  I started with that brand of dye simply because the prices were reasonable, no mordants were required, and there was a source close to home that sold them.  I have been satisfied with the results with the landscape dyes, but was a little disappointed with the intensity of the blues this time.  I had thought that the wools would have been more deeply dyed by looking at the dye baths.  I think my next dye investment will be for a different brand – maybe Ashford Dyes?  I still need to research some more before I decide.

7. October 2009 08:26
by Jobo
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I'll Give You Three Guesses...

7. October 2009 08:26 by Jobo | 0 Comments

... as to what I did last night...

Yes, that is a large shoebox overflowing with hand carded Rolags.  I was a little tired when I finally got home at 7:30pm so I decided to just sit and veg out... while carding and carding.  I finished prepping all of the Blue, Teal and Purple last night, the Yellow the night before, and the Lime Green is all that is left.

We have a nice big coffee table that makes an excellent work surface to hold all of my junk, having a warm propane fireplace nearby was a nice touch... and the Carding was an excellent way to unwind from the day.  In the second picture you can kind of see the slight variation in color of the rolags - the heathery blend worked out as planned!  I found that if I divided up the roving into darker and lighter portions that I could use a little of both in each of the rolags, and got a nice depth of colour.  Sorry I couldn't get any quality close ups.  It was after dark, and even with my Ott light, I couldn't get any true colour captures (I did try)

10. July 2009 23:41
by Jobo
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Week 1: Tour de Fleece - Accomplis!

10. July 2009 23:41 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Imagine... a whole week with spinning everyday...

Some weeks you have to wonder when you find time to work on anything besides laundry :P

I made a special effort to do my spinning every day this week despite feeling tired out with a cold, and itchy with that darn mystery rash... Tonight I finished my Angel Batt Yarn!

I decided to go with the straight bamboo single for the second ply.  I had been kind of thinking that maybe I would try something new with the plying, but really my blended single was not very thick, so I couldn't do anything too crazy with it...   Bamboo has a lot of shine, and I didn't want that to overshadow the softness and pillowyness of the other single.  I chose to make the bamboo single a little thinner, so hopefully this woudn't happen.  I was right... even though the bamboo single is a little narrower - it just gleams next to the puffy cloudyness of the blended single, and looks pretty much the same size.



I ended up with about 65 yards of slightly thicker than fingering weight yarn... maybe sport weight ish. I also chain plied the remaining bamboo single... approximately 35 feet of that!  In comparison, the 100% bamboo single is shiny and really reflects the light.  I think maybe this would make a nice border for a project (i.e. maybe Sarjjte's booties use the bamboo 3-ply for the upper portion of the bootie?)  and I do have another 3/4 lb of bamboo upstairs if I feel the need to go spin up some more

very pleased with results :)

this stuff is SOFT beyond... and the bamboo makes it feel smooth too.  As I have been handling it a little there is a soft angora halo that is starting to show.  I think after a wash and a good thwacking that halo will grow a little more too.



Now I just need to come up with a project for it... I am half considering going back upstairs to the studio and making another batt just so I can double my stash of this yarn and double the possibilities of what to make with it ;)

One of Marky's coworkers just had a baby girl (their first) so I would like to make her something... maybe with this yarn?  I gues I will have to see what it looks like after it's bath.  I think I have enough to make booties.... But my brain is fried from a really long day at work.  Maybe I had better recount the yardage in the morning after a good night's sleep before I get my heart set on anything

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