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28. February 2011 12:27
by Jobo

Yarn Candy Monday: Plum Special... Bobbins and Skeins

28. February 2011 12:27 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Plum Special BobbinI've been doing a little more spinning lately... which I find to be a little easier on the head than more complex knitting tasks.

Yes, there are precision movements, and paying attention to many factors (twist, single size, drafting, color placement, etc) but there is no counting.  I don't need to worry about how many stitches, or things lining up, or manipulating needles or yarn.  With spinning I find the process is just intuitive and mostly done by "feel" instead of by conscious thought.  It's refreshing for a change.

This particular yarn is a custom spin job for MC, a kind lady who contacted me about spinning up some fingering weight yarn for her to knit a shawl.  We talked color, then I dyed the fluff, and we've been collaborating on what the finished yarn should be like.

Plum Special skein 1 Plum Special Skein 1 natural light Plum Special Skein 1 a

Plum Special round

Now off to complete the rest of the yardage... I have about 280 yards in this skein, but I need to have 800 or so!

21. February 2011 05:55
by Jobo

Yarn Candy Monday: Plum Special Handpainted Merino Top

21. February 2011 05:55 by Jobo | 1 Comments

I've been back playing in the dye-pot... I enjoy the process, but I find lately it has been difficult to get back into the swing of things!

This Braid is for a custom dye/spin project I've taken on - eventually to become a 2-ply laceweight yarn for a shawl.

The fiber is 100% Superfine Merino Top.  It's soft, bouncy, reliable, and my middle ground for most projects.  I dyed 8 oz with some Jacquard Dyes in tones of Eggplant, Plum, Rose, Burgandy, and even a few Beiges.

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6. December 2010 12:37
by Jobo

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 ;)

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