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16. November 2010 05:03
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Moody Blues: Hand dyed Roving becomes Yarn!

16. November 2010 05:03 by Jobo | 0 Comments

christys yarn

christys yarn 3Why is it that Blue is such a difficult color to photograph?   I love the way this yarn has turned out... a rich, broody, muddy blue mix.  The teal strands show up beautifully against the greys and blacks and navys in the mix.  This yarn is definetly a worsted-chunky weight, and at 3-ply, the color is broken up enough to give the whole thing an overall blue appearance.  My goal was to make something that would match well with blue jeans - and I think I've achieved it :)

Of course, because this skein was spun while chatting with the ladies in our spinning circle at the Maritime Handspinners' Retreat there are a few thick or thin spots, but I don't think this will be a problem for the finished garment.  I always strive to have even yarns, but in the end, the knitting process seems to gloss over any subtle differences. 

The next step... will be to set to work designing the mittens!  (I've already done a bit of swatching, as you might have noticed a mittenish shaped swatch with the Angora Merino Bamboo batts on yesterday's Yarn Candy Monday Post)

 

christys yarn2I also have plans to pair this yarn up with some classy Mother of Pearl Buttons (likely square-ish or rectangular in shape) and a moss or cable stitched button plackett across the back of the hand for good measure.  I think the green-y blue-y lavender-ry shimmer of mother of pearl will be just what this yarn needs to pick up those tones in the finished mitten.

My other plan is to knit the outer shell of the mitten to be nice and roomy, and then line them with a soft, luxurious Angora Blend of some sort for extra warmth and comfort.  The batts I carded on the weekend (you can see here) were originally intended for this purpose, but I might be getting attached to them... likely since they are the first real sample of my fur-baby's fluff.  Time will tell if I can let them go to a commissioned project.  They are for a special lady, so maybe I will be able to share ;)

I hope the eventual recipient likes them... I have a feeling I will have a difficult time letting them go once they are done...

27. September 2010 11:02
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Handspun Merino laceweight

27. September 2010 11:02 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Leftover from a dyeing experiment... I had a small amount of rich brown and charcoal merino top sitting around the studio.  In a fit of "startitis" I decided I needed to spin something new... but something that wouldn't take forever to finish.  I have enough epic projects going on these days it seems.

bog in the hand

It's hard to describe the color exactly of the finished yarn... it kind of reminds me of the brownish black color of peat moss, which is why I'm calling it my "Peat Bog" yarn. 

I spun it as fine as I could manage on my Ashford Traveler... using a new-to-me technique of wrapping the fine single around one of the hooks an extra time to slow the uptake onto the bobbin.  I was surprised that even that one wrap made a big difference in the fineness of the single I could make.  I know that some spinners have added extra hooks to the back of the flyer so they can cross lace a fine single... and I can totally see how useful this would be.  I guess I will have to keep my eyes open for some small hooks I can install.  I was hesitant to just add the regular Ashford replacement ones in case I might split the flyer wood, but maybe a teeny weeny hook or two would be ok.  I can definitely see the appeal to this kind of spinning.

bog skeined 2 

The final yardage count is around 200 yards, and the yarn falls somewhere around light fingering.  The yarn has been whispering to me that it wants to be a scarflette or small shawl, but I haven't completely made up my mind on this.  I have an idea for a bit of a franken-shawl... perhaps a few patterns morphed into one?  All I know is I want it to be lacy, and it will likely start out as a stockinette triangle something like "Ishbel" (Ysolda Teague) or "Little Shells" (Holly Griffin-Weidner)

1. February 2010 05:55
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Sheepish Creations... nothing short of Magical!

1. February 2010 05:55 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Sheepish Creations BFL

Sheepish Creations - 100% Hand painted BFL (4 oz)

While Surfing on Etsy.... (don't do this unless you have room for MORE BEAUTIFUL FIBER) I came a across a great little store:  Sheepish Creations - a great little fiber store featuring hand dyed fibers and handspun yarns from a very creative mother and daughter team of fiber artists!

I was particularly intrigued by their "Mystery Colorway" listings... basically for 4 oz hanks of various fibers (i.e. Corriedale and BFL) in unique mystery colors.  I often buy fibers that are photographed and described listings, but this was the first time I felt compelled to order "Surprise Fiber."

I have been really inspired by other spinners lately who choose braids of hand dyed fiber in colorways that I don't seem to be drawn to (browns, oranges, etc) and somehow come up with amazing beautiful hanks of yarn!  I thought, hey why not!  I'll get some lovely fiber, and someone else will choose the color for me... give me a chance to step outside the box!

Sheepish Creations Corriedale2Sheepish Creations - 100 % Hand painted Corriedale (8 oz) 

I was ecstatic when the box finally arrived!  (I *might* have freaked for a few minutes thinking that it was my "Death Socks" for Sock Wars V until I saw the postmarks and such)  The colors are VERY vibrant, and both fibers are soft and fluffy and bouncy!  I have to seriously fight the urge to bury my face in each of them every time I walk by!  The lovely Ladies of Sheepish Creations must have advanced re-fluffing diplomas because these braids are so lofty and light!  I'd love to know the technique to get such heavenly results! (hint hint!)

I'm not sure what these will become yet... but I'm sure I will have fun petting them and daydreaming of what they will be "when they grow up" into yarn later on this month.  I'll keep you posted as the spinning unfolds!  Needless to say, I will definitely be ordering more of this stuff... exceptional quality and enchanting colors!

If it wasn't for Iron Knitter and Sock Wars, I would have jumped right into the spinning.  I am showing *much* restraint!  Don't you Think?  How do you resist the urge to dive into a new project?  are you a Monogamous knitter/spinner?

For more info about Sheepish Creations... click the banner below!  Thanks for the Great Fiber Ladies!

 

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