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30. December 2014 19:10
by Jobo
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Testing out some Shetland Style Lace

30. December 2014 19:10 by Jobo | 1 Comments

I’?ve been admiring Shetland lace motifs for years now.  The idea of knitting pattern rows EVERY row, and working with Frog?s Hair fine thread is daunting to me especially with the profound level of Mommy-Brain that I currently have going on.  The lack of sleep leaves me forgetful and unfocussed. 

So *why* does my exhausted brain tell me to want to knit the most complicated lace around?  I know, I know makes Zero sense to me too!

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The Fiber: 

- A Nunoco Batt I?m assuming a Smorgasbox morsel I received this 2 oz batt in a swap, so I don?t really know what was in it or what it?s name was.  I?m guessing it has Merino and Silk among other things. 

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The Spin:

- Spun on some Phil Powell Russian Style Supported spindles a nice smooth fast spin

- the thread is a very fine lace, basically heavy-cobweb (there?s an oxymoron for you?) and a two ply to boot Smile

- my two ounce batt translated into around 650 yards of 2-ply thread

- the thread has nice smooth bits, some nice shiny bits, and even some nubbly textured bits.  It?s a Heinz 57 kind of a look.  Mostly green, but with some teal, brown, cream, black, and even some glitz and sparkle.

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The Design:

- Shetland motifs scare me.  The thought of trying to work pattern rows EVERY row, with no purl-back break, is a little intimidating

- eventually I would like to knit a complete wedding ring Shetland shawl the size of a king sized bed.

- before I start something of that magnitude, I thought maybe I should try a more basic project.  So I looked around, but couldn’?t find a simple sampler that I wanted to jump into.

- So I looked in all of my Shetland pattern books and Stitch Dictionaries and found some elements that interest me and decided to just wing it!

- I plan on writing some more on my process for combining the motifs and some reviews of the books I am using stay tuned.

A Teaser:

- here is how it?s looking so far!

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23. March 2012 12:38
by Jobo
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a box of pretty ? Cupcake Fiber Company Batts

23. March 2012 12:38 by Jobo | 0 Comments

As a post holiday treat (using some of the money I earned on holiday custom knits) I ordered myself some batts from a company I?ve been dying to try ? The Cupcake Fiber Company.  Their products are tailored to lace spinners? with smooth blended colors, fibers like silks bamboo and merino, 6 ounce put ups, and measured weight batts? basically I just have to grab a batt and start spinning :)  And don?t you just love the packaging?  So simple and elegant? and neat for storage too!

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?Water? Colorway? Merino Silk

Maybe after I finish a few things, I can take this and start out on a new spinning project.  I?d like to aim for a soft and airy medium weight lace yarn? and maybe pair it up with some beads of some sort.  with the 6 ounces I should be able to get excellent yardage and hopefully make something larger.

20. February 2012 09:21
by Jobo
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A Care Package? with some spinner?s inspiration ? Satin Angora

20. February 2012 09:21 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Since I?ve been feeling a bit blue the last little while since the baby came? a friend sent me a care package in the mail with some nice tea and a handful of soft fluffy spinning inspiration ? some of her own home grown Satin Angora Fiber from her bum ?Lady in Red?! (if you want to check out Stella?s Farm Page, click the linky!  She has lots of different breeds of rabbits, sheep and alpacas.  I?m so jealous!  It?s called Twist of Fate Family Farm)

It?s been difficult to find much time for anything other than baby lately, so having a bit of satiny shiny light fiber just sitting there has been quite inspiring!  Just what I needed to kick me in the pants and pick up a spindle and see what I can do with it.

First off ? the staple length is great on this one.  It?s nice and long, so it spins up nice and strong, but not so lengthy that it?s hard to draft.  In a way, this spin reminds me a bit of working with silk, especially when I get a poof with a few extra guard hairs in it and feel the strong soft shiny fiber slide through my hands.  Angora in general is a bit slippery, but that?s nothing new to me :)  The color is a creamy, almost peach color, with auburn or rusty tips.  I love the way the two tones are blending together to give a shiny gold effect.

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My plan was to just spin it fine and see how things went from there? and then I got the idea that maybe it would be suited to pair with some natural honey colored tussah silk, since the color is working out to be a nice gold/creamy/shiny effect.  I?ve been working on a zebisis designs stone whorl spindle, with a weight I can?t remember off the top of my head.  I don?t work with heavy spindles, so I can assume it?s much less than 30g? more likely 15 ? 17g.  After the fiber comes off, I?ll weigh it and remind myself. 

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I hope to be able to get enough yardage to make something small and lacy.  If I can manage 400 yards or more, I might even get a shawl out of it since I?m stretching the angora out by plying it with silk.  I can?t wait for the silk to arrive in the mail? though I?m not sure what I?m so impatient for:  it will likely take me all month to spin the angora?!

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