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2. December 2014 10:57
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Lazy Tuesday Spinning...

2. December 2014 10:57 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I find Monday mornings are always busy for catching up from the weekend...  Kat and I went out to buy groceries, while Daddy and Bear were away doing their big kid things.  It seems by the time we tidy a few things up and get a bit organized, the day is over already.

Tuesday, however is usually a bit lazier :)

Currently, the little one is taking her morning nap while I drink my iced coffee and inhale a croissant with Jam.

Keeping me company today is this:

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I bought a bag at last year's handspinners retreat... simply because of the colors!  It's a blend of locally produced wools (cheviot, border Leicester, with a bit of Merino and Nylon added in for good measure) that are carded into a nice lofty true roving.  I usually go for top, so this is not my normal preparation. 

20141202_103915 About a year ago I had just grabbed the bag and a spindle and went off to the races with no real plan in mind - just to spin it by "feel" and see where the adventure might take me.  I ended up spinning supported on a lovely little Texas Jeans Russian Support Spindle... in kind of a modified long draw.  The roving just glides into a medium fine single with so very little effort that the spindle just seems to fill itself! 

As you can see... there are various stages on the go here - raw roving, a spindle cop basically ready to wind off, and a plying ball resting in my white porcelain bowl.  The singles are nice and heathery... in shades from navy to plum, ocean blue to teal.

12. November 2014 09:53
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Whatcha Working On Wednesday! Sampling with Samples

12. November 2014 09:53 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Trying to start something new...  I thought on Wednesdays I would just simply show you what I'm working on :)

On Monday, two of my lovely friends (Jo and C) came for a visit.  We had lunch, knitted, spun, and chatted for the day.  It was just what the doctor ordered, and VERY much appreciated too!

While they were here... C was carding some wool on handcards and inspired me to go grab mine, and some sample wool and play with it.  So I carded an unknown wool sample with some of Ruttiger's Soft Combings to make some soft fluffy Rolags.  I spun them up fine on my Phil Powell Jewel Russian.  I can always count on the girls for inspiration and enabling!

I chain-plied the sample and got around 40 yards or so of light fingering / heavy lace yarn.  The colors are really pretty... stretches of teal, blue, purple and sage.  I hoped to be able to show the finished yarn today, but alas, the dyer was enthusiastic about dyeing and not rinsing.  I rinsed three times last night, and the water was BLUE BLUE BLUE.  I soaked overnight and it's still blue.  This morning I've changed the water twice - still blue.  I'm glad I don't have a whole braid, I'd have been annoyed (and blue)

When the soaking stops, and the color stops bleeding.... I have a simple little idea for this teensy skein!  I'll keep you posted!

4. November 2014 10:32
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Freeform Lace... with Handspun of Course!

4. November 2014 10:32 by Jobo | 0 Comments

 

I recently acquired a few new spindles... some Phil Powell Russians!  They are a delightful spin - very well crafted, and a very nice long twirl.  He makes a bunch of different types of spindles... which you see a selection of here:  Metal tipped, Swarovsky Crystal tipped, and Gemstone tipped (shown here in Rose Quartz).  His Etsy shop is often sold out, but he's willing to take custom orders, so if you like this sort of thing, please do email him!  That's how I ended up with the two gem Russians :)  Ask and Ye shall be Enabled!

So I suppose you're wondering what they're sitting on?  Well you can't have new spindles and not test them out... no Sir.  That's just wrong.

The Fiber

I was gifted a small batt in a swap some time ago that I thought would be an excellent test floof.  I can't find any "before" photos of it though.  Woops!  (sleep deprivation MUCH?) But I do know it's details!  It's a 20 gram sample Batt "Wine and Roses" from a Nunoco Smorgasbox (photo stolen from Etsy!).  While not very large... it was just right for goofing around with.  I loved using these spindles, and I can't wait to do some more with them!  The batt was basically a gradient from light pink through to burgundy.

 

The Yarn

- I decided to spin the batt fine, moving from one color to the next in a long gradual gradient, and then chain ply it to finish up. 

- I ended up with something between lace weight and fingering... mostly closer to laceweight. 

- Final guesses on Yardage:  125 yards

Design

- so what does one actually DO with 125 yards of very light fingering weight yarn?

- I decided to just cast on and play with some lace, with no real pattern or plan. 

- I knit a strip of Shetland inspired border, then flipped it 90 degrees and picked up stitches along the side.  I worked in a waffle type eyelet stitch for a while, and flipped it again.  I worked some freeform picots around the edge, and ended up with a long lace rectangle. 

- My plan is to stitch the ends together and make a loop neck warmer. 

- It might be ugly... I'm not sure what it will look like exactly until I do it and try it on. It's made of buttery soft merino wool, and it's handspun lace.  So I'll probably wear it regardless of whether it's ugly or not!

Shetland inspired points...

Closeup of waffle, insertion, and picots...

Long view... showing Gradient.

Finished Neckwarmer... to be continued!  (If and when my children ever sleep... which may be NEVER! lol)

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