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Handspun Happenings

So, I’ve been spinning quite a bit lately, and I thought I would share with you some of what I have in my stash.

Handspun Yarns

From bottom of picture to top: Spinning Sister’s Superfine Hand Dyed Merino Wool 2-plied, Targhee Wool Single Ply, Miss Bab’s Sock Yarn 2-plied, Unknown Artist Wool 2-plied, The Soap Lady’s Autumn Merino/Alpaca 2-plied, Spinner’s Choice Corriedale Wool 2-plied, Abstract Fibers Corriedale 2-plied, Alpaca Wool Blend Single Ply, Unknown Artist Coopworth 2-plied, and finally Natural Merino all 2-plied.

Natural Handspun

This is a closeup of the Natural Handspun Merino Wool. The three on the left were from the same bunch, the one in the middle is Superwash that I picked up from the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival (OFFF) the year before last, and the three on the right came from Woodland Woolworks in Carlton, OR.

Ashford Joy with BFL

Isn’t my baby precious!? My Ashford Joy Double Treadle with Blue Faced Leicester (BFL) from Frabjous Fibers also picked up from Woodland Woolworks.

Singles on Bobbin

My singles on the bobbin. I navajo plied this (3-ply) so that the colorways would stay together and my finished knitted project would be verriegated. I’m making a scarf with a waffle texture and it’s turning out LOVELY! Can’t wait to get some pics up!

That’s it for now, tune in again for more great fibers!

Knitting

Spinning in the park

So on Saturday, it was such a gorgeous day out, Matt and I decided to go to the park.  I took my Ashford with me.  And some roving.  It was a great day!  It was a little chilly, but the sun kept us warm enough to bear the chill for an hour or so.  Here’s a few pictures.

spinning in park

me spinning

And from the spinner’s point of view. . .

spinners pov

I also finished my fair isle hat!  It’s a just a tiny bit too small, but it fits without falling off.  It was made with Ultra Alpaca which is lovely to the touch, however it is very very fine and maybe a little too slippery.

fair isle closeup

All in all it turned out well.  And I have to brag about the new yarn that I got today.  It’s from Dream in Color.  One skein of Smooshy sock yarn, and one skein of Baby lace weight.  Mmm, can’t wait to dig into this!

Baby

That was Baby and this next one is Smooshy.

Smooshy

The colors may be a bit off because the lighting at the table wasn’t all that great.  But they are beautiful still.  That’s all for now.  More to come!

Knitting

And now for the homespun!

I have been frequenting the ‘ol spinning wheel quite a bit the last few days.  Ever since our first spinning group met on Saturday the 23rd, I can’t seem to get spinning off the brain.  I have two and a half skeins ready to be dyed, one and a half bobbins full of beautiful pre-dyed roving, and two skeins waiting to be liberated from their coils and knit into something fab.  I have knit up one of my very first navajo plyed skeins up though.  Their new body is a pair of fingerless mits.  So pretty.  So far, all I have spun with is Merino and Corriedale.  The Merino is in the fingerless mits, as well as the two dyed skeins, and the corriedale are the two blank skeins and the pre dyed roving.  Well, enough of the talk, time for pictures.

These are my fingerless gloves.  They will be first since they are made from the oldest of the skeins.

Fingerless Mits

And next comes the sister skein of the mits.  I spun and dyed this lot at the same time, but the colors are more vibrant because they got more time in the cooker.

Blue Green Skein

And now for the Kool Aid dyed skein.  It’s done in Cherry, only one pack, however if I had it to do over, I would definately use two for a brighter color.

Cherry Skein

Onto the undyed Skeins.  Lovely pure yarn.  I’m still trying to get the hang of spinning smaller, but these are definately getting close.

Blank Skeins 1

And a close up of the blanks.

Blank Skeins 2

And last but not least, my baby.  The Ashford Joy, double treadle, with some lovely dyed roving on it.

Ashford Joy

And a close up of my even smaller spun yarn.

Predyed Bobbin

The end.  😀  Enjoy!