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Ahhh spinning …. it really does the soul good!

I have decided to take a break from knitting and catch up on a few spinning projects, one in which has been on my wheel since May!  That’s just sad people.  But the good news, I finally have plied and I’m happy to report I have a lovely skein of yarn.

So, here’s a little recap of my spinning project that started seven months ago.

Fiber:  Funky Carolina Merino Top

Color:  Haunted

Weight:  4 oz

Finished Weight:  270 yards of sport weight ( 12 WPI )

Funky Carolina Merino Top

Plied and ready to be knit!

I’m now spinning my lovely fiber that my dearest friend Elseline sent me for my birthday last year – now I’m really telling on myself and how far behind I am on my spinning.  This is a challenge for me as I’m trying to spin for singles and my spinning is a bit uneven, so it may end up plied.

Fiber:  Friends in Fiber – 85% BFL (Blue Face Leicester) and 15% Tussah Silk

Color:  Beach Glass

Weight:  4 oz

Getting it prepped

Currently on the wheel

I am much like my fellow spinners and enjoy spinning along with a good audio book and a nice cup of hot tea.   Sue (Kittens and Mittens) and I were talking a little about this very thing this morning and it’s amazing how much we are all alike.

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On and Off the Wheel: Tumble

This past week I started spinning my lovely Tumble, a yummy blend of 25% Tussah Silk and 75% BFL fiber (4.3 oz),   that I received back in February as part of the fiber club I joined this year with Maya of  Springtree Road.

I finished spinning two bobbins on the 15th and today I had a chance to create a nice even 2-ply DK weight coming in at 260 yards.   This past week has been about spinning thin and I’m slowly getting better in keeping my consistency and hope soon I can achieve a nice 2-ply fingering weight.

Since I knew I would not quite have enough fiber for a larger project I really wanted to do, I special ordered a lovely solid brown in the same blend coming from another wonderful Indy Dyer, Brenda of Woodenspinner.  Once this is spun up and plied, it  will be paired with my Tumble so I can knit the Currach Stole designed by Anne Podlesak for Ennea Collective.

Tumle (BFL/Tussah Silk Blend)

2-ply DK Weight

Drip Drying in our Mesquite Tree

 

Finished!

Hope everyone is having a nice day!

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Fiber Friday Spotlight: A Few Favorites

I love yarn and yes, I do admit it’s an addiction.  Yarn to me is dreams, designs and possibilities in the making, not just different weights or colors of fiber sitting on a shelf.  When I see certain colors I start to envision what that yarn can turn into and next thing you know, I’m designing. 

There are so many companies that offer great yarns to knit with and so many Indy Dyers to tempt us but for me personally, there’s a couple of dyers that really make me “drool” when I see their latest and loveliest creations.

So, here’s a few favorites to share today that you may or may not know about:

  • Sanguine Gryphon  specializes handpainted yarns, unique one of a kind patterns, and many other goodies. 
  • Blue Moon Fiber Arts is known for the Rockin’ Sock Clubs and specializes in handpainted yarns in a variety of fibers.
  • Indigo Moon specializes in handpainted yarns in wool, wool blends, silk and silk blends.  They also have many yarns that are hand-dyed using natural dyes.
  • Sunshine Yarns specializes in hand-dyed yarns in a wide array of tempting colors and weights.  This small yarn company is known for movie inspired colorways such as the line for Harry Potter and Twilight.  Yarn clubs are available.

Happy knitting all!

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