Monday, December 8, 2008
Three new yarns, see how they're spun...
I do have some knitting projects going, but they're either blocking (to be photographed soon) or they belong in the category of secret holiday knitting, so... here's a spinning update! I've got three new yarns for you:
Handspun Yarn I: Graphite
Fiber: SWTC Black Diamonds Carbonized Bamboo Roving
Stats: 440 yards (59 g), ~25 wpi (lace weight)
Ply: single ply
This stuff was slippery and a bit fly-away (picture little cotton candy tufts trying to escape every which way if I pre-drafted much), but lots of fun to spin.
It's so shiny!
While I decided to leave it as a single, I think it would make an excellent (and more robust) 2 ply as well.
Moana stood still long enough for me to snap this photo of her modeling the yarn:
Handspun Yarn II: Lame Duck Mallard
Fiber: Spunky Eclectic Superwash Bluefaced Leicester Roving, October 2008 Spunky Club colorway "Lame Duck Mallard"
Stats: 375 yards (115 g), ~17 wpi (light fingering weight)
Ply: 3 ply
I think Boogie was right on with her interpretation of the Mallard duck's colors:
Moana wanted me to leave this yummy fiber unspun for lounging, snuffling, and kneading purposes:
However, I prevailed and managed to steal the fiber back from her (although I had to keep an eye out for her while spinning, because she really loves this stuff). Here are the three bobbins of singles:
...And the 3 ply:
As usual, this yarn has been fully Bug tested and approved.
Here's an example of why there are fewer pictures of Moana on the blog. I got just these two photos before she jumped up and started dancing around, then fled the scene (she had been napping peacefully moments earlier):
Handspun Yarn III: Shallow Water
Fiber: All Spun Up Bluefaced Leicester Roving
Stats: 442 yards (120 g), ~16 wpi (light fingering weight)
Ply: 2 ply
This color palette reminds me of the look of shallow water over pale sand near the edge of a lake or the ocean - a lovely turquoise tinged with greens and golds.
For some reason, Bug seems to wash the color variation out somewhat with his dark-chocolatey self. He doesn't mind - it still makes a pretty decent pillow.
Have a great week :)