Monday, December 8, 2008

Three new yarns, see how they're spun...

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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

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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.

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Moana stood still long enough for me to snap this photo of her modeling the yarn:

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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

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I think Boogie was right on with her interpretation of the Mallard duck's colors:

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Moana wanted me to leave this yummy fiber unspun for lounging, snuffling, and kneading purposes:

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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:

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...And the 3 ply:

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As usual, this yarn has been fully Bug tested and approved.

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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):

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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

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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.

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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.

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Have a great week :)

27 comments:

littlebirdbigcity said...

The picture where the yarn looks like your cats hair cracks me up!
Beautiful yarns, great job!

YarnSnob said...

Your spinning is fabulous! That picture of Bugs is so funny, that really made my day!

yarnintercept said...

I was going to point out that fourth picture of Bug with the Mallard Duck yarn too! Hilarious! It looks like a really bad wig, even if the yarn is beautiful. Moana just doesn't know how to have fun, although it looks like she can tell the bamboo is HER color.

CinderOla said...

So pretty!!

muchadored said...

Wow. What beautiful yarns! Your blog is, hands down, my favorite source of spinning inspiration. That bamboo roving just wowed me; it's like liquid silver.

The kitties are, as always, adorable and helpful!

Jane said...

Wow! You have been busy. All of the yarns look delicious and the cats look so cute too.

Ella said...

Now THAT is a bugariffic post! Love the colorways!

Nonnahs said...

Every time I see your fabulous handspun, it just makes me want a wheel even more! Gorgeous, as always!

Lauralness said...

They're all really pretty! I can't believe how shiny the Graphite is! The wig picture is great.

Rachel said...

They are all beautiful, but that silver is out of this WORLD. Amazing!

SJ said...

All three yarns are incredibly gorgeous! But the bamboo is probably my favorite -- such shine! And the shot of Bug wearing the Lame Duck Mallard as if it were his flowing blonde locks gave me the giggles.

Baby Beth said...

The luster of Graphite is just amazing...and Bug is priceless, as always. How are things?

quirkyknitgirl said...

That yarn looks gorgeous! I especially love the graphite. And the cats--wow! Mine would never be that patient, and think the yarn would wind up destroyed.

gleek said...

that silvery yarn is SO GORGEOUS!!!

jen said...

So beautiful! I'd love to try spinning some bamboo and your singles looks perfect!

sula said...

These yarns are marvelous! You are an amazing spinner. Do you mind if I just stare at the Graphite for a while??

Laurie (Moo!) said...

That 4th picture of Bug with the Farrah yarn/hair. I'm rolling on the floor!!!

The silver yarn is so...SILVER...just beautiful!

ducky said...

LOVE the before and after photos of your handspun...and of course the ones modeled by Bug and Moana! That bamboo looks dreamy!

lv2knit said...

You are an amazing spinner.

Sunflowerfairy said...

Beautiful job, once again.

And I love the scarf too. I kept hopping on here once in awhile, kinda flying by and never leaving a comment. Anyways, love the scarf...

Hope you are well!!

Happy Holidays too!

Maud said...

Lovely yarns, I especially like the shine and colour of the first, and the colour of the third. But the second is not bad either.

Lin said...

The grey yarn is superb. Hi Bug!

Alison Boon said...

I am totally in love with Graphite, it looks so tactile that I could feel myself itching to knit a cute little evening vest top out of it. With beads. Fabulous work.

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

You are such a talented spinner, photographer and esp. cat wrangler!:)

whitknits said...

Oh, wow. All of your handspun yarn is amazing, but that bamboo is just phenomenal!

Knittymuggins said...

OMG. That Graphite is fantastic!! It's all lovely, but that one looks like spun silver to me :) Think you'll ever sell your handspun someday? I think you could make bank on it!

Hope you're enjoying the holidays!

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Ella said...

BWAAHAHHAHAAA!

That second picture of Bug (the second one of the post) made me laugh so hard I snorted tea out my nose. Your flippin cats, girl. Too dang cute.

Love the knitting too. That scarf looks yummy warm! :D