Saturday, September 11, 2010

Spinning, Spinning, Spinning Some More...

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Since I participated in both the Tour de Fleece (Ravelry link) and the Spunky Eclectic Ravelry group's Great Stash Spin Up (Ravelry link) this year, I've got a backlog of skeins to show you.


Handspun Yarn I: Cinnamon and Sugar

Fiber: Call of the Wool Shetland Wool Roving
Stats: 295 yards (113 g), 13 wpi (heavy fingering weight)
Ply: Navajo-ply

Comment: Fiber courtesy of Chantel the shetland sheep :) Thanks, Chantel!

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Handspun Yarn II: Hidden

Fiber: Spunky Eclectic Bluefaced Leicester Roving
Stats: 652 yards (113 g), 26 wpi (lace weight)
Ply: Single-ply

Comment: This colorway reminds me so much of lichen on rocks in a forest.

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Handspun Yarn III: Aqua

Fiber: Tranquil Morning Farm Navajo Churro Lamb Batt
Stats: 122 yards (60 g), 13 wpi (heavy fingering/light sport weight)
Ply: 2-ply

Comment: A little challenging to spin, but I love this color.

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Handspun Yarn IV: Red Dwarf Star

Fiber: All Spun Up Merino Combed Top
Stats: 285 yards (121 g), 11 wpi (DK weight)
Ply: 2-ply

Comment: Holy squishiness, batman! This stuff is soft.

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Handspun Yarn V: Esmaralda

Fiber: Enchanted Knoll Farm Farm-raised Roving
Stats: 236 yards (110 g), 12 wpi (sport weight)
Ply: Navajo-ply

Comment: I'm thinking I'll use this with another yarn in a weaving project :)

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Handspun Yarn VI: Thunderstorm

Fiber: Spunky Eclectic Panda Combed Top (60% Superwash Merino/ 30% Bamboo/ 10% Nylon)
Stats: 480 yards (119 g), 17 wpi (light fingering/lace weight)
Ply: Single-ply

Comment: I need to figure out what to do with this cool color progression! Probably a simple shawl of some kind...

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Handspun Yarn VII: Koi Pond

Fiber: All Spun Up Polwarth Combed Top
Stats: 346 yards (119 g), 12-15 wpi (fingering weight)
Ply: 2-ply

Comment: Polwarth is somewhat different than other wools I've spun. It feels soft and wonderful, but seems to eat up a lot more plying twist than I'm used to. I need to practice more with this fiber :)

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Handspun Yarn VIII: Cheshire Cat

Fiber: Enchanted Knoll Farm Merino/Bamboo/Silk/Sparkles Batts
Stats: 371 yards (87 g), 18 wpi (light fingering/lace weight)
Ply: Navajo-ply

Comment: Meow! Another blue/green/black combo. I seem to have an affinity for them :)

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Handspun Yarn IX: Subtle Tiger

Fiber: All Spun Up 50% Merino/ 25% Silk/ 25% Bamboo Roving
Stats: 1143 yards (120 g), 27 wpi (lace weight)
Ply: Single-ply

Comment: Roar!

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Handspun Yarn X: Eric

Fiber: Southern Cross Fibre Merino Wool Top
Stats: 668 yards (114 g), 19 wpi (light fingering/lace weight)
Ply: 2-ply

Comment: Such deep, delicious reds!

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Handspun Yarn XI: Jabberwocky

Fiber: Blue Moon Fiber Arts 50% Merino/ 50% Silk Roving
Stats: 654 yards (192 g), 18 wpi (light fingering weight)
Ply: Navajo-ply

Comment: The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! (No unattended yarn snuggling. Bug, that means you!)

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13 comments:

Sara said...

Absolutely breathtaking! I tried to pick a favorite, but couldn't. I'm in awe. It gives me hope, too, to see all your lovely single ply lace weights. I love knitting with 1-ply lace yarns, but my own singles always seem too kinky. Must try again. Thanks for sharing the fabulous photos and notes!

Melissa (meliabella) Sibley said...

I have to admit, I look forward to your blog posts both for the quality of your spinning (and knitting) as well as the lovely photos of the kitties with the fiber! Thanks so much for sharing!

muchadored said...

Amazing! You have been so busy, and so many beautiful yarns to show for it. Absolutely gorgeous!

Oiyi said...

Wow, those are all so beautiful! Way to go. I need to find more time to spin also.

sula said...

I am completely overwhelmed. I've been scrolling back and forth, just gaping!

SJ said...

These are all so gorgeous I don't think I can pick a favorite! (I so did not need to know that BMFA is dyeing fiber now, though.)

Eklectika! said...

I LOVE that deep red one! And I think I'm convinced now to try one of Spunky's progression colorways...just need to find the time to spin again!

Sarah said...

These are all SO gorgeous! I've really gotta work on my finer-weight spinning -- I seem to consistently get about 200 yards (of 2-ply) from 4oz. There's only so much of that kind of yarn I can take!

Big Geek Knit Blog said...

Oh I love your yarns! I love your cat more I think!

Beautiful, just beautiful.

The yarn (cat too)

;-)

Yarny Days said...

Holy Molly. How do you do it! So very beautiful.

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

I'm among the blog readers who can't decide on a favorite.

I'm a beginning spinner, and haven't figured out how to best manage multi-colored roving.

Can you suggest any resources for learning about this?

Tara said...

Hello. I was reading an older blog post of yours from January 19, 2009, called Christmas Knitting Wrap Up.I too grew up with those stockings. My Great Aunt made one for everyone in our extended family. Is there any way I can get the pattern for these from you?
This is the first time I have ever been able to find anything on the internet about these stockings. I would love to be able to make these for my husband and our
children (someday). It would mean so much to me to be able to have these go on in our family. Please let me know if I can get the pattern form you or where I could
find the pattern elsewhere. Thank you so much for your time! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Tara Goodwin
email: t.p.goodwin@gmail.com
Thanks again so much!

Online Wool Store said...

Beautiful yarns and wonderful colors!