30 July 2013

Into The Good Stuff

Into The Good Stuff
Into The Good Stuff Into The Good Stuff

There's something very invigorating about laying all your unfinished projects out. At least, it was for me. I was mobilised into action after telling you about all my WIPs last week and in a flurry of activity, have finished quite a few.

Here's the first. Handspun, delicious, bluefaced leicester. It's my best spinning so far. Still with a distinctly handspun feel (read: a bit thick & thin and overplied in places) it's pretty even and so super soft. I filled two bobbins then crammed them both onto one bobbin when I was plying and was chuffed to work out I had about 305m of roughly a four ply/heavy fingering weight yarn. Although I imagined that I might dye it - now it's all skeined up, I'm thinking not. The creamy colour is just edible as is.

I thought you'd like to see the high-tech way I skein my yarn. I don't have a niddy noddy or a swift or a ball winder but I do have chairs. With the help of my kids (usually my 11 year old son who loves everything to do with numbers) I wind my plied yarn around two chairs, measure the distance around and count the number of times it's wrapped. Distance x wraps = rough length. I'm sure there are easier ways to do it - but this works very well for now :)

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Our trip to Fibre East this past weekend was fantastic, as usual. My main aim was to get spinning supplies (although I couldn't resist just a bit of yarn and some buttons too ... ) Anyway, here's the fibre I got. Clearly, I am feeling in the mood for natural and earthy tones right now ...

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This little beauty was first. It's a 100g braid dyed by Katie of Hill Top Cloud. I love her dyeing, she has a great eye for colour. I can't find a colourway name, but it's a 70% BFL, 15% Seacell and 15% Baby Alpaca blend. I'm going to have a bash at spinning it to about a DK weight. I'm laughing as I type this - I'm not sure if I have much control of how thick or thin my spinning is yet. We'll find out. It's good to aim high though, right?

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Mr Myrtle spotted this swirl of creams and browns first and once I squeezed it, there was no going back. Ooh la la! It's an undyed, luscious blend of merino, alpaca, camel and silk. Soft is not the word, it feels silky, with incredible bounce and I am in love. Swept away, I bought a whole 200 grams. I have no idea how many metres of yarn that will spin into, the more the merrier as far as I'm concerned.

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And finally, this silky, "pink champagne" suri alpaca needed to come home with me. I bought 100g from the lovely woman on the The Woolroom stand and I'm thinking (again with a bit of a panicked giggle) that I'd like to try to spin it as a DK weight single (is that even possible?)

I don't know what to spin first. I've "pimped" my wheel with a new plastic stretchy drive band, a thumb tack under the tension knob and a new bobbin and asked a gazillion questions of the very patient ladies spinning in the "have a go" tent, so I'm ready to go. I better start soon before I'm struck with the affliction where you can't bear to use the lovely stuff.

Any suggestions?


11 comments:

  1. What gorgeous fibers!! And you beautiful natural handspun is lovely, what are you going to turn it into?

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  2. Ooooh, I'm loving the cream and brown mix!

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  3. Great job, and what a great husband to not only tolerate you, but to help you pick out lovely fiber! ;-) That 200g ball is awesome. I had one that looked like that, but I think it was just BFL. I love the way it looks spun.

    I'm so jealous of your wheel, now. My work goes so much more slowly on the spindle. :-(

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  4. that cream and brown looks good enough to eat!

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  5. Your cream handspun looks lovely, don't dye it! I love that cream and brown fibre too. I was very sad not to be able to make it to Fibre East at the weekend, it sounds as though it was pretty good though.

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  6. What exquisite fiber you've bought! I Pinned this post for when I need to figure out how much handspun I've done.

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  7. I am living the cream and grey particularly. Aim high, I am sure you will achieve. Do it now! ;)

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  8. Oh my goodness - YUM! I have been back to look at those fibres a few times today without managing to leave a comment, but each time they look more delicious, I swear!

    Can't wait to see them transformed into yarn! And I totally agree about the BFL - it's perfect as it is. xxx

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  9. Lovely work and the fibre you picked up is gorgeous! I'd probably start on the coloured one first simply because the fibres in it are easier to spin; then move onto the suri which will be a touch harder as suri doesn't have scales the same way wool does and can be a bit slippery, then move onto the swirled blend simply because in that one you have a mix of different fibre lengths which takes a little more concentration. Option 2, number them 1-3, then put that in random.org and spin whichever number it picks first!

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  10. Your yarn is gorgeous, perfect, smooth and shiny. I wind my skeins on the back of my desk chair and determine my yardage in the same way you do. Your new fibre is exquisite. Thanks for introducing me to Hill Top Cloud, I have had to order myself some new roving to spin.

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  11. No suggestion but will follow your progress! You cannot stop spinning can you?

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