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I had a ton of busy things to do today, but I managed to squeeze in some photos of my spinning efforts-

The Hedgehog Fibres superwash merino got plied. I nplied it into this gorgeous fingering weight.
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I love Hedgehog Fibres in general. Her yarns are lush and gorgeous and her fibers are sublime. The superwash merino is so soft & shiny that it feels like merino/silk when spinning.

I also plied some Rogue Adventures merino with some The Plucky Knitter superwash merino. I have had both of these for awhile and finally realized that they matched each other perfectly. I used a single of each and chain plied with the 2 singles held together.

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It makes a fat, bulky round yarn that is nice & light.

And I snagged this BFL/Silk braid that I dyed out of my shop (it hadn’t sold, so it got spun!)
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I spun it in a color progression & nplied it for 372 yards of light fingering weight.
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Yesterday I went about photographing various knitting & spinning & crochet projects strewn about my house. I also took some photos of some of my favorite things in my house. Ergo, hodgepodge.

The Shetland singles becoming a shawl:
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Dining room chair I re-covered
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Sunspot Rico
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Tin by front door that I desperately want to fill with something!
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Love this plate, the Cabo vase & my witch ball from my first law office

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Yoke of nearly finished preemie cardigan, complete with homemade yarn button
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Go to socks on coffee table
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Striped alpaca blanket on couch (I knit this in bulky alpaca yarn in a basketweave pattern and then slightly felted it-it is so soft, but no longer unbearably sheddy)
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Crochet with leftover handspun yarns. I keep making these medallions and squares and strips thinking that one day they will become a scrap afghan
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A bobbin of superwash merino singles (Hedgehog Fibres) resting on the bobbin before plying
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Oops, I have neglected ye olde blog. When things get a bit hectic around here, the blog is one of the first things to go. I have been too busy to dye any fiber (which sucks, because I have only gotten to play with my new dye colors once!) but I have been spinning & knitting!

I finished my handspun Bitterroot shawl! It turned out beautifully and hopefully I will be wearing it this Saturday to the Heart Ball (my gown is a cream colored strapless crepe-I think the shawl will be pretty with it!)

Bitterroot shawl-handspun merino/silk singles

Next, I managed to crank out my first pair of handspun handknit socks! I used the merino/cashmere/nylon yarn from the Squoosh combed top in Voltage-

Handspun socks

 

The pattern is Handspun Show-Off socks (free in Ravelry) and it is a neat little pattern. The heels & toes are done in short-row garter stitch, so no picking up stitches or decreasing gussets. It does involve more grafting at the toe, but totally worth it.

Close-up of the cool short row heel

I have been spinning daily (as usual!) and here are some of the goodies I have spun up!

Handspun yarns

Clockwise from upper left: JulieSpins BFL in Autumn Glory, JulieSpins 100% tussah silk in Antique Rose, BeeMiceElf Merino in Passion, Micamynx (ME!) handdyed merino/cashmere in Barnwood, and Gale’s Art merino in Crayon Box

I have been a little blogging-lax lately.  Work has picked up and made increasing demands on my days and as usual, I spend as much “free” time as possible dyeing, knitting, spinning and talking about those activities on Ravelry.  My new batch of dyes arrived the beginning of this week, so I spent a morning playing.  I was thrilled to discover that Picasa has a lovely collage option. So without futher ado, my dyed fiber:

Micamynx Handdyed Fiber

These are from top left: Lily Pond (BFL), Queen of Hearts (SW Merino), Turmoil (Targhee), & Murky Maraschino (SW Merino)

Middle row: Pumpkin Patch (BFL) and far right middle Butternut Squash (Merino/Cashmere)

Bottom row from Left: Sunny Sorrel(Merino/Cashmere), Leap Frog (SW Merino) Barnwood (merino/Cashmere) &  Old Rug (BFL)

I also spun up the AllSpunUp Wensleydale  for the SAL (well, 4oz of it anyway). It is gorgeous and the singles are so pretty:

AllSpunUp Wensleydale in Blaze, Singles 460 yards

I also spun up the Gale’s Art 50/50 Merino/Silk in Merry Go Round colorway.  This fiber was amazingly smooth and lovely to spin. I spun very thin singles (probably my finest yet) and navajo plied it to preserve the jewel tone colorway.  I put it up on my etsy shop (www.micamynx.etsy.com) but I may take it down & knit it up.  Maybe a pair of bright stripey luxe socks?

3 ply (nplied) 326 yards 15/16 wpi

I also have a bobbin of singles of the Into the Whirled Jan/Feb SAL fiber that have been “resting” and will soon be nav-plied:

Into the Whirled "A Warm Return" SAL fiber

And finally, I am a mere 4 rows from finishing the Bitterroot shawl. Cross your fingers. You can bet I will plaster pictures of that bad boy everywhere when I finally finish it!

I forgot to shamelessly post my completely Lacey Baktus scarf I finished over Christmas.  The yarn is my handspun BeeMiceElf merino in the Floribunda colorway.  I actually had this yarn listed for sale on the etsy shop (www.micamynx.etsy.com) and then I took it down so I could knit it up!  I think that may be my modus operandi-maybe I will start listing everything and if it doesn’t get snapped up, I will unlist it & knit it at will! This yarn striped beautifully at the beginning, but once the stripe mojo left, I couldn’t get it back.  It still turned out to be a killer little scarf though!  I love it!

Lacey Baktus

 

I also forgot to post this :

788 yards of laceweight singles

Laceweight singles from this scrumptious Hedgehog Fibres (www.hedgehogfibres.etsy.com) 50/50 merino/silk combed top!

Silk/Merino top in Hold Your Breath

It is rapidly becoming a Bitterroot shawl (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter09/KSPATTbitterroot.php).  I am trying to finish it before I leave for Mexico, because I desperately want to wear it in Cabo, but I don’t know if I will make it or not!

I started spinning the good stuff! Yep, I finally reached the end of my handdyed practice merino top and had to break into the good stash!

I spun up the last 4 oz. top in the bluesy blue and ended up with 150 yards of fairly consistent and not horribly lumpy/bumpy yarn.

So I decided to start with a Hedgehog Fibers roving (hedgehogfibres.etsy.com) First off, I love Hedgehog Fibres. LOVE. Did I mention LOVE?  Beatka (the dyer) is located in Ireland and dyes the most amazing yarns & fibers.  Her cashmere/merino base yarn is absolutely yummy.  This was a 50 silk/50 merino roving dyed in amazing colors. 

Spun into singles:

Plied onto itself:

To make 204 yards of this:


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