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I won’t bore you with how ridiculously busy I have been, rather I will just try to catch up.

The latest finished project? These awesome gloves from the latest Knitty.com issue. Ringwood Gloves. I knit them in handspun from JulieSpins 75/25 BFL/silk fiber. A truly luscious blend that is soft with a bit of shine. I have ridiculous love for these gloves and already have another handspun pair on the needles.

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See? Pair #2-this time in Dripping Fiber Studios BFL/Silk
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And continuing on the BFL/Silk bandwagon-here is the first finished skein of JulieSpins BFL/SILK in “Stained Glass.” I have four braids of this and it is earmarked for a “simple tunic sweater” for my mom. If I hope to finish it by Christmas (which may be very wishful thinking!) I thought I better get spinning.

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I also finished this BeeMiceElf handspun sweater. This is the December 2009 club colorway “Around the Mulberry” in 80/20 merino/silk. I still need to spin the 3rd braid and fix the hem & neckline. It needs to be a bit longer with a non-rolling hem and the neckline is too wide, it falls off my shoulders.
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I have been dyeing and the etsy shop (www.micamynx.etsy.com) is fairly well stocked with more to come. These are some favorites:
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October

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The end of the school year and our big family vacation are coming up at a rapid pace. I feel like if I blink I will miss an entire day.  Apparently, I did a good bit of blinking, because the blog has not been updated in oh…some time.

In no particular order:

I finally finished the Girasole baby blanket for a friend’s upcoming baby girl. We hosted the shower on Monday and it was lovely. Here is the cake (I didn’t make it!!)

The gorgeous cake Laurie made!

And here is the finished (and finally blocked) blanket:

Ready to gift

65" across, 1450+ yards of DK/nearly worsted weight handspun from 20 oz. of superwash merino fiber

Also finished recently, the pink handspun Wurm (my new favorite go-to pattern!)

Pink handspun Wurm

And finally some yarns:

350 yards, fingering weight singles

Singles from Enchanted Knoll Farms (www.enchantedknoll.etsy.com) in superwash merino with sparkles & silk. Colorway “Spice Trade”

284 yards, 70 % merino/30 % nylon fiber

Merino/Nylon sock yarn in “Midnight Tide” up for sale in my etsy store (http://www.micamynx.etsy.com)

150 yards of nplied Merino/cashmere

Some merino/cashmere I dyed and spun.

238 yards worsted weight 2 ply

Some scrumpdillicious Pigeonroof Studios in 70%merino/30%silk.  http://www.pigeonroofstudios.etsy.com

And finally-I just finished this braid of Finn I dyed:

Finn handdyed by me

And spun it into laceweight singles to make a colorblock Citron shawl (I think!):

580 yards laceweight singles

There is also another Wurm finished (in some yummy SkeinQueen MCN) but I haven’t managed to get a model for it yet. It is yellow and no one wants to wear it!

Bliss

Posted on: April 30, 2010

This is the aptly named Bliss fiber from Enchanted Knoll Farms (www.enchantedknoll.etsy.com).  It is a heavenly blend of 65% merino/35% silk in lovely colorways.  This colorway is Terra and it spun into this:

Laceweight 2 ply "Terra"

"Terra"

On a non-fiber note-here is what I found on the deck yesterday morning as I was hanging yarn out to dry:

I love his green-ness!

I also had to snap the goober boys under my desk:

I think they look kind of snotty.

Finally, the never ending saga of the handspun baby blanket Girasole continues. I ran out of yarn AGAIN! I still have 4 rows of the second repeat of the last chart AND the edging to do. sigh.  Back to the wheel.  But here is a progress photo:

Girasole in JulieSpins' Perfect Pastel handspun

I do have a finished object to share. This is the Tappan Zee sweater from the latest issue of Knitty.com.

Tappan Zee handspun sweater in BFL

I knit it using the BFL from JulieSpins in the unclub colorway “Autumn Glory”.  I had just enough to finish, with about 3 foot of some Malabrigo sock yarn used for the last 20 stitches on the bind off. Still, what a cool little sweater for only 648 yards of handspun!

Close-up!

I am still contemplating the closure.  I am actually toying with a zipper or perhaps a crocheted frog-type closure that echoes the diamond pattern of the yoke.  The color combination worked out perfectly with the lighter colored skein ending just before the end of the yoke (You can see one or two rows of the darker edging the sleeves). 

I am still spinning down the stash for trades.  I just completed this AllSpunUp 80% merino/20% silk

AllSpunUp merino/silk fiber

It spun up into 320 yards of lusciously soft & silky n-ply fingering weight:

320 yards n-ply sock weight

I am finishing up some yummy Enchanted Knoll Farms Bliss (65%merino/35% silk) today. It spun like a dream into teensy-tiny singles. I am plying it into a laceweight and it is coming out amazing!

Oh! I almost forgot. After some prodding from a Ravelry member (and rapidly becoming dear friend!) I have added my handspun yarns & handdyed rovings to the Rav yarn database. Yep, Micamynx is now a yarnie on Rav!  The coolest part, for me, is that when people link to the database I can see everyone’s projects made from yarn I created or fiber I dyed! http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/brands/micamynx

I also did a tiny bit of dyeing the other day.  I am waiting on my 5lb mega-order (a mega order for me!) from Paradise Fibers to arrive.  Until then, I over-dyed some MCN fiber I had botched previously and dyed this 80% merino/20% cashmere:

"Mitigation" merino/cashmere fiber

I have been busy spinning & enabling. I have been selling & swapping a good bit of handspun to continue to fuel my fiber obsession. In exchange, I am getting loads of yummy fiber including this handplucked angora bunny:

Here are some of my recent spins. First off, the Funky Carolina March fiber I posted about last, in the merino/bamboo/silk blend. It was such a luscious little spin that I traded with a fellow Rav member to get 2 more braids of it. 

Then I spun this Pigeonroof Fiber Studios MCN blend up for a fellow Rav member. I was shooting for a DK weight, but it fluffed so much that it wpi’d out at a worsted weight. Fortunately she still like it.

"Cherry BonBon" 230 yards worsted 2 ply

I finally spun up the “Spun Honey” MCN that I dyed a while back. It went to another Rav member (who I am actively trying to turn into a spinner herself!)

"Spun Honey" 3ply sockweight 300 yards

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This is some JulieSpins superwash merino in her Jungle colorway.  It spins up beautifully!

On the bobbins

260 yards 3-ply, 50 yards n-ply

But I am blogging. Heh.

Things have been a bit hectic, we were in Asheville NC last weekend for a legal seminar and kids are shuffling for spring break.  My Mother in law arrives today which brought about a flurry of spring cleaning. 

In the meantime, I am still slogging away on the baby blanket Girasole. I love, love, love the pattern & the gorgeous JulieSpins merino I have spun up to knit with.  Unfortunately, I ran out of yarn-yep-I actually started knitting before I finished spinning. Huge mistake.  But more fiber is jetting towards me as I write this, so all works out in the end. Even for schmucks like  me who do silly things. I would post some in-progress photos but it is a circular blanket & it just looks weird on the needles.

I did so many laceweight yarns that I was jonesing for some fat smooshy spinning.  So I finished these two over the weekend:

FreckleFace Fibers Merino in Mountaintop-150 yards

Rambouillet dyed by me "Dusky Pansies" 200 yards fat worsted

I also cast on for a little short-sleeved cardigan from the new Knitty using the JulieSpins Autumn Glory BFL I spun up for Ravelmpics.  It is color progression yarn & I started the yoke with the lighter skein. Now that I am knitting it I think I probably should have started with the darker skeins then fade to lighter towards the waist, but eh…who knows. Progress pics on that soon.

I started spinning the March Funky Carolina fiber last night. It is merino/bamboo/silk and it is quite luscious. I am thinking a plied laceweight.

A before picture of the merino/bamboo/silk yumminess!

The biggest, fattest, smooshiest skein of yarn I have spun yet:

Seriously-look at this sucker!

This is 580 yards of 2 ply fingering weight JulieSpins superwash merino. Pictured above with a leftover singles bobbin for scale. I still have about 5 ounces left to spin! Yowzers!

Close-up colorway is "Perfect Pastels"


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