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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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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!

I started knitting the adorable Wurm hat this weekend. I claimed the yarn in a swap. The luxurious 50/50 Alpaca Merino from Plucky Knitter in the colorway “Ilsa Lund”:

Yummy yarn

I followed some modifications suggested by another Raveler and made this:

Me wearing the Wurm!

I have also been a little busy dyeing fiber

Fiber drying on my poor topless gazebo

 That is a photo of a pound of Finn (love Finn, can’t wait to spin it!) and 3/4 a pound of Rambouillet (my dyeing nemesis-it just makes everything rather pastel-like).  It dried today and it now looks like this:

Braids of Finn & Rambouillet

Most of it will go up in the etsy shop (www.micamynx.etsy.com) soon. I have lots more to dye too!

I also managed to finish some spinning. This is the superfine merino from BeeMiceElf in the November 2009 club colorway-“Traditions”. BeeMiceElf fibers are always amazing to spin and the colors are gorgeous. This one is no exception.

364 yards, 2 ply, DK weight

Oh and did I mention that I named all the newly dyed fiber after criminal law terms? Victim and Trespass are already sold before I even got them in the shop! Maybe crime does pay!

Last, but not least, I finally got this nommy braid of merino/cashmere/silk from Limegreenjelly (www.limegreenjelly.etsy.com) onto the wheel

A beautiful heap of fiber

As can be expected, it is spinning up beautifully! I must acquire more!

So soft!

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

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!

It really was a productive weekend. Yes, I realize it is now Wednesday.  We have had various mini-crisis that have kept me from blogging, such as the kitchen sink malfunctioning (day 4 of no hot water in the kitchen-wtf?) and the teenager’s first traffic ticket (improper lane change-“the cop was mean, Mommy!”)  I also managed to squeeze in an orthodontist appointment for pre-teen #1 (it was her last baby tooth that was handed to me at cheer practice, safely enconsed in the Starburst fruit chew that extricated it) and the vet for Keegan the fat Chihuahua for his rabies shot (he is overdue for a grooming and smells like fish-sticks). Whew.

But prior to the housemouse stuff- I was able to finish my Multonomah shawl from the BeeMiceElf handspun this weekend.

Multnomah Shawl in handspun

Close up of Multnomah shawl

I  love this fiber (75% merino/25% milk fiber). It spun up beautifully and knit like a dream. No splitting, no fuzzing, no twisting. I set the twist in hot water & thwacked. Prior to blocking I soaked the shawl in hot soapy water, rinsed in cool. Even with the multiple washes, I didn’t have any felting issues.

The finished shawl is so soft and shiny. The milk fiber seems comparable to silk. The shawl has the same glossy shine and slight weightiness of a silk blend. I probably could have blocked it  more aggressively to emphasize the feather/fan edges, but I am still too cheap & lazy to buy actual blocking wires & pads. There is only so much one can do with pins on a towel.

I also finished spinning this merino from All Spun Up:

620 yards of 2 ply laceweight

And finally, at the cheer competition on Sunday, I managed to wind that huge skein of JulieSpins pastel sw merino into a huge ball and start the Girasole baby blanket.

Girasole baby blanket

That ball in the photo is roughly the size of a large cantaloupe.  I know I still have more yarn to spin for this blanket, but I am enjoying the knitting thus far.  It is such a gorgeous pattern.  And the yarn is incredibly fluffy and soft.

Because it knits up like this:

BeeMiceElf merino/milk fiber singles

Multnomah close-up

 

Got my first Finn & Rambouillet yesterday ( a pound each undyed from Hello Yarn!). I am on the road again today for work but I am hoping there is a chance of dyeing when I get home. Cross your fingers for me!


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