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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!

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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

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.

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 have had a recent obsession with spinning singles. Laceweight singles.  I am not thrilled with my results thus far, but I think that I am on the right track.

I spun my greenish-yellow handdyed swBFL (“Grassy Knoll”) up into this:

300+ yards, singles, heavy laceweight

The color is a little off, I need to take better pictures. It actually spun up into a lovely apple green. I also spun up the Dragonfly Fibers (http://www.etsy.com/shop/dragonflyfiberdesign) merino/silk roving in Eureka-also some lovely bluish greens & gold-into laceweight singles. After setting the twist last night, I just need a little sunlight to take some pictures. 

Finally, the ratio of yarn/fiber into the house to yarn/fiber out of the house reached critical mass–ie., the husband noticed the steady stream of packages in and the overflowing bins.  Lake is happiest when there is a more equal ratio of in to out.  Ergo, if I want to keep spinning and dyeing, I need to part with some of the results.  Since my spinning obsession has cut into my knitting time (and yes, he has noticed that his cashmere vest is still unfinished and poor Suzy is wondering where her cardigan is!) I am not going to be able to knit up all this handspun.  So to make a long story short, I opened an Etsy shop yesterday. http://www.etsy.com/shop/micamynx


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