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At least that is what weather.com says. It made me think of this yarn:

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244 yards of superluscious merino/cashmere/silk in the “Tempest” colorway. It really needs to be knit…but into what?

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Some of the latest spins and plans for them:

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600 yards of Shetland singles from Southern Cross Fibre, Club fiber “Island Paradise”. Currently knitting into a Limeade Fizz Shawl-a new pattern by the Sexy Knitter.

This is 200 yards of fat squishy yumminess:
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It is mixed merino from BeeMiceElf in the club colorway “Beloved Bard”. I spun it into a chain plied 6 ply by holding 2 singles together as I plied. It is a nifty trick for making thicker yarn with thin singles. I think it is probably destined to be a hat or some squishy mittens.

I have become enamored of true 3 plies lately too.

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Like this one in Southern Cross Fibre, “Paua” in Falkland, 310 yards. Destined for socks.

Finally, check out this one-it’s a chain ply Polworth, but it is one of my own dye jobs:
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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

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!

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260 yards 3-ply, 50 yards n-ply

Not the Falklands-but Falkland wool. I got this in a trade & even though the colors were not necessarily what I would have chosen, it was very pretty fiber. I spun it up for Ravelympics and got this:

150 Yards n-plied DK weight

From FatCatKnits in the colorway "Buster"

These are the 4 skeins=650 yards of sport weight yarn I spun 2 ply from JulieSpins Autumn Glory BFL braids. It turned out simply stunning! I definitely see a color progression shawl in the future once I figure out a pattern!

Ravelympics totals thus far:

Completed yarns: 4

Completed yards: 1,552

Ounces spun: 18oz.

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!


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