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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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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!

Yesterday was my birthday & I spent at least part of the day spinning on my Lendrum.  Only fitting since the wheel was my birthday present.  But because I am horribly spoiled, I got a dozen roses too! 

Here are the latest yarns:

The JulieSpins merino roving in the colorway Polaris -It was 6.1 ounces (yet another reason to love JulieSpins, her rovings are usually always more than 4oz.) and I spun the singles laceweight. After 2-plying, I ended up with 610 yards of light fingering weight yarn! Wow! It is the most yarn I have spun yet! I managed to get it all on the large plying bobbin with room to spare. I think that sucker will hold 800-900 yards easy. 

Partial bobbin of singles

Large bobbin after plying

Big fat squishy skein!

I also spun up the Ashland Bay merino/tussah silk roving I got at SAFF.  I snagged it on my frantic runthrough.  Remember SAFF was pre-wheel, so I wasn’t sure what I wanted to get, but I had read a post on Ravelry that talked about how nice the Ashland Bay silk blend was to spin.  “Drafts like butter” stuck in my head. One vendor had a little over 3oz. left so I grabbed it.  I spun it into fingering weight singles with the intention of leaving it singles.  Unfortunately, I overspun it.  I think it will still be okay as a single yarn, but it would have been much prettier as a more loosely spun single.  Also, I did not find that it was all that wonderful to spin. It was nice, but not as nice as the indie dyed silk blends and seacell blends I have been spinning.

Before

After-330 yards

I also spun up the playing with red & scarlet sw merino roving I dyed last week.  Here are the singles (again you can see my little overspinning tendency!)

Candy cane striped singles

I attempted to navajo ply this at first (mainly because after finishing that 610 yards of JulieSpins merino above, I was too lazy to wind this onto a second bobbin to 2 ply). Disaster. I am still not absolutely sure what happened, since I was able to successfully nav-ply the Dragonfly Fibers silk/merino earlier, but this time it was just a mess.  I used the regular plying head at the lowest (slowest) ratio and the yarn still got all crazy twisted up. My loop kept closing on my finger and I broke a nail trying to rush and stop the wheel. It was so bad that I just stopped, wound it off and decided to 2ply the remaining singles.  Managed to get 150 yards of DK/Sport weight in the 2 ply.  Probably could have been another 50 yards or so if I hadn’t mangled it.  Oh well, that is why I dyed up the merino to practice on.  The yarn is drying now after setting the twist last night.

ON THE WHEEL TODAY:  The Plucky Knitter sw merino in the Honey Wilkes colorway

The Plucky Knitter SW Merino "Honey Wilkes"

 

 

No, I didn’t ply the chihuahua. But he did sleep on my lap as I plied this entire skein. What a weird little dog he is!

I finished spinning and plying the JulieSpins Strawberry Banana seacell/merino roving this morning. I haven’t set the twist yet, but here is how it turned out (even though it was only 209 yards, I busted out the plying head and the big bobbin):


Keely already has dibs on this skein, but as I was finishing it up, Lake called to tell me that a friend of ours just announced she is expecting her first child. I think it is an omen that I was spinning some baby-friendly pink at the time! Regardless, I will be cranking out some baby goodies for her layette. I am so excited!

Still spinning like a freak. I actually popped in the earpiece on my cell phone yesterday and conducted a little business while spinning. The clerks at the courthouse are used to hearing car noise when I call on the road, so a little Lendrum whir isn’t going to hurt, is it?

The torrential downpour may have stopped for the moment, but I don’t see any actual sunlight yet. Hopefully I will have more stuff to post later today. The last few days I have been spinning this JulieSpins merino top:

JulieSpins roving Polaris

Into laceweight singles. I have a full bobbin now with another couple of ounces left to spin, but here was the bobbin early yesterday:

I have also been spinning this JulieSpins roving:

This is the roving that Keely insisted I had to purchase. She is not sure what she wants me to make from the resulting yarn, but she will “let me know”. I am spinning it in a fingering single and I think I will probably double ply it. It is going to look like sherbet I think.  I am going to ply it this morning, if nothing else interferes!

Since my last post I have gone koo-koo nutty with fiber. I popped over to Earth Guild in Asheville last week with the thoughts of buying another drop spindle. Instead, I left with a pound of Australian merino top-undyed and an ounce or so of undyed Tussah silk.  I haven’t had the nerve to touch the silk yet, but I started dyeing the merino. With food coloring. But before I get to the dyeing-I managed to start plying yarn! What a difference it makes! So the purple roving from Spinner’s Hill that was singles in the last post turned into this:

Only about 80 some yards though (which seems rather pathetic, but I am still learning!). That yarn became this:

My first knitted project from my first handspun!  I learned how to make an Andean bracelet (complete with purple finger!)Then I plied the Huggybear roving and got this (nearly 110 yards this time!):

Still pretty unintentionally thick & thin, but getting much better.  Then I spun & plied some Merino/Bamboo roving from Squoosh in Arctic:

I also got some MCN roving from Squoosh too, but I don’t want to mess with it until I can safely spin sock yarn.  All in all though, I am pleased with my spinning progress.


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