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Merino/cashmere spinning fiber, that is. Criminally soft.

Just dyed these up for the etsy shop (www.micamynx.etsy.com)

Pardon, Paraphernalia, Conspiracy & Parole

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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!

Oops, I have neglected ye olde blog. When things get a bit hectic around here, the blog is one of the first things to go. I have been too busy to dye any fiber (which sucks, because I have only gotten to play with my new dye colors once!) but I have been spinning & knitting!

I finished my handspun Bitterroot shawl! It turned out beautifully and hopefully I will be wearing it this Saturday to the Heart Ball (my gown is a cream colored strapless crepe-I think the shawl will be pretty with it!)

Bitterroot shawl-handspun merino/silk singles

Next, I managed to crank out my first pair of handspun handknit socks! I used the merino/cashmere/nylon yarn from the Squoosh combed top in Voltage-

Handspun socks

 

The pattern is Handspun Show-Off socks (free in Ravelry) and it is a neat little pattern. The heels & toes are done in short-row garter stitch, so no picking up stitches or decreasing gussets. It does involve more grafting at the toe, but totally worth it.

Close-up of the cool short row heel

I have been spinning daily (as usual!) and here are some of the goodies I have spun up!

Handspun yarns

Clockwise from upper left: JulieSpins BFL in Autumn Glory, JulieSpins 100% tussah silk in Antique Rose, BeeMiceElf Merino in Passion, Micamynx (ME!) handdyed merino/cashmere in Barnwood, and Gale’s Art merino in Crayon Box

This is going to be quick because the hubby has me “decrapifying” the house, but here is some gorgeous Wensleydale from Allspunup that I spun over New Years.  It is absolutely a joy to spin and I love the long staple length. It is not overly soft, but it has such a nice sheen and halo. I can’t wait to knit with it!

The top prior to spinning

440 yards of yummy lusciousness!

I think I made some camo yarn.  At least that was the first thing I thought of when I started plying this yarn. What do you think?

214 yards superwash merino handdyed

Here is the full skein picture (before setting the twist, so overlook those twisty spots & the poor skein job!)

Camo skein

Regardless, it looks like manly yarn to me.

I also realized I forgot to blog photo the latest Dragonfly Fibers silk/merino roving I spun up. In the Eureka colorway (greens & golds). This is heavy laceweight singles

Eureka-silk/merino singles 552 yards

It is very pretty, but I am getting a little “greened” out.

Uh-oh. It is nearly Christmas. Have I finished any Christmas knitting? Nope.  I started spinning and stopped knitting for the most part. My bad. So now I am scrambling.  Did I also mention that I forgot to start Christmas shopping as well?  Oh boy.  Wish me luck this week.

In the meantime, the etsy shop is doing A-ok.  I have sold 3 skeins of handspun thus far. I think this is a good thing.  I can’t wait to see the feedback (cross your fingers!) Here are the latest off the wheel:

Pigeonroof Studios sw merino 2 ply

 

This is the 160 yards of mostly worsted weight yarn I spun from this roving:

Pigeonroof roving

Isn’t is gorgeous? The roving and the resulting yarn! I can’t wait to spin up some more Pigeonroof.

I also finished plucking the candle wax from my handdyed BFL roving (remember the great candle wax incident?). I ended up having to trash some of the roving (sucked!) but still managed to spin up this:

114 yards nav-plied

And I spun up my purple handdyed superwash roving:

Handdyed SW merino

Into 189 yards of 2 ply sport weight. It turned out heathered and it is a really pretty yarn.

189 yard 2 ply

Okay that was silly. Seriously though, I love BFL. I spun up this BeeMiceElf BFL:

BeeMiceElf BFL top in Floribunda colorway

I navajo plied it into 265 yards of fingering weight yarn:

265 yards


I used the close-up picture so you can see the fuzzy halo. It is really soft and pretty. I hope there is enough for some kid socks, but if not, it will make a lovely beret or cowl.

I just started on some MCN. My first MCN too!


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