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I finally managed to dye some wool & like a good girl (well a good girl who needs fiber funds, anyway) I put almost all of it in the etsy shop (www.micamynx.etsy.com) There is some superwash merino:

Larceny- superwash merino

There was some merino/cashmere, but it got scooped up already.  Still some Rambouillet:

Rambouillet-Prosecutor

and some 80% merino/20% silk:

Merino/Silk- "Not Guilty"

On the spinning front- I just finished this gorgeous AllSpunUp merino/silk for my friend Kim:

AllSpunUp merino/silk in pinks/browns/grays 430 yds fingering wht.

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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!

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

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

Artsy afternoon sun photo

This is some JulieSpins superwash merino in her Jungle colorway.  It spins up beautifully!

On the bobbins

260 yards 3-ply, 50 yards n-ply

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.


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