OK, this is a little rough, but it has been a long time since I’ve made yarn
but I like it! It felt so good to get this off the bobbins – I had started this over a year ago – and bought the roving two years ago!
The roving is 100% superwash merino from The Dyeing Arts and the colorway is Goth Chick Duo. The roving was 2 oz’s of two different colorways – one with black tones, and one red/pink. I spun the red/pink first, and the black was a bit of a chore – sort of boring which is why I think I stopped spinning it. But once I started spinning again a couple of weeks ago, I was so happy to get back to it that it just flew, and I was so excited to get to plying that I finished it in one sitting. Not the most even yarn – definitely thick and thin but it’s about 250 yards of sport weight, so I think I have enough to do something – maybe a cowl for the winter. The colors are pretty, and its very soft and I’m looking forward to using it (there is something so satisfying about knitting with handspun!)
Once I finished this yarn, I went back to another project that has been on the bobbins for a long long time. This is a merino/tencel blend and I finally finished the single last week.
I haven’t plied this yet because I want to Navajo ply it to maintain the color stripes – and I have only done Navajo plying once and I think I need to gear up for it (for those of you that don’t spin, Navajo plying is when you take a single yarn and ply it to get a three ply/cable ply). Kim sent me a great video so I think I’m going to sit down this weekend and give it a try. I love the colors in this yarn and the sheen is amazing so I think it’s going to be a beautiful yarn when it’s done.
Since I’ve been back to spinning, I had to also get back to buying a little stash enhancement!
Pretty, eh? The one on the left is from Gale’s Art – it’s a combo of dyed light and dark BFL (blue faced leicester) and it’s just really amazing. I’m spinning it now, and I’m really enjoying the colors – the dark BFL really adds a good depth and mix to it. The roving on the right is Perchance to Knit and its 100% Polworth – I’ve never spun this type of sheep fiber, and it’s so soft and I’ve read good things about it – I think the colors are beautiful and I’m definitely looking forward to it. It is so much fun to get new things to spin up – and so hard to resist starting it.
So there you go – now you know what I’ve been up to fiber-wise! I haven’t knit in days – wow! I just realized its been almost a week – I can’t believe how long its been! It has been very very busy at work, and I haven’t had a lot of downtime. I’m really missing it though – I have so many things I want to get to! I just found out today that a co-worker is having twins – it’s a high risk pregnancy so I’ve been hesitant to knit for her, but she had some tests recently and it looks like things are going better so I think I’ll start knitting her up some presents. Definitely booties – maybe some blankets. I was thinking about trying some of the new Loopy Ewe yarn because of the pretty colors. Any other thoughts on nice baby yarn?
OK I think I’m going to go read some blogs and sneak some knitting in – just a couple of rows would make me so happy! Have a great week!