jazzturtle - I think we're on the same wavelength right now yarn-wise, because so many of your yarns are similar to yarns that I'm working on! And I think I might have to get some of those rumpelstiltskin batts now...I love the way your Straw Into Gold turned out. I'm a big fan of spinning-related fairy tales!
I only have three yarns to share this week - I spun more, but it's too cloudy to take pictures.
Seafoam - delicious corespun goodness. Mohair, bamboo, soysilk, sparkle, raw merino-cross locks, and tencel nepps.
The Princess & The Pea - I spun about 20 felted "peas" into this yarn.
Luned - I spun two skeins (8oz total) of this colorway. I have one skein left that I might keep for myself.
I had some fibery adventures the past two weeks - I did some natural dyeing experiments and I collected some milkweed seed fluff to blend into my yarns! I gathered fleabane flowers and milkweed seed pods during one of my hikes. The fleabane flowers dyed a nice yellow on wool & mohair:
And I processed the seed fluff and carded it with other fibers (there's a tutorial + more natural dyeing pictures on my blog here):
Then I blended up a bunch of batts from the milkweed & naturally dyed fibers, and spun up two skeins.
Masala - Wool, mohair, and bamboo. The orange was dyed with onion skins, and the gray was dyed with alkanet root.
Huntress - Mostly mohair, plus wool, bamboo, and milkweed fluff. The deep red, pink, and peach are from madder root, and the gray is alkanet.
And, some vegan yarns I spun this week:
Eyebright - organic cotton. Each ply was spun from a different colorway.
Copper Kettle - One ply of organic cotton, one ply of blended bamboo & copper sparkle.
I haven't posted in a fiber friday thread in a while, because I've been so busy with other things - but I do have some yarn to show this week:
Desert Blossom - organic cotton, bamboo, and hemp with cocoons of hemp & bamboo. The yarn will stripe randomly in sections of soft fluffy organic cotton and silky-smooth bamboo carded with hemp. I blended the bamboo with hemp myself...I love the way the two fibers interact! The bamboo softens the hemp a ton, and the hemp adds texture and backbone to the bamboo. Hemp is one of my new favorite fibers.
A big pile of patchwork yarn for a custom order - I'm kind of jealous!! I don't usually spin this much of a single dyelot/colorway. It's enough for a sweater or baby blanket, 1 1/2 lbs total.
And a pile of yarns that I spun during a two-day art yarn workshop with Jacey of Insubordiknit last weekend. I learned some new techniques and new ways to do old ones. Fun!
I think I've missed the past couple Fiber Fridays...I've been busy spinning for a craft show this weekend (and another one next weekend!). If anyone is in the MD/VA/DC area, you should come say hi!
My box o' yarns:
I've got around 30-some skeins right now, and I don't have time to photograph them all individually, so you'll all just have to squint at that one not-so-great picture, haha. I've never had this much of my own handspun (or any yarn, really) all together at one time, ever!
Here's a closeup of one of the yarns on top of the box, yummy silky-soft corespun kid mohair locks from small local farms:
Nice yarns, everyone! Here are some new ones from me this week:
Emmeline - handspun ORGANIC COTTON patchwork yarn. I'm proud of this one! I have lots more org. cotton patchwork yarns in the works.
Peony - one ply pink organic cotton and one ply of bamboo & sparkle. The perfect combination of fluffiness & drape!
Bloom - thread-plied yarn with big fluffy coils
Raimbowtree - two self-striping skeins that match but don't match. If that makes sense.
And, a pile of vegan yarns for my upcoming craft shows.
Also, my handspun yarns are in a book! Written by Cosy of cosyknitsliterally on etsy. It's called "Knit One, Embellish Too" and also includes handspun yarn from knittydirtygirl and feltstudiouk on etsy. You can see the projects my yarns are in HERE and HERE.
April Showers - spun from all-vegan fibers - tencel, organic cotton, sparkly firestar (nylon), bamboo, and carbonized bamboo. I love all the different textures in this. Inspired by some of the intense spring storms we've been getting here lately!
New Growth - handspun organic cotton. One ply I dyed in shades of green, the other in shades of yellow, chartreuse, and natural white.
Spring Beauty - spun from a batt I carded from wool, sparkle, and recycled sari silk. Inspired by one of my favorite spring flowers! This one has amazing yardage because I made myself spin it a bit thinner than I usually spin.
And a giant pile of self-striping handspun for a custom order! I LOVE big piles of handspun.
Fish Pond - seafoam & pale blue bamboo with big slubs and sections of peachy-orange bamboo.
Goldfish - deep orange, yellow, and pale orange bamboo with little cocoons of firestar in orange, gold, silver, and brown.
Straw Into Gold - The minute I set eyes on this hemp fiber, I knew I was going to spin this yarn! This yarn is 50% natural straw-colored hemp and 50% golden bamboo. I started off spinning hemp all by itself, and then I slowly blended in more and more bamboo until I ended with a long section of 100% bamboo. The hemp is not super soft (imagine if mohair came from a plant, that's sort of what it feels like - fuzzy and papery), but it has amazing texture, especially when blended with the silky-smooth bamboo!