ooohh, I love "Rose Garden," "Sands of time," and "Slippery sea!"
I've been alternating back and forth between my Ashford bulky flyer and my Lendrum- trying to figure out which ratio to spin single plies on. In the process, my spinning got thinner. I used to spin fairly consistently bulky- but more and more worsted weights are slipping through.
Here's what I've got this week: "Lady of the Swamp" 190 yards: merino wool, white alpaca, and sparkle. 4.5 oz.
"Planet of Exile" 230 yards: merino wool and sparkle, 4.8 oz.
"Vitamin K" 170 yards: merino wool, alpaca, sparkle. 4 oz.
"Jade and Onyx" 95 yards: merino, alpaca, bamboo, sparkle, silk, silk noil (a Loop batt + some of my merino)
and finally- this baby is un-named. Can't decide on anything yet- do any of you have that problem? Naming yarns has become the hardest part of spinning them. She's 180 yards, 100% merino wool. super bouncy.
I've been busy this week with my new Lendrum. I can't decide whether or not the wheel needs fixed or exchanged, so I'm taking it with me to a spin-in at The Mannings tomorrow. Here are some of my new yarnie babes though:
Umeshu: low twist thick 'n thin single. merino + white bamboo + blue sparkle, 210 yards
Twila: handspun and hand-dyed organic "green" cotton with butterflies of tulle, 95 yards.
Ivy Frond: a hodge podge of fibers, mostly merino. 150 yards
Electric Eel: low twist thick 'n thin single. merino + bamboo + alpaca + sparkle, 160 yards
Hello Sunshine: this was a yarn from last week's tutorial video on corespinning.
okay, spinsisters, bring on more yarn pr0n. I might share my first ugly batt skein later this afternoon- it's wet-setting now.
uh, I nominate laminathegreat for hosting a spinathon headquarters pinball machine! sweet.
Your Navajo plies are so pretty, nicolassa! I tried Navajo plying last night, and failed miserably. It's one technique that I really wrestle with.
Here's a few of my spins this week! Like jazzturtle, I gave cotton a try. I love love love her bright cotton yarn! Mine is pretty mellow, "Rosewood." One ply is a pale caramel organic cotton with soft gold sparkle, the other ply is hand-dyed 50/50 cotton/ecospun. 110 yards.
"LouLou" is a blend of mostly merino with some camel down, sparkle, and a bit of bamboo.
"Pollen Count" is a simple two-ply. one ply is straight up hand-dyed merino, the other ply is a little mixture of odds and ends. 140 yards.
And finally, I've been processing lotsa fleeces lately, so some of my local alpaca fleece wound up in this yarn. It's mostly merino though, and has lots of silver sparkle. "Topiary," 140 yards.
wow, check out all the stashes! I just supplemented my fiber stash with a trip to The Mannings, and brought home this:
my stash, at any given moment, usually contains a bump of Merino, several pounds of each: camel down, mohair, scoured fleeces, gobs and gobs of sparkle, and whatever fiber blends I buy on Etsy. I've also been hoarding bamboo- yum! I love the shelving you all have- I store all of mine in plastic bags and bins.
craftycavy, I LOVE goldenrod- what a pretty fiber blend! Lufah, Dribs and Drabs is a hot yarn!
here's my favorite from this week- "Caliente" made from merino, alpaca, and sparkle.
I've been corespinning a lot lately- and coincidentally, there's a corespun spin-along on the Ravelry Intertwined group. Here's one that I just polished off yesterday called "Ground Control." It was made from half of a summery blue Loop batt plus some random batts that I created (containing merino, alpaca, globs of silver sparkle, soft hemp, etc). There are a few felt balls and random coil puffs in there too.
and here's another corespun yarn named "Bon fire" made from merino, alpaca, bamboo, angelina, some italian sparkle yarn, and spots of candy-striping crochet thread:
Really, when you think about it, the stereotypical notion that old spinsters had tons of cats is really counterintuitive- I mean, I can't do ANYthing with yarn/thread/wool/etc without my little monsters going nuts. One of them tries to stick his head in my spinning wheel (while it's spinning, thank the gods he has whiskers), he also tries attacking my fabric shears (b/c they are shiny), same thing with the sewing machine needle...
Cats + spinsters = recipe for disaster
Lucio (the demon cat in the above picture) is a wool hoarder. He collects the bits that stick to my clothes and stashes them in his bed. I swear, one of these days he's going to steal a spindle too.
Yay! Fiber Friday! Saltwater Taffy looks great, kathleenalice! Very true to its name. And FeralFeminine, what a yummy bunch o' vegan spins! Luxx, I love the texture in the Targhee yarn! I'm so tempted to try targhee fleece... Gah! Everything looks awesome this week. I'm in woolly heaven.
I've been logged out of Craftster for way too long. Here's a few spins from this week: "Boardwalk" is a corespun yarn (crochet thread in the middle) created from half a Loop batt and some wool/vicose roving. I also used a few leftovers from my own batts:
"Sand dune" is approximately sport weight- I think. 200 yards of various blends including merino, flax, sparkle, alpaca, and soy silk.
"Windmill" is a fulled handspun created from a blend of merino and polyfill. This is a light felty yarn spun drastically thick and thin plus bulky.