Hey everyone! It looks like this week is off to a great start. I love Fiber Friday.
Lufahsman - that's gorgeous, it looks so soft! It's so dramatic, I love the blue-y spots.
Star - congrats on your alpaca score, that's awesome. And it looks so yummy!
Bixby - your yarns are always beautiful - The colors of this one are so fun!
Snowberrylime - Banana daiquiri is really lovely, and so fluffy and bouncy.
Lubee - I love the crazy stuff you put in your yarns - mmm, cookies.
Gomerriffic - that's an awesome story, welcome her to Fiber Fridays for us!
Alrighty, here's my one yarn I've been working on for two weeks. It's the first time I've tried to spin thinner on my wheel (even though I've had it since Christmas, I've mostly spun thicker, uneven-y yarns for fun) because I decided to try to spin sock yarn. I followed some advice I found online and periodically checked my wpi while spinning the singles and again while plying. Many many firsts for me. But it was worth it because it came out nearly exactly as I'd hoped.
Big Yellow Taxi, superwash merino from Crown Mountain Farms - about 100g, 500m, 15wpi.
I'm so pleased with it, I can't wait to knit some yummy handspun socks!
Hello everyone! It's probably been over two months since I've posted here - I moved to a whole new country and it took a lot longer than I'd thought to get back to normal. I haven't even spun anything yet (I finally put my wheel back together last week) but I do have a few yarns from before I moved - these were packed pretty much straight off the bobbin. One of them had to be packed before I even got a chance to set the twist!
(Sorry, these aren't my best pictures ever. I'm still trying to find the best picture spot in the new house.)
Tangerine - merino, very bulky, 50 grams / 96 meters. This was some scrap chunks that I blended on my handcarders to try them out when I first got them, but I ended up really liking the result!
Wicked Witch Of The West - merino/silk and clumps of black angelina, plied with black and neon green sewing thread. Bulky, 100 grams / 277 meters.
Sheena - handcarded merino and hot pink angelina (from my first proper rolags!), navajo plied. Bulky, 110 grams / 193 meters.
I think I'm stuck in a rut with bulky yarns - my project for this week will be to aim for a sock weight, wish me luck.
I'm so excited to be able to have Fiber Friday fun again - I missed this! The yarns this week are stunning as always. I've been drooling over Crayons In The Snow (great name!) and Mermaids, they're absolutely delicious. And niftyknitter - I had the same feeling when me and my wheel finally clicked. I wanted to jump up and down all over the house, but my family really didn't get it.
Hey people, things look great so far! Knitwit - your yarns are always so creative and unique, it just blows me away. They're all gorgeous, but I LOVE that the beads in the last one actually say something! That's amazing. Darlingbud - your beaded one is so fun and colorful, it makes me happy. Tanza - I'd like to use your dyed alpaca as a pillow, it looks so soft. And Grayling, those are great Kool-Aid colors! I've used it a few times but haven't gotten anything that varied and pretty yet.
I only have one thing to show off, my first rolags made with my new hand carders - I love them so much! I can't wait to spin this stuff:
Pink and black merino with hot pink Angelina sparklies, somewhere over 100g (one already pre-drafted, I couldn't wait):
Hi everyone! I've been missing for a few weeks - I think I lost my spinning mojo for a while. I couldn't think of anything I really felt like doing until my package from Wingham Wool Work arrived and got me all dorky. Anyway, you guys blow me away every week - I absolutely love Polka Dot Bikini and Knitwit's Black with the shells, and Strawberry Patch and Tumblebloom, that's amazing! and ... well, I'd be here all day if I named every gorgeous thing on here! All that and an adorable bunny tail!
Here's what I've been up to for the last few weeks:
Almost Muddy, merino navajo plied, dyed with easter egg dye - I don't have the yardage on this one yet. I had imagined it all bright blues and yellows (kind of like Dandelion, actually) but the colors muddied up a bit. My mom likes it, so at least it'll have use somewhere:
It looks great, mrspinchy, your color is lovely! And shewolf - it sounds like it's going a little better for you now than it was before, or at least I hope so!
Here's the progress pictures I kept promising. I tried to get some of it on me but they were a hideous disaster. I'm in the middle of the waist increases now, I'm just coming up on the 10th buttonhole. Here's the whole thing:
And the increases/decreases:
(The photos of such a light colored yarn make everything look more bumpy than it really is. Also, the neck looks really really small there - it's not as wide as it looks on Ms. Ohmystars, but not as tight as it looks there.)
It still fits perfectly and everything, I'm very very excited! But, since nothing can really go 100% right, it looks like I'm still going to run out of yarn. I'll have to make another order, but I'm waiting until I'm far enough to be able to estimate how much more I'll need. I'm still having fun, though!
Everything is great so far! Welcome to Fiber Fridays, dressedinsun! And hobbledehoy - holy crap, your yarns are gorgeous! I LOVE Oryx and Sock Hop!!
I tried coils for the first time this week and had a really good time with them. I don't have the jumbo flyer for my wheel though, so I had to gently ease most of the coils through so some of them got a little smooshy. I guess if I do them again, I'll have to scale them down a bit or wait until I get the jumbo set-up. The picture isn't great (does anyone else have trouble with taking photos of reds, or have any tips?) but I did my best to get the coils visable.
Big Red Nose (in honor of it being Red Nose Day in the UK today, a big fundraising event), super bulky thick-and-thin, BFL, 111 meters:
I can't wait to see what else you guys have to show off!
Wow, things are looking great so far. I love your crazy pink pom-pom yarn, Knitwit! And darlingbud - that's awesome that you took a dyeing mishap and turned it into something so lovely. Betzi - I'd say your first time plying with your wheel was a major success - on my first try plying, I kept accidentally letting the wheel spin the other direction and I ended up with a tangled up mess.
Alrighty, I don't have a lot this week because I spent all last week sick in bed with a very evil cold. This is a dyeing experiment that started as a failure but worked out great. I discovered by accident that Grape Kool-Aid seperates into yummy blues and purples if you let it bleed for a while (did you guys all know about this?! It's probably not as exciting for you more experienced dyers, but I thought it was magic!), so I forced it to do that. Also, I used silk/wool blend so that the silk would pick up the colors differently, which created big streaks of strong colors against the muted wool colors. The first picture shows the silk streaks best, but the second is closer to the actual colors:
And here's what I spun up this week. Actually, it starts with a very sad story - if you guys remember, I spun some yarn called Clown Pants a while back. I made it into my first knitted project, a yummy scarf that I loved. So of course I lost it only a week later. Sigh. So I decided to spin something super special just for me to make a new scarf that I'm going to sew to my coat so I don't lose this one. So here's Mermaid Wedding, handpainted BFL with sparkles. I spun it really thick and thin and threw in big clumps of sparkle fiber whenever it seemed like a good spot. I've never used anything like that before, it was so much fun to spin! Now I just want to add all kinds of crazy crap to my yarn. It's 100 grams, 199 meters:
The sparkle doesn't show up as much as I'd like in the photos, I'll try to get better ones when the scarf is done.
Happy Fiber Friday everyone! Everything looks great -
Soth - I LOVE the rainbow yarn! I'm a sucker for anything rainbow-y.
Knitwit - yours knock my socks off! Again, with the rainbows, but your striping rainbow yarn is awesome and so clever! Pretty please show us if you make something out of it!
Bixby - your singles are so soft and tasty looking - and I agree with the kitten.
CroBex - those batts are amazing. I wish I could curl up with them and take a nap.
Here's what I've got - I'm sorry there's about to be a thousand photos (I tried taking a group photos but it was a hideous disaster):
The only yarn I spun this week, but it took me forever to get it done - Rise & Shine from Fun With Yarn, merino - 100g, 286 meters, I would guess about worsted weight, I haven't set the twist yet or done the wpi count - my second attempt at navajo plying and it came out pretty well:
And yesterday I had the house to myself and went, um, Kool-Aid Krazy (sorry, I couldn't resist):
Sunset Explosion, Blue Faced Leicester (the reds always look horrible in my photos, it's much nicer in real life with yummy pinks in there as well):
Sea Breeze, Merino:
Mermaids, Blue Faced Leicester:
Carnival, Merino/Silk (using the leftovers from all the different Kool-Aids I'd used on the others):
I also did a little experiment which turned out very cool, or at least I think so, but that's still drying. I'll have to try to get a picture tomorrow. Anyway, I'm very excited that my wheel is free right now so I can finally spin something I dyed all by myself!
Holy crap, everything is so amazing this week! Hmm, I probably say that every week, but this week is crazy, and it's only just started!
Feralfeminine - Wow! and those mitts are awesome! I had the same thought this week - I've started spinning some plain merino for the first time in ages, I've been busy trying loads of new fibers, and I forgot how yummy and bouncy it is, I'm having so much fun spinning it!
Kristiehaynes - your colors are absolutely amazing! I'm a HUGE fan of bright fun colors, each one of those could be my favorite colors ever.
Bixby - your hat is great! I love seeing what people have made from their handspun as much as the yarns themselves.
Ok, here's what I've got this week. After some advice a few weeks ago from Rubysdaughter, here's some silk I finally tried:
Flutterby, Tussah silk from Spunky Eclectic - 50g, 198m
Not quite up to Rubydaughter's amazing silk yarns, but at least I didn't destroy it! It's shinier than it looks in the photo, but it is kind of fuzzy, is that normal for silk? I'm pretty pleased with it anyway.
And this is kind of a random story, but you guys are the only ones who would understand my excitement. My house (well, my parent's house) has been up for sale for just over a year so since I learned to spin, I've not yet been able to try dying my own fiber. The realtor wanted to be able to bring people by with barely any notice, so everything always had to be all perfect and clean. And pretty skeins of yarn drying are fine, but big piles of sheepy wool dripping in the bathroom wasn't possible. Every week I'd be so jealous of the gorgeous stuff you guys have handdyed. But the house finally sold two weeks ago!!! The very first thing I did (seriously, the same day) was order a big bag of fiber and a pile of Kool-Aid. I finally got a chance to try yesterday (using Knitwit's great tutorial, thanks Knitwit!) and here's my first effort:
Watermelon Lemonade, 125g of merino
(The pink is softer in reality, not so neon looking.) This is very, very exciting for me, I had so much fun. And then I get to spin it - I feel like a little kid at Christmas! I'm going to have the house to myself for a couple days next week and I think (if I can wait that long) I'll take over the kitchen and dye my ass off. Woohoo!