i've been AWOL from craftster for awhile, so i guess i'd better get back in the game!
i bought this pencil roving when i took a road trip to the mannings with my cousin and inhope. i bought it because i thought it was horribly ugly, and i was interested in how it would spin up. why would they sell something that spins into crappy looking yarn? so i took a chance.
what an improvement! i think that the royal blue sandwiched between that muddy green was what turned me off initially, but i must say, it turned out really nicely.
"desert cactus" unknown fiber 300 yards, sport weight, mostly even (except for when i wasn't paying attention) 4 oz.
i swatched it just now, and it's a teeny tiny swatch so i wouldn't be tempted into starting anything:
size 1 needles, getting about 8 sts/inch. it's still super soft and stretchy. just wonderful! and when you get to the darker or lighter spots, wonderfully subtle stripes will appear. ahh i want to keep it.
but, zeeblebee, fiberangel, and woodlandsprite, i will not have time for it. i would have had my schedule stayed the same as last week, but now i am absolutely swamped. even my (very few) long weekends are totally booked already. i shouldn't have even spent the time swatching just then but i really wanted to.
purlgurl, i think this would make a couple of pairs of socks! nice tall ones, too. imagine it in a pretty lace pattern or something?
thank you thank you to everyone else! it makes me so happy to know that there are people who can really appreciate big lumps of colorful wool
i've been wanting to spin the perfect sock yarn for myself and for sale, so last week i carded together a bunch of leftovers - some merino dyed in pinks, wine, burgundy, black, and a teeny bit of green, merino/silk blend, undyed mohair top, and of course, angelina - to give it a go.
this is the first bobbin, spun very fine. i was thinking to myself, hmm. this seems like it's going to produce some serious yardage. usually when i do plied yarns, the bobbin is half as full. interesting.
i had a feeling that this wasn't going to fit on a regular bobbin, so i plied it on my bulky one. hmmm ... oh my.
so here it is, finished. fingering-sport weight, and just 8 yards shy of 600 yards! holy crap! this beautiful beast took me 4 days to finish (working on and off, of course), and probably about 10-12 hours total.
sorry if it was too many pictures for you. but for me, the more the merrier. i really love the way the batts spun up, and think that i found my perfect blend on the first try. now i have two big questions: 1) should i split the hank into two 300 yard skeins or sell it as is, and 2) should i sell it at all? (i think i'm going to start selling batts so i won't be tempted to spend ALL of my free time spinning them.)
leftover scraps of merino in pinks, burgundies, wine, black, and some green. carded together with white merino/silk, soft natural colored mohair top, and angelina in a few different colors (hard to see). which will later be plied. sigh!
i don't usually like to buy pre-dyed/blended fibers, but i went to the sheep and fiber festival this weekend in hunterdon county, NJ, and couldn't resist purchasing SOMETHING. there was some llama i really had my eye on, and some chocolate brown alpaca that blew my mind with softness. but. both required a little bit of work, and since i just started student teaching a couple of weeks ago, i wanted something incredibly low maintenance so i could play right away.
i'm sure you've come across this stuff before - ashland bay's merino blends? it's all over ebay, and pretty much every large fiber supplier carries at least some of the colors. it's fairly expensive compared to the wholesale prices i'm used to paying (for regular undyed top), but the one color spun up really nicely so i can't wait to start on the other.
3.3 oz turned into about 150 yards of sport-worsted weight yarn. i'm not sure if i want to keep this
oh, this is the other one i haven't started on yet:
i have a little over 13 oz. of this one! the excitement. unfortunately i have to grade some quizzes and go to sleep.
i spun this up a while ago but never got around to posting the picture!
it's still pretty blendy but that's because i got lazy and just started spinning for speed halfway through. i really wanted to get it done because i was so excited. but if you look at the other pictures of it on my flickr, you can see that there are nice big spots of color in some areas.
i'm not all yarn, but i did have a good amount of it (as did my friend who is in the picture), and this is how we displayed our stuff. if you can see the large bins under the tables, that's where we kept the extra stuff to protect it from the elements. those white racks are kitchen dishracks, and the baskets were in the laundry area, both from walmart. the two baskets and two racks were like $25 total, so we did alright! but i think the accessorized wood cutout is a great idea. whatever you do, you want it so that people are going to be able to easily pick up and fondle your yarns without totally throwing your display into disorder. a lot of the hardcore knitters were really tearing the place apart, and if you have them stacked up or awkwardly piled or something, they're going to be rolling and falling all over the place. also make sure they're not near anything where they're going to get snagged or damaged.
to be honest, it probably doesn't matter much how you display the yarn if you're going to have your wheel in action. people are so interested in and mystified by spinning (if they don't do it) that you'll be eye-catching enough!
purlgurl and i were so well paired. i received mine today (after the post office tracking said it was "missent" - they somehow sent it to the wrong place first, even though my address was correct and fully legible on the label) and i'm SO HAPPY!
i am so in love with the one in the middle. if i didn't have the rest of a sock to finish tonight i would totally cast on right now. i don't know what i'd make, but whatever it is would be incredible! thanks, purlgurl!