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« on: April 11, 2008 05:51:06 AM »

Happy Friday everyone!!  It's been a crazy week for me... we bought a house this week..  well, we went into contract and we close at the beginning of june.  We're pretty excited!!  It has a HUGE yard for me to have big dyeing days and have plenty of room to dry yarn outside.  I can have a garden and plant flowers..  I'm just thrilled....    So yea.. not *as much* done this week as I usually have..  but it's really fun yarns that helped me manage my stress while I was waiting for the sellers to give us a counter offer..

SOOOOOOOOO...  My first yarn is from a Loop batt, Sweet Nothings.  It's 100% bamboo, layerd in a sage green,  purple and a purple/grey. 
Lilacs in Bloom
3 oz, 119 yards

The next yarn is from my first instalation of the "terra bella spun party batt of the month" club. It was amazing shades of black, white and grey in silk, bamboo, merino and loads of sparkles, novelty yarn and snippets sparkley ribbon and sequins. 
Black Tie Affair
3.5 oz, 96 yards

The next is also from a TerraBellaSpun batt (treasure Chest)  wool, bamboo, silk and wool neps.. with more sparkle in red gold and a copperish/green.  The colors really remind me of the early autumn sunsets when  there's still some green on the trees and you see flashes of red and gold.. It's spun with a low twist so it's super soft and fluffy.
Autumn Evenings
3 oz, 114 yards

My last yarn is ALSO from renae (terrabellaspun)  Her batts are so much fun.  This one (was called "brown sugar") is a mix of wools as well, with loads of sparkles and then while I was spinning, I added some sheer fabric, shiny satin fabric, lace, eyelet trim and novelity yarns to make this really interesting.
Not so Neutral
3.5 oz, 154 yards

YAY for Friday!!!

My Etsy shop-  Lots of Handspun yarn and Fun Fiber Batts!

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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2008 06:06:28 AM »

Yummy! That first one reminds me of Mardi Gras!  Grin

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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2008 06:47:35 AM »

We still keep getting snow here in Calgary and Spring feels a ways off yet so the March FOTM from Spunky Eclectic was perfect.

4oz Merino in Mud Season; spun as a single; about 330 yards. 

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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2008 06:55:10 AM »

Congrats Jazzturtle. We just bought our house last fall and it's fantastic. Knowing that you can build, paint, change anything you want because it's yours is a good feeling. I'm stoked for you.

I have nothing to share this week. I've been working like a dog so I can go on a vacation in May.

My favs are Lilacs in Bloom and Mud Season. The colours are beautiful.

Subloke - I live in Kimberley, BC and the snow has finally stopped for us so have faith...spring is coming!

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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2008 07:30:03 AM »

I have one yarn this week and only one. Why only one you may ask? Well because it's a 4oz 3 ply dk weight 300 yards which means I had to spin 3 different bobbins of 300 yards of laceweight singles. Which is super tedious and time consuming. Thank god it was merino tencel (which I love to death) from Hanksinthehood on etsy (again just go see her shop the prices will blow you away)
Okay enough blabber, heres the yarn, I have it all knit as a shawlette for my grandmother and once it's done blocking I'll post pics of the fo.


This may be the most even yarn I've ever spun and I love how 3ply looks when knitted.
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2008 08:01:44 AM »

This week was a nice fibery week for me - Sunday was the most recent local spin-off/meet-up, and it was at Steph's (of loop.etsy.com) house. I'm so insanely jealous of her stash/equipment - she has threeee drum carders and a whole wall of giant bins full of fluff. You can read more about it HERE. Here's a pic of the big pat green electric carder (you can see one of the other carders in the background):

My yarns for the week:

Heart of Steel - shiny-smooth bamboo handdyed by me in shades of pinks & greys, gobs of silver sparkle, and silver and pink sequins strung on metallic silver thread.

Busy Bee - wool in wildflower-y colors, with big 'bee' coils. I haven't done coils in ages, and this has totally re-kindled my love for them! I just want to poke and smoosh them everytime I look at this skein.

Nestling - wool, alpaca, bamboo, and sparkle, all wrapped up with a strand of recycled (from a sweater) mohair yarn.

Bundle - mishmosh scrap skein spun from misc bits (wool, bamboo, soysilk, sparkle, fabric, etc) plus a scrap batt from hobbledehoy.etsy.com and some sari silk from Steph.

Mustard Seed - yum! This skein is so rich. Wool, bamboo, sparkle, recycled sari silk, and my own felty baubles.

Grunge Princess - I spun this from vegan batts that I carded from bamboo, lots of ecospun (a fiber made from recycled plastic bottles - it's nice and fluffy when well-carded), organic cotton, and sparkle. I spun in slubs of golden bamboo, shredded fabric and lace, and wrapped everything with a metallic golden thread.

Happy Fiber Friday, everyone!

« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2008 08:17:45 AM »

My contribution for this week (actually last week, but who's counting?):

300+ yards, 100% wool, my mom picked it up as sliver from the farmer's market in her town. 
It is destined to make its way back to her in the form of socks...
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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2008 08:19:38 AM »

Beautiful yarns-I'm drooling (at that electric carder too)!
Congrats on the house Jazzturtle! That's so exciting!

I only have one skein this week, Mermaids. It's my first attempt at something with beads. I don't like how they flop around...any tips on how to stop that, or is it just inevitable? I guess smaller beads would be best?


« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2008 08:22:17 AM »

I only have one skein this week, Mermaids. It's my first attempt at something with beads. I don't like how they flop around...any tips on how to stop that, or is it just inevitable? I guess smaller beads would be best?

I add extra twist before and after the bead to hold it in place.

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« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2008 08:25:56 AM »

This is my second handspun, but it's just a little skein. I used some mystery fiber that came as a bonus with my bigger order from Miss Babs (soysilk and viscose). Looking at her site, I found the same colourway (Cleopatra) on merino batts (21microns), so I think this is it. I don't know the weight, or the yardage, but it's mostly fingering weight.
The most gorgeous colourful singles:

And the not so gorgeous 2-ply:

Plying the way I did mixed the colours in a way that didn't please me much. I definitely want to learn navajo plying now.
I'm starting the soysilk for next week, but I think I won't finish in time.


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