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« on: July 30, 2010 05:26:04 AM »

I've been working on this one on and off for what feels like forever so I'm happy to finally be able to show it off! Cheesy

Three different shades of green fibre that I got in a botany lap waste bag from world of wool. I believe that they are all merino. It ended up as 73g and 119m, Navajo plied, approximately DK weight. The colour changes are abrupt as I just switched between the different colours as I was spinning so it should produce distinct stripes when knitted up. I spun it while I was away visiting family so I got to educate a few people about the joys of spinning! Wink

What squishy goodness does everyone else have to show off this week?

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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2010 05:40:54 AM »

Gorgeous yarn!  I love the shades of green in it...can't wait to see more fiber Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2010 07:36:56 AM »

Mmm so pretty. *_*

Sadly nothing from me, it's been a while hasn't it? I'm bringing my wheel with me to visit my Aunt so hopefully I'll have a yarn or two to share in the next two weeks.

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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2010 08:17:18 AM »

Those greens are so pretty!  Question: what are the waste bags from World of Wool?  I've never heard of that before -- is it just kind of a grab bag?

I finally have something to post this week!  Mine is "Peacock."  94 yards hand spun on a homemade CD drop spindle before I bought my wheel.  The very dark blue and green are merino, the rest is corriedale.  I had a sample variety pack of lots of colors of roving from Mielke's, so I held a peacock feather up next to the roving and grabbed all the colors I saw in the feather.  I split them into roughly even sizes and tried to repeat the colors in roughly the same order.  It's been languishing on my spindle forever, because I'd decided I didn't like it at all, but now that it's off the spindle I really do like it!  I think I'll make a rapunzel scarf with it.

« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2010 01:28:24 PM »

nikschaf: Yes, they're basically grab bags with lots of bits and bobs - ends of run on the blending machines, that sort of thing. Great value if you just want to try out bits of different fibres and don't mind about colours.

Mmm, I love the colours of your Peacock yarn! It's amazing how different a yarn can look when you put it into a skein, isn't it? I think it will look fantastic as a rapunzel scarf. Cheesy

« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2010 04:12:30 PM »

Everyone else has amazing handspun, I don't feel my yarn is good enough to post here just yet. So if I shouldn't have, I do apologize. This is my second attempt at spinning. 3 ounces of merino. The pictures don't do the colors justice, I'm really bad at taking pictures, and my brothers cat decided she hated my yarn and kicked the remainder into a huge knot. It's actually blue with silvery greens, reds, and purples. I have started knitting this: http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall08/PATTKSabby.html

It's nice to work with, and since it's my second handspun, I am proud of the fact that it is almost consistently even through out. I hope I can make yarn as pretty as the others posted with more practice. Thanks Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2010 04:51:19 PM »

jrain:  I looked up World of Wool and see it's in the UK -- so shipping to me in the US would probably wipe out the savings.  I do like the idea of a grab bag of different colors though!  Yes, I am happy now that the yarn is in a skein.  It's amazing how yarns really transform in appearance.

LunaWillow -- your yarn is beautiful!  It's much more consistent than mine -- did you see how thick and thin mine is?  It is fun to see your yarn being knitted up.  I've only made one item (a cowl) from my homespun thus far, and it was SO SATISFYING to work with my own yarn.  Great job!!  And I'll bet your brother's cat actually LOVED the yarn and didn't hate it.   Wink
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