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« on: April 12, 2013 04:15:30 PM »

Let's start with lots of Rain! The spin along this month is April Showers so here's what I did.

Rain Clouds at Twilight, dyed this one last week and spun it up last weekend. First the roving for reference:

Close up so you can see the "rain drops:

~145 yards, 5.4oz

Then a Thunderhead! Some lady at the fiber guild had some yarn that I guess she was trying to use as warp but it got all messed up and she was going to toss it but decided to bring it to the group to use as a "what not to do" example and I decided to take it home with me. I was totally thinking about the spin along and it looked like a thunderhead to me. I corespun it and while it took up the entire large bobbin I only got about 40 yards.

This was a batt I carded last year that reminded me of the spin along because it was blue and white and brown, like rain and mud! I plied it with a single of some undyed Punta.

And now for something completely different! You haven't seen this one yet because it wasn't spun for the spin a long. It was just some fiber I had that's been staring at me from my hammock for a while and decided to jump at me and demand to be spun! What's funny is that at first it was like "Spin me thick and thin, thick and thin I say!" and then when I started on the second half it was like "NO! Make me thin and pretty. That's all I really want in life!"  so I had to go back and unspin and respin the first part because the damn fiber couldn't make up it's mind! I like it now, though. We've come to understand each other. Not saying only thin things are pretty, I'm OK with some chunks, but this silk/polworth wasn't. Get made at the sheep and worms, not me, y'all, OK?

Other than all of that this week I have also finished a t-shirt quilt, started a tie skirt, fed my children, and my house is not too horrible! Hurrah productivity!

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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2013 07:17:02 PM »

those are all lovely!  i can't wait until i have time to spin again...

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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2013 07:53:51 PM »

I've spent the last two weeks working on my "boyfriend's" yarn. I'm now 4 rolags away from finishing the second of the two yarns I need for his new-and-improved entrelac hat, since he lost the original which didn't fit well to begin with and was knitted from dollar store yarn Tongue It's funky bag o' crap superwash from Sheep Shed.

Jexxican, your Rain turned out AWESOME! Such soothing, yet dynamic colours! It really does evoke spring rain Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2013 05:17:17 PM »

 Love, love love the 'rain & mud puddles!'

Looking good Alexus... the yarn and the spindle.  What is the whorl made of?

I have yet to spin superwash but I've heard terrible things about it

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Navajo plied

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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2013 07:36:50 AM »

Ooh, you guys have been busy this week!!  Jexx, I love that you listen to your fiber.  That last skein is my favorite of yours this week.

Alexus, I'll bet your boyfriend will be glad he lost the first hat.  Very special to get one made from handspun yarn!

MLF, that navajo plied yarn is so pretty.  It turned out more blue than I thought it would from the roving.  I love seeing the roving before it's spun!

I started my April Showers yarn this week, but no photos yet.  I spun it in style;  I brought my wheel into my son's kindergarten class last Monday and demonstrated spinning, and also brought in several yarns/rovings from various animals, along with photos of the animals.  They LOVED it!  I gave them each a little sample of wool to bring home, and they were over the moon about it.  Too cute.
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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2013 08:00:53 AM »

I am in awe of this skill you ladies have!  Someday I'd love to learn it.  Jexxi, your mud and rain is fantastic, and I love the last yarn you posted, the blue & yellow.  Stunning!  I need to pin all your yarn, sign up for the pinterest swap again, and cross my fingers!  Wink  Hubby STILL hasn't fixed my computer... *sigh*... I'm just sneaking in posts at work when I get a chance...  Sad

« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2013 09:02:44 AM »

Alexus, an entrelac hat sounds awesome, and in handspun to boot! Lucky boy. Your yarns look great. I can't wait to see the finished project. You will post it in the handspun to finished thread, right?

MLF, I love seeing the steps all the way from fiber to yarn. That yarn looks luscious. ALL your yarns stun me regularly.

And thanks for all your compliments! I love spinning but I think I will take a break for a couple weeks. Gotta save some to spin at the market, right?

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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2013 12:45:56 PM »

Looking good Alexus... the yarn and the spindle.  What is the whorl made of?

I have yet to spin superwash but I've heard terrible things about it

The whorl is spectrolite, aka black labradorite. Here's the Etsy listing I purchased it through for more yummy photos Cheesy

I haven't had too many problems with the superwash. It sticks to itself a bit when drafting sometimes, especially if I've rolled a rolag too tightly, but the added hardiness of the SW process is worth it for me. Although my boyfriend is usually smart enough to check with me about washing something knitted.

BTW, *drool* Your crockpot dye job is gorgeous!

I wish we had virtual reality internet already so I could smoosh everyone's yarns Tongue

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