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« on: May 31, 2013 12:59:14 PM »

Hello and Happy Friday!!

We had a fortunate break in the rainy weather we've had lately which allowed me to set the twist on my April Shower yarn for the spin-a-long.  (I know it's no longer April.  We'll pretend it is.)

My yarn is a wool and mohair blend from Sheep Shed.  I dyed it with Wilton's in a low-water immersion.  It varies from sport weight to almost worsted weight and is 178 yards.  I plied it with blue sewing thread which I'd threaded with irridescent sequins to represent the raindrops.  Does anyone know how to really capture sparkles in yarns?  No photos of sparkly yarns ever seem to do them justice. 

Anyone else have a yarn this week?
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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2013 01:29:15 PM »

« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2013 02:13:35 PM »

So I've finally finished this one, been working on it all school year (when I could). It's a merino/cashmere/nylon blend, around 400 yards (at least that's what I have written down  Tongue ).
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2013 02:46:47 PM »

Nik, that is so great! The sequins is a great addition, I totally see that being rain. And I think it's great you were still going along with the Monthly theme, at least by heart. That's what counts, right?
Jessy_Wa, that is gorgeous. It looks very tactile.
Here's what I got. I spun up some Punta, wound it onto my 2 yard niddy noddy, tossed it into a big pan, and just dumped some yellow and orange Easter dye on it. I think it will make nice stripes worked up. I wanted it to be orange yellow green but, well, another project ate my green dye. It was more spun just for the sake of spinning than anything.
~305 yards, 11.8oz

And this stuff was just some batts I made playing with a carder at my friends house.
~95 yards, 2.8oz

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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2013 04:38:55 PM »

Great yarns!
Nik, that absolutely looks like spring showers! I can't believe it's almost June.....
Jessy_wa, that looks absolutely beautiful. Love how brilliantly white it is.
Jexxican,love the colors. Hope you work it up so we can see it!  And the second ones lovely squishy.
I've been working on my homework. Just tiny skeins. Maybe I'll pull them all out and snap a picture of my hard work Wink

You guys should check out the spinning d&q.  There's a thread about this years TdF!

« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2013 08:48:27 AM »

Thanks!  The sequins were a little tricky to spin, because they kind of wanted to stick together and getting a good rhythm with the plying was hard that way, but I was bound and determined to get them in there, because I knew I had to have my raindrops in there!!

Jessy_Wa -- very nice yarn!  You have a good amount of it, too!  Any idea what you'll make with it?  Did you spin on a wheel or a spindle?

Jexx -- Is your first yarn chain-plyed?  Looks great!  I love the texture of the 2nd one.
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2013 11:12:42 AM »

I LOVE Fibre Friday! So drool-worthy! Sequins, fluffy bits, dye jobs, I love it all!

Knowing me, I won't post for another month, so here's what I've been working on in all it's WIP glory:

My first laceweight singles from a mohair blend that was hiding in my Sheep Shed funky bag o' crap. I'd like to knit it into this, and more specifically, this. The salmon was dyed with beet juice leftover from pickled beets, and the bluish-green is Tintex kelly green. I have to go through the tedium of unspinning the green a bit, as it won't unkink during winding, urg... Still have more green to spin as well, but I got distracted by the second project...

My first big cop! This fibre is from a lovely lady on Ravelry who organized a swap. It's mostly cormo with some pink and purple polwarth and a smidgeon of yellow bamboo. I'm very proud of my consistency and the fact that there's 3.35 oz on a 1.25 oz spindle. I have it in an Andean bracelet in my shmancy new "plying box," ready to be wound onto a tennis ball for plying, though I'm considering plying straight out of the box.

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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2013 02:33:53 PM »

Lovely work, Alexus!!

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