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Spinorama

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I’ve just been spinning away. I’m at about .44 miles of finished yarn (meaning, spun and then plied) for this year. If I was counting the singles in that total you’d want to multiply that by 4. That’s a lotta yarn.

Anyway, I thought I’d share it here:

This is a group shot. I’m actually short one yarn in this photo, since I hadn’t completed it by this point. I’ll try and snag a photo of it and add it to the group here soon.

On the far let we have 2 ounces of this:

I actually have another 2 ounces to spin of it. It’s Scatness, the same yarn I was spinning in the video. Very pretty. Like all the ones in the group photo, it is spun short draw and chain plied.

The second one from the left is :

Downtown! It’s a 100% merino blend. Like the other two yarns in the photo, this is part of a set of 1oz braids I bought a long time ago that I got a whim to spin up. It’s about 96 yards.

Third we have:

Metro(74 yards). I think I like Downtown more, mostly because I like the purples.

Fourth is:

Attraction(89.5 yards). The fifth yarn is the pair to this one.

Anyone have good ideas for what to knit with this yarn? Or want to buy the full set?

In personal spinning with PURPOSE! we have the following group shot:

It’s a multi-toned natural bfl that I bought with the intent to make a sweater. The yarn I’m spinning is a DK/aran weight. The singles get spun long draw, and then chain plied. (I have no idea why I’ve become such a huge chain ply fan) I’m quite pleased with how it’s coming out, and I even sampled before I started to spin the oodles of it.

See? A swatch. This was knit on US4s. I’m really pleased with the fabrics texture and eveness, as well as it’s weight. I think it’ll be a great sweater. I’m debating dyeing it or not, but I have yet to make up my mind. Either way I think this will be a great sweater.

I also took a shot of singles next to finished product:

I have no idea why I like those sorts of photos so much, but I do. Just the big “here’s every stage” photos especially appeal to me. I’m at about 205 yards and 4.8 ounces out of 24. Pretty sure I’ll have more than enough. Maybe a Febuary lady sweater for me? Or an adult BSJ? Or maybe some sort of gansy. Oh the possibilities are endless. If I dye the stuff, maybe I’ll make up a fair isle sweater.

I love spinning.

A little spinning will warm you right up

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Or at least that seems to be the underlying motivator that gets me to start spinning again. The issue with this is I don’t have the opposite happen in the heat–I don’t get the urge to clean the pounds of fleece that need it so I’ll have stuff to spin in winter.

Alas, my life is so hard, boo-hoo, ect.

Anyway, that results in this:

I have a little under a pound left to wash of Wilbur from ’09, and then I can finally think about what to do with my very first sheep. Wilbur from ’11 will likely be washed soon, or Santa Anna the Shetland. We’ll see, eh? I’ve got a number to wash, and my hankering for a Fair Isle sweater means I may very well clean a few different colours and dye fiber in 1-2 ounce batches for it.

Progress in spinning continues, with the addition of Red Velvet alpaca:

The first two are true to colour, but the third gives you a close up. This one is a little denser than the fawn, so I’ll need to keep that in mind as I spin the next one (probably the antique white or the plain white).

Here’s a side by side with the fawn:

I also wore something that might not be quite lolita (or punk lolita), but which I feel fit into a casual style lolita-inspired outfit. It also features a skirt I never put up here! It’s made out of that fishy fabric I posted, and I’m really please with how the whole outfit came out.

Isn’t it super cute?

And, in sewing land, I’ve not made much progress, but I have 42 6.5″ chiffon strips cut up and ready for turning into my petticoat, with 225 yards of tulle for attaching at edges of each tier for maximum fluffiness. It will also be super comfy so I don’t have to worry about scratchy tulle. I really should begin hemming all those strips, eh?

It was getting dressed I realized that I really should make more just skirts, because it’s nice wearing a more casual style of lolita, and harder to do with a JSK (or at least it feels that way to me). I mean, that’s nice and all, because I love JSKs exactly because they are easily classed up and made classic/hime (my two favourite styles), but it would be nice to have more skirts for days like today, where i’m just slumming around breakfast and the store with a friend.

What have all of you been up to? Hopefully fun and tasty things!

Food, then Sheep & Wool

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Quick update on the tomato plant, as I just know that I’m going to say next to nothing while I put in all the photos of the sheep and wool festival.

The tomato plants are looking fabulous, and now have a nice cage to grow up against.

They are now 4-5 weeks old, and the rain + sun we get has really got them just a-growin.

Saturday I went to the Iowa sheep and wool festival. Last year, I got lots of things. This year, I only got one thing, but I got 1.5 pounds of it, and I think it’s utterly marvelous.

100% coopworth roving (actual roving, not top) from Hidden Valley Farm & Woolen Mill. Absolutely fantastic stuff. The purple is much deeper and more complex in person. If I hear back from them about a certain fleece, there’s a good chance I’ll also be acquiring that. 🙂

Now, onto the rest of the festival. There was an antique Canadian production wheel:

Lots of wool:

Sheep dog trials:

And sheep:


(this is a shetland i love shetland look how tiny they are eeee)


(this is a longwool leciester, rocking his coat)

I already can’t wait for next year. 🙂

Resolutions

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I’m not usually the resolution type. It’s too easy to set myself up for failure, but this year I’ve thought of a few, and I don’t know why I shouldn’t. It’s worth trying at least, right? These are all fibery related.

1. Knit myself more socks. I always knit socks for others, but by golly, my feet deserve warmth too.

2. Spin one fleece. I’ve been eyeballing my Romney.

3. Spin more often. I may make another KnitMeter, only use it to count the yardage I’ve spun.

4. Aim to knit more than 6 miles (how much more, doesn’t matter, just try and top myself after last year).

Do you have any fibery goals for the new year?

To add to number 3, I’ve started working on the two ounces of Mint Julep I got during a cyber monday sale from By Jesh.

It’s a drum carded batt, 50% merino, 30% Wensleydale, 20% alpaca, and when I saw it, I knew it had to be mine. It’s that perfect blend of greens and golds, and I’m looking forward to spinning it.

Let’s see if I can’t get a solid ply on it.

A Supposed Stash Bust

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Because I brought home a bit more than I took. Ops.

This is the least guilty thing I brought back. The needles were just too cute–and are coated in plastic so I don’t hate touching them–and I’ve always wanted to read one of the Yarn Harlot’s books.

The second least guilty is some beautiful if a bit veggie Jacob fiber–10 ounces, according to the scale I’m not sure I trust.

After that, it sort of descends into madness. Some lovely mohair/wool blend that will make a lovely fuzzy something–good Christmas gift material. 3 balls at 240 yards each.

Four ounces of Green Pastures Border Leiceister in “Purple Passion”. I’m not sure I like the feel of it–it feels a bit felted in places–but I am going to give it a go, because it’s a nice subtle colour.

A pound of half of mint green mystery wool, which I plan on reskeining to see just how much yardage there is. I could see making a pretty cardigan out of it, provided there’s enough.

A pound and twelve ounces of mystery beige. It also needs to be reskeined for counting–I don’t know if I could safely make a cardigan out of it, as it looks to be of different dyelots.

It was a wonderful time, and I’m eternally grateful to EssJay for planning it and putting it on. It made a crummy week a bit brighter, and I appreciate it more than I feel I can really show.

Tour Day 1

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Felicity got off to a rip roaring good start this morning, getting her first spindle done by noon.

Not too much later, she combed up a new batch to work from tomorrow morning while she waits on the syrup to finish cooking.

It wasn’t till evening she managed to get that ply done, though; what a beauty! She seems to be holding on to it; we’ll have to see what she has in store to not be setting the twist at night.

She probably lost a bit of time to trying to figure out Picasa, but she did get a pretty damn good collage out of it.

((As you can see, I got a bit of work done. I’m quite pleased. What isn’t mentioned are these two beauties:


(100 yards, support short draw spun, 2-plied, “Aubergine” from Snokist Girl)


(44 yards, “Santa Anna” ram of Windswept farms, spun from lock, chain plied)

which I finished off since I wanted all three of my favourite spindles free for the Tour. I don’t see a need for Malachite just yet, but Happy Ram and Ivy (the clay whorl) have both been pressed into service already.

I also got a few good clean shots of my spindles. Happy Ram has been featured, but I’m particularly pleased with the set of two shot and Malachite’s.

There will likely be pictures almost every day of the tour, since I need a picture in by the end of each day for random drawing fun. Motivation to work!

Have a great Fourth to all the Stateziens!))

Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival

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This past weekend was the Iowa sheep and wool festival. I was super excited, and (perhaps better) had a tiny bit of money that I could spend at the market they had. I even thought to take my camera, but as the habitual non-picture taker that I am, I ended up only getting two while at the festival.

Here’s what a sheep looks like while getting sheared. It was kind of nifty, but the sheep just kept bleating all sad like.

This is the sheep that was next, and it certainly didn’t want to be!

It was really interesting to see how the fleeces I purchase manage to stay in one piece, and it let me appreciate it a bit more too. The sheep don’t seem to enjoy the process, but then I bet I wouldn’t either if I had to be turned on my head to get a haircut.

Programs were handed out as we entered for parking and paid admission, and they were quite hefty. There were a bunch of classes going on, but I didn’t take any. I also eventually got a Ravelry button since the Des Moines Knitting Guild was handing them out for free.

I got numerous business cards, and I bought stuff from all of these people except two–Hidden Valley had some gorgeous fleeces for sale, and Color by Nature’s studio had something nice but I don’t remember anymore.

The rest I did get something from, and it goes around like so:

Sandy’s Pallete I got a pure wool roving that has a gorgeous dye. A ton of her dyes had very vibrant, beautiful colours, and were very soft. I got this one because it reminds me of a flower (are they irises or petunias?) and has no blue. Her blues are fantastic, I’m just sick of looking at the colour.

From Lone Tree I bought a teeny bit of silk–she had hand-dyed hankies! Since I couldn’t resist, I bought some. I know it won’t make much, but this is why I need to work on my spinning fine. Besides, what if I don’t like spinning it? I have a pound of alpaca from that happening before.

Celestial Designs had a beautiful BFL roving that reminds me of the Korrigan from Gaia’s Colours, but it’s got a touch more warmth floating around in it. I do so lovely that misty morning gray sea dye theme, though. The particular colourway is called Potash.

This last 100% wool roving was my last purchase of fiber. I didn’t have too much, and Snokist Farm Girl had various rovings that were all 4 oz but had different make ups and thicknesses. They were dyed one colour, but the way it’s done really gives it an appealing depth of sorts, making what I’m calling a faux sheen. This is one of the best purples I’ve had pleasure to see. I see this turning into a lovely evening shawl, so I’ve been spinning it ‘semi-supported’ to make the finest yarn I have yet–a true lace weight. No pictures yet, but I’ll certainly try to get some and a short video of the semi-supported spindle spinning.

Before I could start on that roving, though, I had to get the stuff on the malachite spindle off. The Thai Lantern from before was being sample spun some more, and now we have a chain/Navajo plied batch of pretty.

One day last week I taught myself to crochet at lunch. I don’t know how to do much, but I am armed with all the stitches I need to make toys, and that’s all I desire. Now I have Mr. Squiddiddles.

He’s lime green; I think the photo is slightly off.

I’m also working on a pair of socks for the first time in ages, but I’ll save that for another day and heel turn. Take care!