Its that time again … time to share last month’s spinning … and I had an adventurous month!
I chose to start off 4oz of buttery soft alpaca that my dear fiber friend Tina gifted to me. This was spun up as a fingering weight single which I think will be absolutely perfect for a shawl. Probably a nice West Knits design
Next up was 4oz of some amazing Wensleydale from Rosa’s herd. This was my first time spinning Wensleydale in carded form and I just loved it! This was spun up as a fingering weight single as well because I though that it would pair up perfectly with the alpaca from Tina. I can’t thank both of you enough for the wonderful fibers!
This bump was another first for me … my first time spinning Cotswold sliver. The feel of the fiber reminds me a bit of Shetland and the colors in this are AMAZING! This was the January offering from Spunky Eclectic Fiber Club and is called “Eye of the Peacock” which I chose to spin as, surprise, surprise, a fingering weight single. This handspun is going to make perfect socks!
And I tried another new fiber this month … Norwegian. I fell completely in love with this fiber. I find it similar to Falkland to spin up and it makes the most delightful singles! This 4oz bump is from Northbound Knitting in the colorway is “Firewoman.” This yarn has been telling me that it wants to be either a cowl or shawl. I guess only time will tell but I how can it not be awesome in these great colors?
Do you guys ever get sick of me telling you how much I love each and every fiber that I spin? I guess that I just really enjoy wool and this fiber was no exception. “Aurora Borealis” was the December club color way on Falkland from Spunky Eclectic. It sat for a whole month in my stash because it was one of those “special” bumps of fiber that I would take out and admire and then gently tuck back to save for another time. I love the blues, green, and purples that blend throughout this colorway and I think that it will make gorgeous fingerless gloves, a cowl, or shawl.
And nope, I never get sick of Falkland. I love how it spins up, especially in the “Reese’s” colorway by Northbound Knitting. This fiber practically BEGGED to be spun up nice and fine and then navajo plied. This, I have secret knitting plans for!
And last, but certainly not least, is 4oz of “Peacock” in mixed BFL by Northbound Knitting. This was another fiber that wanted desperately to be navajo plied. It also told me that it wanted to be pre-drated too. I generally don’t pre-draft my fiber anymore, and almost never with BFL because it drafts so well, but the effect that it makes on the color is hard to pass up sometimes. I like how it stretches out the color changes and gives even more subtle transitions through the colorway. Combine that with navajo plying and I think the effect is quite striking. These two skeins are already designated to the “special” yarn section because they are almost too pretty to knit. Notice that I did say “almost.”
So February really was a productive and adventurous month, with trying new fibers, and fibers in new preparations. My total amount spun was 28oz bringing my 2013 total up to 44oz … just shy of 3 lbs. Not too shabby!
So how are your 2013 crafting goals going? Are you trucking right along or have you revised your goals? I’d love to hear!