March is already shaping up to be an interesting spinning month. Both my first and second picks for the month are new-to-me fibers. The lovely blue/grey/purple is 4oz of grey masham in “Snow Forts” colorway and the heathered green is 4oz of a 60/40 wool flax blend in “Deep Pine.” Both colorways are by the lovely Amy of Spunky Eclectic. The masham is spinning up like a dream and I am SUPER excited to try out the wool flax blend!
Super excited to start on the edging of my handspun Quill. This is is probably the biggest shawl that I have knit since my from my Fire and Brimstone Laminaria. So far I have knit my way through approximately 4oz of Pheasant handspun on BFL/Silk, 6 oz of Dijon handspun on BFL, and working on 4oz of the lovely alpaca that I received from my dear friend Tina of Peacefully Knitting. The past couple of days have been rather cool so working on my shawl has been a real treat. I already know that it is going to be incredibly cozy as it has been keeping my lap nice and toasty while I work on it. I’ve been hoping that I will be able to share some finished pictures of it next week so be sure to check back! Only two more lacy edges to go …
Just a quick post to share with you the progress of my Carson Sunrise (a.k.a Carson: modifications for 3 colors) for the Fine SAL/Romi KAL. I am only a few rows away from starting the edging and am really loving the color effects that my Firewoman handspun is having with the Dijon BFLhandspun and the lovely orange sock yarn. I’m thinking that a good movie and some knitting on my Carson is in order for this evening!
Tour de Fleece is off to a roaring start. The fur … er, wool … is flying in all directions all across the globe. This is one of my favorite time of year. Spinners dive into their stash and plan their spins weeks (or more) in advance. Big goals are made, some go out the window while others are quickly surpassed. Fibers are decided upon, tossed back on the pile and then picked up again. It is a time of excitement, crazy spinning, inspiring yarns and fiber-licious fun.
Pictured directly above was the goal I had set for TdF2013. I figured 20 oz was a moderate and reasonable goal for me to meet during the Tour. And then my June helping of Spunky Club Fiber arrived and I just HAD to add that in as well and that would take me up to 24oz … Throw in two days of being the “Artist at Work” at Artisans on Main in Montague and I’m over half way through my fiber picks already. How crazy is that!
Yesterday, I was lucky enough to enjoy some spin time with Linda, a talented paper maker who is also a spinner! I was such a treat to be able to kick back with our wheels, let the fiber fly, and talk spinning.
And another happy addition to our band of merry artists yesterday was John. He was such a great sport for putting up with the two of us and our spinning talk and I really enjoyed watching his painting come to life. Surrounded with beautiful art and crafty folk, we all agreed that Artisans on Main is a pretty sweet place to be!
Today’s spinning was back the norm for me … in the kitchen next to my kiddos playing legos. I got started on my 4oz bump of “Sundown” on Superwash Corriedale which I am spinning quite thin (see the picture a the top with the dime). I’m planning to N-ply this gorgeous gradient into a nice fingering weight yarn. I had to take a bit of a break from spinning as I’m getting a blister on the bottom of my big toe from all the treadling (seriously, who would have thought!) but I hope to be back in fighting form again tomorrow.
Happy Tour de Fleece everyone and I hope you all have wonderful fiber adventures!
I can’t believe that it is time to share another month’s spinning already. May really seemed to fly by!
My first spin was 4oz of Polwarth in “The Giving Tree” colorway by Northbound Knitting. It is a beautiful progression in light and dark greens and brown. LOVE! This baby was spun up as an N-plyed fingering weight yarn. I’m thinking that it would really like to be mittens.
My next spin was 4 or my 8oz of BFL in “Dijon” colorway by Spunky Eclectic. This was spun as a fingering weight single and will be paired up with my Pheasant in BFL/Silk for the Fine SAL/ Romi KAL happening in the Spunky Eclectic group on Ravelry. If you’re interested in joining the fun, you can find out more info at the previous link and jump right in! This gal is planning on knitting Carson. It is going to look so yummy in Pheasant & Dijon!
The next was a “just-because-i-can” spin. I had 4oz of really lovely BFL in my stash that I decided to spin as a laceweight single. I’m planning on dying with a semi-solid and eventually knitting it into a fun shawl. I don’t have any specific pattern picked out yet but I know that I REALLY wants to be a pretty lace shawl.
And last but not least is 4oz of really gorgeous fiber that I picked up at Pembroke Farms during the Celebration of Sheep and Wool. I got to practice my long draw and I got a beautiful and light, bouncy, bulky weight 2-ply. It was such a delight to spin! I’m looking forward to my next trip back to the farm so I can pick up more of this delightful fiber.
So May’s spinning total was 16oz, bringing me up to a total of 6.5lbs so far this year. I’m half way to my goal!
I’ve been itching to get started on another handspun shawl and, after looking at dozens of patterns and handspun combos earlier this week, decided that I NEED to knit another daybreak. And this one MUST be knit in Wensleydale.
I chose to use 4oz of “Not So Seaworthy” colorway by Spunky Eclectic and paired it with Rosa’s amazing natural deep brown. I really like how these two yarns play together and Wensleydale is just so dreamy to work with! It is knitting up super fast and I’m looking forward to snuggling up in it on these still-cool spring evenings.
What’s on your needles, hook, spindle or wheel?
Its that time again … time to share the previous month’s handspun booty I can’t believe how quickly the time is flying already! And of course, I enjoyed this months spinning immensely. I’ve finally come to the conclusion that I am completely and hopelessly in love with wool. Each month is always my “new favorite” or a newly found and much loved new-to-me technique.
April was my first time ever spinning for a cabled yarn and can you guess how much I liked it? I loved it! I picked out 4oz of South African Fine in “Day Lily” colorway by Spunky Eclectic and paired it with 4oz of Merino/Mohair/Alpaca in “Good Morning Sunflower” colorway by Belfast Mini Mills. The end result is a wonderfully round and brightly colored yarn that just screams “CABLED COWL!” to me.
My next spin is another of my absolute favorite fibers – Romney. This was the March club shipment from Spunky Eclectic and, during 20 Questions, when it was revealed to be Romney, I did a little happy dance. Long wools are so much fun to spin and they make amazing shawls. I decided that this 4oz bump should be fingering weight singles for exactly that reason … to make a shawl.
My last spin for April was another favorite for me and many other spinners as well. The April club shipment from SE was oatmeal colored BFL overdyed in a rainbow of gorgeous hues. Amy’s inspiration for this colorway was seashells, hence, the name. I chose to spin this fiber as a fingering weight single as well because it NEEDS to be a shawl too.
So, my spinning total for April is 16oz bringing my 2013 total up to 5.5lbs of fiber spun. Trucking right along towards my spinning goal!
And this last picture is just a fun shot from the yarn photo shoot. Apparently, I need a supervisor to oversee all things here and Bugsy was diligently keeping watch as I snapped some pics. He takes his job very seriously!
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend and Happy Fiber Friday!
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!
In this week’s FO Friday post, I’m happy to share with you my finished Pogona!
Pogona is a fun, geometrically shaped shawl by Stephen West, that is perfect for showing off handpainted fiber. I chose to knit this from my handspun Wensleydale in “Scarecrow” colorway by Spunky Eclectic. I love the warm and inviting colors and my friend W. says that the colors and stripey-ness of the shawl remind her of some of the beautiful mushrooms growing in the woods. I only ended up using 6 out of my 8oz of this yarn so I still have another 2oz of this yummy fiber to play with. Yay!
I used the recommended 4.0 mm needles for my Pogona and it yielded a nice sized and beautifully drapey shawl that just begs to be snuggled in. I am gifting this shawl to a fellow spinner with an obsession with longwools (just like me!) and I really hope that she enjoys wrapping up in it.
What’s on your needles? Finish up anything new? I’d love to hear all about it!
Today’s work-in-progress Wednesday post is all about spinning!
February may be the shortest month of the year, but my wheel is getting a pretty good work out. Yesterday, in particular. I’ve been spinning up the lovely fiber from Rosa and Tina and two never before spun fibres from Spunky Eclectic and Northbound Knitting. It is a fun month with what is looking to be lots of really great new yarns to add to my stash. This photo is just a little teaser and I will let you know more in my February Hanspun post a little later on
I’m enjoying the 13 Lbs In 2013 challenge just as much as I did the 12 Lbs in 2012. Some people have asked if I get bored of all the spinning and my answer is always a huge, resounding “Nope!” There are so many different kinds of wool to try and so many amazing indie dyers to tempt me that there is always fresh challenge and inspiration.
Are you working toward any goals in 2013? How are they going? I’d love to hear all about it!