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Posts tagged ‘spinning’

And now it’s snowing here!

After the snow left the blog, it took its own sweet time and arrived here.  Probably 5-6″, maybe more.  What’s one of the only good things about snow?  Snow cream.

Snow cream

It has been all soap, all the time around here. There’s currently a fundraiser going at the local high school, there may be another one coming down the pipe shortly, Ramblin’s work wants to hold one for the employee committee, and I’m doing a craft show at the end of March. Why aren’t I making soap right now?!

And there’s been a bit of knitting. I started a shawl, almost finished it, and started having second thoughts about the color arrangement. So that got put aside, and I started in on the Loopy Academy second semester project.

Full Spectrum beginning

Much better.

And there’s even been spinning!

Merlot Holocene

I didn’t get great pictures of this, but it hasn’t had its bath yet anyway, so maybe the sun will shine by the time I get around to doing that.  It is two plies of Knittyandcolor‘s Not Drinking Merlot and one ply Holocene, all on merino-silk.  That little skein on the left was the leftovers of the Not Drinking Merlot chain-plied.

I guess that’s all the news that’s fit to print.  I’ll try to come back before spring.  Whenever that will be.

Just because all this school stuff is getting boring

viola handspun

viola handspun closeup

 

This is some yarn I finally finished up last night.  How it came to be dyed is an interesting story.  I was dyeing a sock blank for the first time, and I had put waaaaaay too much dye on it.  It was going to turn into a mess if I tried to roll it up for steaming, so I grabbed this bundle of wool, plunked it in for a quick soak, and smooshed it onto the sock blank to mop up the excess dye.  Turned out beautiful.

The original sock blank had a zigzag of neon green going down the middle of the blank with red-purple and blue-purple in the alternating triangles.  The sock blank was a much deeper color that this fiber, but since I put the acid in with the dye, more of the pigment strikes on application, leaving fewer particles in the runoff, hence the lighter shades.

It’s a fingering weight three-ply yarn, about 700 yards.  No idea yet as to what it will become.

TDF update

I finished the Goldfish Wearing a Tutu:

Goldfish Wearing a Tutu finished

More Tutu than Goldfish

And started on the next, a merino/tencel blend (maybe), dyed by yours truly.

Shade Garden

And this is the above fiber in its braid form.

Shade Garden braid

Spun out

So yesterday, I decided to do some spinning.

See, there’s yarn going on.

I finished filling the bobbin last night.  And tonight, I plied.  And plied.  And plied.

And for those of you keeping score at home (and after 1 3/4 years, you really shouldn’t be anymore), that is the fourth skein.

There’s just two items of bad news.  One, I’m not even half done.

(Half would be 500g) The other?

empty-wheel

I have to start all over again.