Sunday, September 23, 2007

(A Blog Post in Search of a Title)

What have I got that I can show you this week?

The overview...

Some stuff from Wisconsin Sheep and Wool: Merino from Rainbow Fleece Farms in teal and moss.

Owen chose the teal. I bought the moss with the intention of carding it with some yak down I bought in NH last summer.

I made a small sample of the teal and moss carded together and spun up nice and fine.

I'm eager to get into this for real.

Here's a bit of the batt with mossy merino and yak down. I'm eager to spin that, too.

What I've been doing meanwhile:

I bought a pound of this 80% natural black Shetland/20% dark brown alpaca. I've been spinning the singles a little on the thin side, but not microscopic and making three-ply out of them. I'm pretty pleased with how it's turning out.

So far, two hanks totaling just over 300 yards.

Here's the close up.

This fiber has some of the lanolin left in, which I've been appreciating. However, when I washed the yarn to set the twist, the water turned a dingy brown color. I wonder if the alpaca was kind of dusty? Because though there is some grease still in the fiber, certainly a lot has been removed. It took two washes to clean up nicely.

Additionally, I've been trying to slowly restore our household to something closer to normal from the brink of chaos. We had a yard sale Friday and yesterday and managed to move out a bunch of toys. I'm planning to set up again next weekend, weather permitting, and add some clothes and other stuff to the selection. It's more about cleaning out stuff than making money at this point. I gave the kids the money from the toy sales, figuring it would motivate them to pick out more stuff to sell.


YarnThrower said...

Hmmm... I should probably check out your rummage sale next weekend, because your boys are a little bit older than my your clothes are probably just a little bit bigger than ours? I'm always interested in seeing what you end up making with the fiber you buy! I told dh that a spinning wheel is in my future, but right now it has to be a "distant" future, because I have too many other irons in the fire..... I'm thinking in about ten years..... By then, after reading all of your blog posts, I'll probably know a fair amount about spinning :-)

Bezzie said...

I love the way teal and moss knit up!!! Very nice!

And check out your output there! That's a ton of spinning you've done lately!

Magatha said...

Me too! on the teal and moss together. Fantastic. I love the gray too.

Marji said...

you have turned into a spinning Diva. I'm incredibly impressed.
Hope your submission makes the Knitty cut.

MollyBeees said...

Gorgeous spinning! I love the way it knit up!

dale-harriet said...

Hmmm, all this spinning going on around it contagious? By the way, the Sow's Ear is having Late-Night Knits twice a month now! Can't remember when the next one is; Daughter and I went last Friday and had a good time (how could one not?) I found some yarns that were lying there looking all sultry and seductive (and appealing) but Daughter reminded me it was Yom Kippur and I couldn't spend money. (Whew, that was close!) Of course, it's still there....

Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

You are a good spinner.

ms. pixie riot said...

It all looks gorgeous!

I just managed to spin 4oz of fiber into 300 yards of fingering weight... oh man, that was exciting. Pictures soon.

If I were to make the Manly Mitts in a smaller size, would you recommend taking one repeat out of the chart, or just using a smaller yarn? I can't decide, so I thought I'd ask the expert.