Saturday, 1 November 2008

October Round Up

OK were to start.... I will try and keep the babbling to a minimum....

With learning to spin I invariably ended up with the initial thick/thin singles and badly spun yarn and even more badly plied yarn that you don't really want to use.... anyway it was taking up space in my fibre stash box and that coinciding with mum saying she was going to get her shawl out just to pop round her shoulders whilst working in the
conservatory I came up with this; this is Justify by Lynne Vogel...



Now as I'm obviously not as co-ordinated as Lynne to colour co-ordinate all my early spinning attempts in order that I would be able to use them all together at some future date I ended up using colours from similar/related colour families and then I over dyed the whole thing to 'unify' it.... Here's a front and back shot



Now as the dye hadn't exhausted from over dying Justify, I ended up having ago at dying my own superwash fibre (bfl - what else?) that I bought back in June at Woolfest.... I really didn't spend much time on it as I was working at the same time and TBH I didn't anticipate my results to come out that well so didn't want to waste too much time on it... so you can imagine how pleased I was when the fibre came out like this and it was still fluffy and open despite all my attempts at drowning it, heating it, spinning it dry in the washing machine!

I called it 'Halloween' since I did it on the 31st and it's sort of a purpley-blue and green... OK the method of dying and applying colours leaves a lot to be desired but at least I can still use the fibre after without too much effort :o)
Next remember Lush 2 from my last post? well it didn't come out quite as fine as I was hoping for but non the less will probably be sufficient to make myself a pair of socks...


I got 280m out of 100g of 3ply... I really need to get some lessons to brush up on my plying....
I also finished spinning the merino / tencel from my last post too and hopefully will get time to ply this, this weekend.... you will more of this in the coming week...


Anyway in my efforts to get a good sock yarn I decided rather than 'ruin' anymore superwash sock fibre I would use a wool blend to practise spinning even finer singles, so I opted for M*A*S*H from Spunky from my stash. However, I've seen this spun and plied as 2ply and like the effect so rather than Navajo ply it, I again opted to spin it as 3 separate singles and ply them together.... fingers crossed I get a good 3ply with good yardage...


Now to finish a bit of gratuitous fibre porn :o))))
This arrived in the post this morning from The Yarn Yard it's BFL humbug which has been over dyed to give this lovely stripey effect..... I got 2 x 100g braids too.... so I can do something useful with it...


and last but not least this came on Thursday and is called 'Popsicle' form Julie Spins (Etsy) and is superwash merino, I have just the person in mind that this will make lovely sock yarn for....

2 comments:

fleegle said...

I love your little shawl--the colors are really lovely!

Nice spinning too!

Denise said...

I love all your spinning.