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Thursday, August 12, 2010 ~ Posted by | Knitting | | Leave a comment

freshly spun 100% Merino Wool

Just an update from yesterday’s post, A Little Wet Wool, Anyone? I’ve decided that the pattern for my freshly spun yarn will be the Chastain Park Shawl, published in L. Mariana Designs, which is a site online.  Ravelers go here.  I’ve chosen this one because the yardage given falls within my criteria and also the pattern is plain enough to show off the yarn.  Ravelry has just installed a new pattern search that is the BOMB.  Very cool.  Anyone not at Ravelry should go there… NOW.

Not going to start it right away because, 1: I have two shawl/wrap projects going right now.   2:  Want to wait until it’s cooler.

Okay, carry on…..

Saturday, August 7, 2010 ~ Posted by | Crafts, Knitting, Patterns | , | Leave a comment

A Little Wet Wool…. Anyone?

I’ll just say it once.  “It’s been a while”.  I’d like to say that without any apologies, but  I do feel that I’ve let down whatever readership I had.  Key word: h-a-d.  I’m in a hard place right now and a lot of things are overwhelming my brain.  Not that I was disciplined by any means, but I just can’t seem to get out of this haze I’m in most of the time.  I do have my moments of clarity, but they are few and far between.  I’ll be writing more about this particular aspect of my life in our parent blog, Dragonmommie’s World; but for right now, I want to show you all some of the things I’ve been doing in Yarnworld.

The most latest is this blackish/purpily/robin’s-egg bluish stuff that is hanging over my kitchen sink.  I think I’ll name it… NO, I’ve already named it “Dragon Jewels”.  The blue part was spun on a drop spindle and the rest on a spinning wheel my friend, Lisa, let me borrow.  I am really loving the wheel and hope she doesn’t ask for it back any time soon…. hint… hint.  I’m hoping to  get my own wheel sometime in the future, but I’m not holding my breath.  I can’t, really.  Not for months, maybe years, so I’ll just keep it on the back burner of my To Do List.

My freshly washed handspun

Isn’t it beautiful?  I can already feel the bounce coming back into it.  I think that I’ll be able to take it down tomorrow as it seems to be pretty dry.  Now, what the project to be done with this yarn… MY yarn… very exciting.

This was Navajo plyed and there is 295+ yards here.  There is a “+” for the fact that when you wind yarn, you must get extra inches with every wrap because the niddy noddy was measured right on top of the surface of it, 67″ per wrap.  Now, when you wrap the yarn around, the layer gets thicker and thicker and the length between wraps gets longer, not by much, but it’s something.  I’m pretty sure that I’m doing something wrong here because I never heard of anyone having to take those extra inches into consideration.

This is kind of thin-to-thick stuff and I had wanted to showcase it in a shawl.  So, while  not really enough yardage for a shawl, might be perfect for a shawlette.  I specificily plyed this stuff to go from one color to the next, so I’m going to start off with the thinnest part, the blues, into the purples, into the gray/black stuff.  Funny, when it was fluff, it was definitely black, but when spun, it turned into grays and very dark grays and very little actual black.  Ravelry Pattern Search, here I come!

Getting back to my Home Depot niddy noddy.  There is a great post here that gave enough instructions for me to go out and make my own.  However, I had my pvc cut at the store, which was pretty darn convenient….Thanks Home Depot Guy!  I can even go back to have the rest of my pvc pipe to make a different size.  Next will be the two yard size.  The one touch I didn’t think of was getting those caps to close off the ends… oh, and I did not use pvc glue, which I really should.  Still, it was pretty functional without that stuff, and I was able to disassemble the thing to make it really portable as is.

Bottom line is that I love this spinning thing and can see myself giving up the knitting and crocheting to do more of it… well, not altogether, of course.
“Somebody’s” got to knit up the stuff.

DRAGON JEWELS......This pic was taken before washing.

Strand of yarn...

Friday, August 6, 2010 ~ Posted by | Crafts, Spinning | , , , | 5 Comments