Friday, March 9, 2012

Dusting Off My Spinning Wheel

I've been busy the last 2 weeks spinning up tons of the fiber that I have laying around the house.  Some of these beauties will be heading off to my Etsy store.  Others will remain here with me to either be looked at or used.  I was planning on a lengthy post about my love of spinning, but I decided to just skip to the yummy yarn goodness!
First up is an awesome art yarn.  I had a bag of junk from my drum carder.  In the bag was also some random feathers and boa pieces.   I fluffed up the whole bag and put it into a box next to me.  Then I just grabbed pieces and let it spin up as it wanted to.  I'm crazy about how it turned out.  It's already about 3/4 of the way knit into a small bag.  Stats:  Various wools and about 80 yards.

 Next is 700 yards of SW BFL goodness.  So far BFL is my favorite to spin.  It spins soo nice and evenly.  I plied this with some cashmere and nylon stretchy lace weight recycled yarn.  It's extremely soft and squooshy.  I'm thinking of making some long arm warmers with it.
 This one was spun from my "Earth & Sky" Batt.  It's about 190 yards and I plied it with string and bead with some coils in it.  Mixed wools including bamboo.
 This one is about 50 yards and was just some random junky greens and some funky pieces of dyed corriedale bits.  It's another art yarn.
 This one just makes me swoon.  It's 70/30 Merino Silk.  2 Oz and and 210 yards.  I plied it with some thread and matching beads.  The oblong pinkish purple beads are left over from a necklace my hubby made our oldest daughter years ago.  Her favorite color right now is purple so this is destined to be a scarf for her.
 I wish I remembered more about what this one is.  I know it's Merino and the colors are soooo much prettier in person.  It spun up very lofty and squooshy.  It's alread a shawl.  I still need to block it and take photos of it.  That'll be another post.  It hink it had about 250 yards... maybe more.
 I think this one is my favorite. The deep plum is merino and the blue heathery one is merino / silk.  I spun this so I would have long pulls of plum and then long pulls of the blue/plum.  So, it'll stripe.  It's got 238 yards in just 3 oz!  I think this is my best job so far on even fingering - sports weight yarn.  I'm still needing so much work on making fine yarns.  But, I'm thrilled with this one.
Last but not least is this Merino / Tussah Silk blend two ply.  It's in southwest colors.  Not my favorite, but I'm very happy with my spinning and the finished yarn is extremely soft and very pretty.  4 oz and 225 yards.  I'd say it's a heavy worsted weight.

That's it for now.  I'm off to spin up some thick n thin while the boy sleeps!

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