Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I enjoyed knitting the socks so much that it was hard not to start another pair of socks right away. I really wanted to work on finishing up the sweater that I had started last year. I did manage to get a sleeve done before casting on another pair of socks. :.) Of course there was the question...."do I even have enough hand-spun yarn for another pair of socks?" Then it dawned on me. Not every pair of socks I knit has to be from my very own hand-spun yarn. So out came the few skeins of sock yarn that I bought eons ago....and another pair of socks was born. :.)
Of course that didn't mean the spinning slowed down any. I have been happily spinning away and creating some rather lovely sock yarn for future use. In fact, I just finished plying up some shetland/mohair/soy silk blend yarn that should knit up into a lovely pair of cabled socks. And I still have two balls of shetland/bamboo/soy silk blend singles that have been patiently waiting to be plyed....which will be soon. Then there is the fiber that is waiting to be carded and spun up. I have one blend that I'm excited to do....once I finish carding up the lamb fleece I have slowly been working on. I want to blend my black shetland with my black llama and then toss in a bit of blending nylon. I think it will make a very lovely yarn...possibly even a lovely sock yarn. :.) And I do have the hand-dyed Targhee top going on my one spinning wheel. Not quite sure what that will eventually be used for. Although it, too, would make for some lovely socks. Can you tell that I have a slight case of "sock lust"? :.)
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Here are pictures of my Bits and Pieces quilt. It's a small quilt....maybe 50" x 60" if that. And it is made from leftover bits and pieces from other projects. The front of the quilt is pictured on the left.....the back on the right. Took a bit for the machine quilting to be done though. I tried something new and at one point was actually stuck! So the quilt sat for a couple of days until I could figure out exactly what I wanted to do. Then it sat for another day or so until I got the courage to simply do it. :.) Sometimes it is easier to go back to what you feel comfortable with than it is to continue on with something new. I did learn a lot with this one and will be incorporating some of the new skills I learned in future projects.
Here are pictures of Stryder's lamb fleece (on the left) and the kid mohair (on the right). I really love the way the two look together and can't wait until I can start carding it all up. It is going to be so pretty!!! And definitely one of a kind yarn....at least for me anyway. Especially since I no longer have angora goats. So the resulting yarn will be made into something special.
The last two pictures are of Gracie's fleece. The one on the left is of her lamb fleece after it has gone through the picker. It's is divine looking!! Looks like fluffy clouds. :.) The picture on the right is of her lamb fleece after it has been through the carder.....but before it has been blended with the honey colored soy silk. It, too, is very pretty. And so incredibly soft!! I wasn't going to blend it with the soy silk, but really love the soft honey color that the resulting batt is. Plus the silk adds a little something to it.....just makes it that much more special. :.) I've decided to card all the fiber up first and then start blending it with the soy silk. No particular reason for doing it this way. Just makes me feel like I'm accomplishing something every time I spend a bit of time in the spinning room....that's all. :.)
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Pictured above is the 2008 fleece from my ewe, Carrie (pictured below on the left). It is all carded and ready for spinning. And it's all for me!! Yea!!! I blended it with a bit of soy silk and it came out so incredibly soft and pretty. I have about a pound to play with. Her fleece was small due to the cotting.....and having lambs. She doesn't produce a good fleece when she has lambs. She had twins last year.....which are stunningly beautiful. :.) No lambs for her this year though.....and her fleece is looking amazing!
While I was playing with Gracie's fiber I got to thinking about Stryder's lamb fleece (which I also set aside for myself). Stryder is Gracie's twin and is this beautiful dark moorit color. I know I wanted to do something special with his fleece, but wasn't sure exactly what. Until I got to digging through the little bit of fiber stash I do keep. That's when I discovered a pound and a half of first clipping kid mohair locks. BROWN first clipping kid mohair locks. How perfect would that be blended with Stryder's dark moorit fiber?? So off I go to get my hand cards so I can blend a bit and then finger spin it into a small sample. All I can say is that there was defnitely a reason those kid mohair locks didn't get used before this. The blend is absolutely perfect!! Lovely color, lovely sheen. And it looks like I will end up with close to 3 pounds of this lovely blend when it is finally done. Yea!!! Not quite sure what the finished yarn will be used for. I really don't care at this point. All I know is that I have yet another carding project all figured out....and it's all for me. :.) Now if I could only figure out what to do with the last of my lamb fleeces.......