Well, here it is the finished 'spun gold' The ounce of locks yielded about 52 yards of worsted weight gold yarn. I am pretty happy with it even though it got less gold like and more '70's shag carpet' as I spun it. It's still all sparkly and that just tickles me to no ends.
I also finished plying my lacewieght and after a reality check with the spinning I realized I was still underplying (a chronic problem for me) and started being more patient with it and in the end I got the results I was hoping for. I am really looking forward to knitting with this yarn, I am thinking I will make something out of Nancy Bush's 'Knitted Lace of Estonia.'
A while back I got this idea for my spinning fiber and I have finally got my crap together and did it! Introducing the Spinable Smoothie! These are 1/2 ounce servings of my hand washed, hand combed, diz pulled Navajo-Churro/Polwarth fleece hand dyed by myself in the wonderful colors provided by the Kool-Aid company. They should be up in my shop soon.
Grape Sheep Special (includes combed mohair too:))
I have been working on some spinning on my Turkish drop spindle that I have finallly named "Dolly" and have finished a sample I got in my Phat Fiber box. This was a wonderful superwash wool from it's a colorful life. It has been an absolute DREAM to spin. I will be buying more from this seller once I have worked through some of the mountain of unspun wool I already have.
I have also been spinning on some roving for the Tour De Fleece. I challenged myself to 4oz of laceweight. I have the singles done, now all that is left is the plying and I should be able to make it with time to spare (assuming the children cooperate).
A few weeks ago I was surfing around on Etsy and came across this:
And since it was only 5 dollars and shipping was free I HAD to have some! So it arrived about a week ago and this is what it looked like all shiny outside, with the surprise free Ravelry pin!
THANK YOU craftypuppylover! I have gotten fiber from her before in my Phat Fiber box and love her colors. I had to card it all up as soon as the children allowed and I started spinning it as soon as I finished my laceweight singles last night. I didn't get to bed until after midnight because I HAD to finish! I'll ply it later today and try to post a pic. This fiber has been so much fun to play with.
I'll probably do something for my dad with it since he has been asking me since the day I got my spinning wheel when I am going to learn to spin gold.
I have also been getting caught up with my fiber notebook. I don't remember where I got the idea to keep a notebook of my spinning (one website or book or another) and I am SOOOO glad I have been doing it. I think it will help immensly with remembering things like "Gee, where did I get that fiber I really wish I could remember now that I want to buy some more" and "how on earth did I draft that?, I love the end result and want to do it again'."
Oh, and I finished knitting a monkey for my unborn nephew that I will need to get boxed up and sent to Chris and Sarah in Ohio. My mom thinks it's creepy. I happen to like it. I added a tail too...I don't know what the designer of the pattern was thinking making a monkey without a tail.
So for now that's what I've been up to for the most part (you know, aside from the torture laundry).