Archive for ‘July, 2007’

Colorful Spinning

Despite chatting on a regular basis, Amy (Spunky Eclectic) and I don’t share our fiber club plans with each other, mainly because we trade subscriptions and don’t want to ruin the surprise. We were strangely in tune with our July club offerings, and now we both have lots of rainbow-y yarn at our disposal. We both chose sturdy wools with lots of crimp and body and happy, bright colors, in combed top form. Even the names are similar.

To spin these, I folded the top in half and pulled it apart there, then split each half into strips as wide as my pinky, and spun those from the end. Half went on one bobbin and half on another, and I plied them together. Easy peasy and my favorite way to spin these spotty tops. I’ve become a very consistent spinner and rarely have more than a couple of inches left on either bobbin after the plying is done. It’s always cause for a little jump and clap in my seat. It’s the little things!

Hello Yarn Lantern Festival:

Hello Yarn Fiber Club July 2007 offering
hand-dyed and handspun Corriedale wool from combed top
*see the fiber*

2 ply worsted weight
4 oz., about 240 yards
Super fluffy! Very rainbow-y.

There’s a lot more where that came from. I’ve got another skein of 160 yards done and as much wool again to spin, bringing me up to about to about 800 yards of worsted. Hmmm!

Spunky Eclectic Celebration:

Spunky Eclectic Fiber Club Selection for July 2007
hand-dyed Shetland wool

2 ply worsted weight
4 oz., about 230 yards
soft, light, fluffy

I’m amassing quite a collection of handspun worsted weight yarns. Whatever will I do? :)


Shop Update Today!

Today at 2 pm EST, I’ll be adding a whole mess o’ stuff to the shop.

I think this is my favorite:

Plunge Fat Sock

I’ve dyed up tons of Fat Sock for all the BSJs and toasty socks you know you want to knit, plus Sock in gentle colors, BFL Sock in Single Color skeins, Single Color Lace Weight Wool in saturated colors, plus lots of Corriedale, Merino, and BFL spinning fibers and kits.

Sarah from Maisy Day Handspun send hand-dyed Merino sock yarn and some handspun, including a glorious fat skein of South African Fine Wool handspun in fruity colors that I want to steal for myself.

As usual, shop here and see it all over at Flickr.

Thanks so much!


Fantom Bluefaced Leicester Handspun

Inspired by the colors of the Fantom Bohus, I dyed up some Bluefaced Leicester wool top awhile ago, and spun like a mad woman this weekend.

hand-dyed and handspun Bluefaced Leicester wool
worsted weight 2 ply
11 oz., nearly 700 yards
Not for sale.

This was dyed in the oven with acid dyes and spun and plied at a ratio of 1:10.5. It’s worsted-spun from commercial combed top that I split lengthwise into thumb-wide strips and spun from the end.

I was able to concentrate on spinning in the evenings because we watched two of the worst movies I’ve ever seen this weekend. Ghost Rider and Into the Blue provided me with multiple reasons to keep my head down with eyes pointed at my spinning! I stayed up way past my bedtime last night in order to finish plying. Shambles thought I was crazy for staying up so late. He didn’t even wait for me to finish brushing my teeth before running and jumping into his bed.

This is “Lantern Festival”, the Hello Yarn Fiber Club’s July offering. Everyone got 5 oz. of this Corriedale top. I wanted to end the first round of the club with a serious punch of color and I’ve been so happy to hear from people who are enjoying it. Thank you!

Cambridge Knitting Group

The Lazy Red-Liners are going to meet at Cambridge Common (the park), near Harvard Square around 6:30 on Monday, 7/23. Bad weather location is Dado Tea at 955 Mass Ave between Harvard and Central.

Everyone is welcome, including folks not in Ravelry yet!

I’ll be there with my half-ripped Bohus sweater (you don’t even want to know and I’d prefer not to think about my rookie error). The location is still up in the air. As the hour grows nearer, I’m sure the location will be hashed out. Give me a shout if you’d like to come and can’t get on Ravelry to see where to go.

ETA: It looks like Dado Tea is it.