Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Merino on the Drop Spindle

Getting around to spinning this Merino 18.5 mic. which I purchased from Wingham Wool Work.

I think it is about 150 grams

First little hank: 26 grams, 66 yarns, grist 1173 yards/lb

Hank 2 now in progress, waiting to be plied and finished.:

It will probably get dyed when it's all done - whenever that may be!


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Blue-green yarn

SO pleased with Ravelry for adding a spinners section so one can ass details of hand spun yarns!! It makes it so much easier to record those details about how the yarn was made - a pretty boring task, a little sting in the tail after the pleasure of completing some hand pun.
Added this one:

I've got the details in my Handspun store on Ravelry :).

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Autumn Fire Kool Aid Batt

My washed fleece, the short made into a batt on my drum carder and dyed with several Kool Aid colors including: Lemon Lime, Grape, Black Cherry, Mandarin, Lemonade.

So, I plan to divine the batt into strips, front to back, and spin a worsted weight with 2 plus. Alternately, if it feels right, I'll spin it and navajo-ply it keeping the colors separate.


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Cat's Paw neck warmer and Green dyed Hank

I have a little Bean Neigh yarn left - it was tripled - I think I had used it like that to knit a head band. I kept putting off unwinding it into three mall ball - but eventually I got around to it but only because I could bring it to our craft groups which alleviated the boredom.

It will become a neck warmer. I wanted to try Elizabeth Lovick's Cat's Paw Scarf . I've had the pattern for a while having got it, I think, at a Ravelry event in England some years ago. It is a simple Shetland pattern with a nice balance between holes and knitted parts. I don't see the cat's paw too well in my version but I like it anyway.

Meanwhile, I'm spinning some fleece into 3 hanks of singles and plan to dye each one differently then ply then together.
The first one is a green mix, a hank (about 300 yards) of hand spun singles dyed green using a mix of yellow and blue dyes

The next hank is to be dyed blue:

The veg steamer is good for holding the yarn down in the dye pot and stop it floating out of the dye.

 And good for straining it when the yarn is taken out

Rinsing out.

The third hank (planned to be a very dark blue) is still on the wheel

Hope to add them all together by weeks end.