Saturday, July 3, 2010

Fiber Updates

Hello Everyone! Glad to be back in the blogging world with you! I didn't think I had much to post but on second thought I found a few things that I am working on.
I purchased 5 ounces of mohair roving at the last fiber festival I was in. It was a creamy tan color and I bought it for Mother. But she wanted me to dye it, so Thursday I pulled out my Greener Shades Dyes and all my dyeing equipment and got to work. I completely forgot to take pictures of the process but here are some pics of the finished project.

In real life this is much greener, with only a smattering of blue.

5 ounces of mohair could go pretty far so Mother asked me to spin it up as thin as possible. I am aiming for a lace weight, but we'll see. My spindle is a little less than an ounce so it should work. I will wind the yarn off into smaller skeins to keep the spindle light.

Remember the yarn that I spun up a couple of weeks ago with roving that I had hand painted? Well it was only 362 yards and I needed 8 more yards for the shawl I want to make. I finished spinning up the little bit of roving I had from my four ounces while I was at the fiber fest waiting for customers.

I ended up getting another 193 yards so I am all set to go on my next shawl project!

This picture probably comes closest to the true color of the yarn.

And my rust yarn is now ready to go. But I still need to spin up the rest of my roving, I had 8 oz total. I have a project in mind for this one but that one won't be in the works until late summer at least.

My birthday shawl is progressing beautifully. As a reminder it is the Lillia Hyrna Shawl from the "Knitter's Book of Wool". Well, I say progressing beautifully, but in actuality I am slowed down by rows & rows of lace.

See this section above? The NEVER ENDING LACE!!! I finally have the pattern down enough that I can work on it while watching a video. But I have 26 rows left of chart B and sometimes it seems as if I will never be done. I am pretty particular about when I work on my lace bit, because with that many stitches, (so many I have lost count), I would hate to have to tear back, or even worse, frog the whole thing! I have had a few snarly moments when I didn't have a clue what was going on with my knitting. Knitting left on it's own is bound to get in trouble. Stitches quietly jump off the needles and go for a hike several rows down. Yarn overs decide to get in a tangle. Not to mention sharp objects in your knitting bag grabbing a loop of lace and making a run for it, thereby resulting in a mile long snag. All kinds of other shocking things can occur when you don't keep an eye on your knitting.

I started an experiment last night. Unfortunately I can not give you all the details, but I can show you some shots of the yarn that my experiment is centered around.

It is a bit wild for me, but so far I am liking it. I spun all this up last night and my spinning time seemed to fly by! So I am happy that it is a fast project.

I'll update you all later on how things turn out. It isn't anything top secret, I just don't know if I'll go anywhere with this idea yet (business-wise) so am keeping it quiet for now. All kinds of mystery surrounding that innocent little bit of yarn, eh?

Tomorrow is Independence Day here in the USA! We have plans, which involve fireworks in the evening. :) I quite enjoy fireworks. Not sure what else are day will hold, besides church a.m. & p.m. of course.

So happy 4th of July to all my fellow Americans out there! The rest of you have a wonderful day as well!

1 comment:

  1. Spinning, dying wool, you are so talented. And the shawl is magnificent. You are truly an artist.


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