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April 29, 2008 @ 5:21 pm
posted by kris
Filed under: gifts,spinning

Bonkers merino/tencel

The finished BFL…delish!

Pigeonroof studios superwash merino in Lettuce

Green gifts from Ingrid!

…that my wheel has been shipped! :) YAY! I cannot wait! I don’t know if they mean it was direct shipped from Poland or shipped from Germany. I’m hoping it’s the latter, because that means I’ll get it tomorrow or the next day. The extras that I ordered will come later though, and that’s fine with me! This means I really need to get the podcast edited before it comes. But the fiber…it calls for me…it whispers my name in my sleep (or lack thereof).

Anyways, since there has been almost zero knitting done, I thought I should show you my latest spinning FO’s. I LOVED spinning merino/tencel, the shine to it was very nice (thanks Linnea)! But while I was setting the twist and whacking it, 2 strands BROKE!!! I was so sad … this skein is so lovely! But it’s ok, no biggie, that means that it is just like Noro (har har!). And the BFL, I think I already told you the trouble with spinning it up, but the finished product feels very very nice (thanks to fbz!). I can’t wait to knit these up but at the same time I want to produce more! Now that I have a pile of handspun, it makes me smile everytime I pass by it!

I am currently spinning up some Pigeonroof Studios superwash merino and my god, it is lovely! I want more more MORE! I basically want more of everything. The only downside to the Pigeonroof is that it has a lot of nepps. But I’ll put up with pretty much anything because it is so nice

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to spin with. It is the most spongey fiber I have spun with so far and I know it will fluff up whenever I set the twist. This roving also has a lot of white in it, so I’ll have to make something other than socks with it. I love the kettle-dyed roving though, so cool and random!!! It’s amazing how a bold little spot on the roving breaks up and turns into a light streak in a small section of the yarn.

I CANNOT get enough of spinning. I am so hooked on it and want to do so much all at once!

I also received a package from Ingrid, my upstream SP8. She is so sweet and has sent me a beautiful green (and oh-so-soft) skein of Posh Yarn Emily. It will be interesting to see how this one knits up as opposed to the Lucia. Both of them are beyond soft!!! She also sent me some green glass beads – what should I do with these? Any suggestions? Thanks so much Ingrid!!!

Comments (5)


Comment by Sarah

Made on Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 @ 10:30 pm

Beautiful spinning, Ms. B! It’s putting me to shame, really. I wish I could get my handspun to look that beautiful. Can I ask what kind of plying you’re doing (as in how many plies)? I really want to get that tight twist, but so far my two plies haven’t really come close. I’m not sure if there’s a technique to it (other than overplying it). I tried Navajo plying for the first time the other night with some leftover singles, and my next bobbin will be plied that way. Maybe eventually I’ll get up enough courage to try a proper three ply!

My fingers are crossed that your wheel comes quickly!

Comment by Stacey

Made on Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 @ 2:58 am

Jeez, more gorgeous spinning – you really have picked this up quickly – great job! Can’t wait to see YOUR new wheel:) yay!

Comment by Christy / Not Hip

Made on Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 @ 3:59 am

I am so impressed with your virtuoso spinning. It is so smooth and even already.

Comment by kelp!

Made on Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 @ 5:40 am

I am utterly in love with the merino/tencel fiber! If the breaks bug you, I can help you find a home for it… :)

Comment by Sarah

Made on Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 @ 7:24 am

I also love your spinning, and you could either create a beaded yarn, or make some awesome stitch markers.

Good Luck!

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