A lot of firsts

August 17, 2008 @ 1:39 pm
posted by kris
Filed under: dyeing,spinning

Handspun Bockstark sw merino in
I can’t believe I dyed this!!!
Bockstark sw merino in
The before shot

OK, so the last post I had my first 3ply, and this time it’s my first handspun from my own dyed roving!!! I was SO excited to spin this up that I kinda rushed through it and it’s more thick-and-thin than I would like. I was shooting for a sport weight and most of it is right on, but it’s also thinner in some places. I also had a lot of dye runoff, but after rinsing and rinsing and rinsing, I think I got all of it out and the colors are still saturated.

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The roving was a joy to spin, and I will certainly buy more of this for the next time! I am getting better about having a more relaxed twist so that the yarn is softer and squishier.

As requested by Opal, I am including the roving shot along with the spun up shot. I think it’s nice to have both in the same place.

I am excited to spin some of my other roving up, but I also want to spread it out so that I don’t do it all at once. So for now, I’m working on another All Spun Up merino/silk 3ply (can you tell how much I loved the last one?), and then I will probably do one of the plain merinos – maybe the green/blue one. We’ll see, I always change my mind!

Bockstark Roving 100% superwash
Your Brain has the Shell on it
2ply fingering – sportweight
Approx. 340yds/3.8oz

Comments (18)


Comment by Mette

Made on Sunday, August 17th, 2008 @ 2:11 pm

Wauw – it’s gorgeous!

Comment by Micki

Made on Sunday, August 17th, 2008 @ 2:50 pm

OMG, that’s stunning!! I think you need to take up fiber dyeing more seriously…and start selling it to us. :)

Comment by Monika

Made on Sunday, August 17th, 2008 @ 3:21 pm

I have not seen spun yarn I didn’t like on your blog. It’s so much fun to spin your own dyed fiber, isn’t it?! :o)

Comment by scoutj

Made on Sunday, August 17th, 2008 @ 4:19 pm

So pretty!

Comment by Jenn

Made on Sunday, August 17th, 2008 @ 4:29 pm

How lovely! It’s so neat to see roving go to some yarn.

I have been using my ball winder and swift like a mad person. I can’t believe I didn’t have one before now…

Comment by Stacey

Made on Sunday, August 17th, 2008 @ 5:22 pm

Wow – what a gorgeous roving – and handspun! Nice job!

Comment by ami

Made on Sunday, August 17th, 2008 @ 6:00 pm

I’m very impressed with you dyeing skillz lady! The spinning isn’t half bad either ;)

Comment by Angeluna

Made on Sunday, August 17th, 2008 @ 8:28 pm

OMG, it’s gorgeous. Love the colors and love how they spun up.

Comment by Nell

Made on Sunday, August 17th, 2008 @ 8:49 pm

Gorgeous! How cool that you took it from fleece to yarn. Now you just have to learn to shear and get a sheep farm. HAHA!

Comment by mydogpetey

Made on Sunday, August 17th, 2008 @ 9:26 pm

How exciting!!!

Comment by Sarah

Made on Monday, August 18th, 2008 @ 1:36 am

I still cannot understand how you spin so quickly! I just finished the first third of my CMF, and I’ve been working on it all week!

Comment by Sherie

Made on Monday, August 18th, 2008 @ 3:27 am

Wow, terrific dyeing and spinning. I love this yarn!

Comment by Danielle

Made on Monday, August 18th, 2008 @ 3:35 am

So pretty. You’ve cranking them out :)

Comment by schrodinger

Made on Monday, August 18th, 2008 @ 4:24 am

You’ve certainly found your niche haven’t you? Your spinning has been blowing my mind, I love it!!

Comment by Bobbi

Made on Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 @ 1:55 pm

Beautiful! I can always count on you for a color shot!

Comment by Jennie

Made on Wednesday, August 20th, 2008 @ 9:58 am

Dang girl! Now you dye your own roving. And it’s freaking pretty!! Fantastic work. :)

Comment by Opal

Made on Friday, August 22nd, 2008 @ 4:29 am

Thanks so much for posting the before and after pics! I love seeing the transformation so much. Both are gorgeous, but the yarn is especially beautiful beyond belief.

Comment by loopykd

Made on Tuesday, August 26th, 2008 @ 6:11 pm

Really beautiful!

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What does bockstark mean (pronounced bok-shtark)? My crazy German friend, Matthias, made that word up to mean "really cool" and says that it is catching on in Garmisch. So I am helping him popularize the word! I thought if I ever opened a yarn store, I would call it "Bockstark Yarns". This blog is all about my projects, yarns and crazy ideas related to knitting and other crafts. Contact me at bockstark.knits(at)gmail(dot)com.