Thursday, January 31, 2008

EZ Norwegian Mittens

Spindled 2 ply merino /tussah from a few years ago. No idea where the fiber came from. A rustic yarn to put it kindly. Followed the pattern except: longer cuff, top made round not pointy. #4 Addi's. These came out to fit a small hand although the gauge was close. The fabric was firm enough for warmth.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The most recent is usually the favorite. REALLY true in this case. 8oz wool roving from . I separated it into thirds and spun each . No rearranging of colors. This happened naturally. 3 ply, 550 yards worsted weight. The ones on the blue background are close for color on my monitor, included the other because they looked neater.

First done was the bluish, watery then the multi with purple and gold. Hmm, very strange. Then the pale grass. No idea what to do with them, but hope to figure it out as they are too beautiful to stay in the bins. Thinking a vest, probably only enough for a front.
This roving was sold as merino but it isnot as soft as the usual. That's good because these have a little toughness that will make a better lasting item. Some day. I love it when weird things happen in the spinning.

Came back to add the individual skein pictures and deleted by accident another. Oh well. Finally got conditions for decent color: overcast with gale force wind.

Review of Fiber Sampler Pack from Susan's Spinning Bunny. I had been looking at these for quite a while and used the occasion of Christmas to buy 2. This one in Blueberry for me and one in Clematis for my friend. Didn't take the fiber out of the plastic for photos cause it would have gotten totally confused. The colors are darker in real life for the Targhee and the Merino/mohair. Each one ounce pack yielded about 60 - 80 yards.
Targhee: 3ply. Maybe due to the dyer, fiber, choice of the piece of roving: this one was dark to the point of muddy. Perfect for the conservative male. Mine like navy, brown, gray and black. This is perfect for them. The fiber was fine, would make good socks, sweater, general sturdy stuff. I would not get it in this colorway, try a lighter one.
Merino/mohair: 3ply. Enjoyable to spin, lovely yarn, my favorite of the group for general use. #2 on maintaining the colors.
Alpaca/merino/silk: 2ply. Spun up fine, The content would indicate sturdiness for sock use but it seems very soft and would make good shawls and scarves. Awesome babywear if you wanted to handwash. Probably work for stranded colorwork in mittens. Muted in this colorway.
Merino/angora/silk: 2ply. Spun up a little uneven due to unblended silk. Not my forte. Again the content indicates good wear but the yarn is VERY soft. It looks like a piller. Hat, maybe scarf for a careful user. Maintained the colors fairly well.
Merino/tencel: 3ply. Vibrant colors in this one, spun easily. Nice strong yarn. Would make very nice sweaters.
The 2 picture: R is merino/mohair. L is alpaca blend.
The 3 picture: top is merino/tencel. R is Targhee, L is merino/angora/silk

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Bowlful of Browns

Three different rovings, all from Fat Cat Knits. Different fibers, all 3ply. It has taken me many tries to get representative pictures of this yarn. And although they are all lovely, it got pretty boring seeing all this brown.

This one is "Lars" BFL, 240yds, 3 1/4 oz. There's another 4oz unspun.

Merino/tencel, 5.75oz, 223yds. Lost or maybe never had the roving picture but it looked very like the previous one.

"Sgt Pepper", Falkland, 1 3/4oz, 113 yds. I was very surprised when this one turned out brown. A little salmon, a tinge of greenish, but brown.

Chevalier Mittens

There is a pair. Saw these on Ravelry and had to have them. This is the second yarn made on my wheel in Feb/07. It was 368 yds 3ply merino/tussah, 8 oz from Winderwood. There is enough left for 2 more pair. Got exact gauge on #3 Crystal Palace bamboo dpn's. Made a nice fabric but I didn't enjoy the thick cabling. This was a perfectly written pattern. Made over 2 weeks.