Friday, April 30, 2010

Reskeined yarn. The little dark one started out gray. The light blue is also shown pre- steaming. The roving is 2 oz of suffolk I forgot to take a pre- picture of. It got very fuzzy but didn't felt. Suffolk is reputed to have some superwash characteristics. This one was drip painted and went from dark to llight. However, as it sat all night, the dye spread and it became mostly blue. The teacher said you can leave the saran packs several days before steaming but obviously not if you want it to look as crisp as what you painted.

It has all of a sudden gotten very hot. The S&W tomorrow may be miserable. Hard to buy wool when it's 90.

2 skeins of 3plied Suffolk with 20%nylon. 6 oz sport weight. The first was random painted, the 2nd and 3rd pictures are the front and back of the same skein. Painted stripes lengthwise. These 2 sat all night before being steamed and the dyes blended more. There were no white spots left. This is a medium feeling fiber but it roughened a little with dyeing.

Not pictured cause it's pretty boring is a small skein that started out as gray 3 ply: a small sample baggie of maybe CVM. It was soft and elastic, smooth. Took the dye quite darkly. Turquoise, lime and purple = mostly navy. . The weird thing about this was: it got fuzzy, almost like fleece jacket fabric. Still a light fingering weight but looks spongy and feels rougher than it did.

Back in March, I sent in applications for Sheep & Wool classes. Never heard back. The arrangement was that you would be notified if you got in and get your checks back eventually if not. So I figured no admit. But someone on Ravelry had inquired and found out she got in so I emailed and found that I had 2 classes. 3 days before. Poor system.

Anyhow Longdraw with Maggie Casey was very helpful and I did indeed achieve a better technique. Then Dyeing with Carol Bodin. I stuck to using only 5 colors: yellow, turquoise, magenta, purple and a mix of the yellow and turquoise making lime.

First up a skein of old cheap wool yarn that was given to me years ago. But it was cream colored. And a little BFL top. I tried to make the patterns similar to see how the eventual yarn will match up. These were steamed at my house about 6 hours after being wrapped. And a trip to Wallyworld for a pot. There was no fading, little melding and they both exhausted well. The top blended more and had glowing, peacock colors. The top was somewhat felted but can be pulled out. The yarn was a little reptilian but reskeined looks like Koigu.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

February Yarn

310 yards, about 4 oz, 3 ply. ASU SAL for Jan/Feb. This is fingering weight despite the low yardage. VERY DENSE. I could tolerate socks with it but many wouldn't. Most of the SAL'ers made singles for shawls. I had previously made scarf weight Wensleydale and it was way too hairy for around the neck. A sweater from this would be heavy but almost waterproof. The skein has nap, stroke it one way :soft, the other way : prickles.

320 yards merino/silk , 3 1/4 oz, from Sarastexturecrafts. The roving was all sorts of marbled but the yarn is pretty much orange. Guess all the bits of color added to the final result. Very easy fiber to spin, still have some green. The description said she blends them herself, not Ashland. Anyhow, the yarn is lovely.
Spun in February.

This was a 3 month fiber club from Katrinasworld of wool. Received all at once. Have only spun this Jacob which was a mystery roll. 250 yards of 3 ply, 3 3/8 oz. It is soft enough for men's boot socks or would be good for an outside sweater. This skein is destined for mittens. Spun in February.

"Haunting" the October Fiber Club for Beemiceelf. 450 yards n-ply superwash BFL. There is an almost finished pair of socks.

Enchanted Knoll "Neptune's Lair" and "Vila". 1300 yards , 10 oz, 2 ply. The picture with the bobbins is close in color, the yarn is mostly blue.