I may have avoided posting to my blog in the past month or so, but I've been very active on the spinning front.
Firstly, I finished spinning up my first hand-dyed merino top. (From fangrrl Fiber Arts
Because this was my first experience with combed top, I unintentionally spun a Very Dense Yarn. It's 180 yds and 3.6 oz of sport-weight yarn. For those of you who may not work with yarn every day, a 3.6 oz skein of wool sport-weight yarn in a yarn store would run about 300 to 330 yards. Hey, at least this will be warm! I'm planning on making this into a garter-striped triangular shawl with some CVM fiber I have yet to spin. (CVM=California Variegated Mutant... a type of sheep that sounds more like a sci-fi futuristic take-over-the-world vegetable than a sheep.)
I also spun the last ounce of the Piperi blend (Piperi=name of the colorway), spun an ounce of undyed Cheviot, and plied them together:
163 yards of approximately fingering-weight yarn. This is less criminally dense... 2 oz. of machine-made fingering weight usually runs about 200 yards. Actually, I'm pretty proud of the yardage I got with this skein. I have *no clue* what I'm going to make with this. I'm planning on knitting a hat out of the other Piperi I spun & plied against itself. I know I'll have leftovers from that project, so I may find something to knit with the leftovers and this skein. Nothing for next to the skin... Cheviot isn't particularly soft.
In addition to spinning, I have also been acquiring fiber. (Stop that. I see you're judging me. Go look at your own stash of yarn, and then we'll talk.) I bought this hand-dyed braid of combed Pollworth top:
This is an 8 oz. braid, and I'm planning on spinning it in two sections. One I intend to spin as a two-ply, barber-pole style, and the other I intend to chain-ply, in order to keep the color changes distinct. I had originally intended to spin this on one of my spindles, but I may actually wait until I have a wheel and spin this on the wheel instead.
I also bought 4 oz of merino top from Ashland Bay. I love, love, love the colors in this fiber.
Oh, also, a very good friend gave me a batt by Abby Franquemont. It's a deep charcoal color that is hard to photograph, but it is *so* lovely. (50% merino, 30% camel, 20% tencel) I thought I was going to wait several months before spinning this, but I just bought a gorgeous new spindle, so I may be spinning this much sooner. Supposedly spinning good fiber trains your hands, so there's no particular reason to save this beauty for years.
And speaking of my new spindle, here's a picture. It's the one on the left, with the white Romney on it. It's a Lady Barbara by Greensleeves spindles. I can't remember the wood or the weight right off-hand, but she's a beautiful spindle and spins like a dream.
The other spindle is my Barebones, and you can see I've already started to spin up the Ashland Bay merino. That merino will probably end up as a two-ply lace yarn. (Lace as in loosely plyed for use in lace knitting, not necessarily lace-weight thickness. I *may* manage to spin it thin enough to achieve a lace-weight yarn, but I'm not holding my breath.)
Hopefully that was enough entertainment and pretty for the day :) Now maybe I should toddle off and play violin or something.