I'd love to see your current project--what are you spinning right now?
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This is what I'm spinning--BFL fiber in the Frankenstein colorway from Dragonfibers.etsy.com.
--Amy Clarke Moore
I'm working my way through a huge bag of white mohair. I'm eating it, covering my clothes in it and looking forward to an empty bag! I have to hand card it all first so progress is slow. I've nearly filled my second (Majacraft) bobbin so will be able to ply some soon. When it's all spun I want to make squares on my weave-it to make a throwover rug. Don't hold your breath until I'm finished as I am the world's worst at doing other projects along the way. Great to finally be able to "talk" Amy - thanks.
Margaret--that's great! It sounds like my first experiences with mohair (no doubt aided by our dry Colorado climate making the mohair lighter than air--it wants to just fly away!). I know what you mean about don't hold your breath--I'm the same way--it's nice to have projects that you work on for a long time. Kind of like rearing children--you don't want them to grow up too fast--you want to remember those moments.
I just finished several pounds of alpaca from a local ranch here in MT.
I have some blue merino/silk patiently waiting for me. I'll do a cabled ply
When my roving comes back from the Going to the Sun Fiber Mill in Kalispell, MT (http://gttsfibermill.com) , I'll start on my dad's gansey sweater. Its a lovely grey marled lincoln/targhee cross from Cory's Lincoln Longwools, MT (http://www.ttc-cmc.net/~rossfork/index.html). Excellent stock.
In between I'll spin up some bamboo for my mom's knitted prosthetics.
Wow--you have a lot on the wheel! The knitted prosthetics--is it like this? http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/PATTbits.html
A handspun version sounds wonderful--very soft. And what a great use for a small amount of precious yarn.
I've started a charity program knitting the prosthetics for cancer survivors. They cost about $5 to make compared to the $400 for the "serious" ones. Tit-Bits are lighter, more comfortable, and don't float. Our group donates to the local cancer centers and to individuals.
Hmm -- let's see
I carded together some turquoise mohiar, and gold mohair with some beautiful natural brown Border Leicester, (50 % wool, 50% mohair) and am spinning that in a worsted weight to make a Tomten Jacket.
I just did two batches of hot pour dyeing in Red/orange/burgundy, and in Green/Blue/Purple of some superwash wool and have spun up around 12 ounces so far, to use for socks. -- Right Click on to see the image!
I recently finished spinning 2 pounds of a wool/Alpaca mix and 2 pounds of a wool/mohair mix to make Tomten jackets for my sons.
If I'm not spinning, I'm knitting! If I'm not knitting or spinning, I'm working on my next blend of fiber -- like the merino top that I got from Paradise fibers in the Mojave colorway that I am blending with brown corriedale -- to make a yarn that I'll call Cherry Cordial!
What would life be if you couldn't have a room full of fiber, 3 spinning wheels, 3 drop spindles, 2 cats and a dog?
I'm getting ready to start bobbin #2 of some beautiful merino/silk (80/20) blend from AllSpunUp.etsy.com This was for a spin-along and has been a dream to work on. Two ply and hopefully enough yardage to knit a shawl - hopefully the Swallowtail.
Hiya Ladies, I am new here. I am currently toiling on bamboo on the bobbin and adding a touch of angelina. It is chocolate brown and the angelina is copper. It sounds and looks wonderful but I am having a similar problem of it getting EVERYWHERE. I can't wait to finish it. It is just in time out right now. Hey do any of you check out Craftster.org. Fiber Friday is worth looking through (even the archives) for great inspiration. If you haven't seen it- do.
Have a great weekend!
I'm spinning some superwash that I dyed for my niece who is attending Boston University. I'm also plying some superwash that I dyed for my son (in camo colors). I'm going to make socks for them.
I'm spinning some purple wool that I purchased to crochet a throw for my daughter.
Right now I am not spinning. I am preparing and carding an Alpaca blanket. Mary and I will be doing a spinning demos on Sept 27-28 at a local Alpaca farm on National Alpaca Farm Days. Hopefully the owner will be able to have the animal (Dot) the fiber came from last April penned nearby. That would be interesting for the public to see.
Alpaca to yarn, so to speak. Charlie Mac
I have been finishing up some alpaca that I picked up at a retreat this summer, from a company called Alta Mist Alpacas. The color way is called wilderness but its basically camo. My husband wants a pair of hunter's mittens. The ones that are fingerless and have a fold over mitt. I am hoping to finish up those this week and then I want to start on a sweater for me. I usually pick a "big" project to do each winter. This year I have chosen to do the Back home in Vermont sweater that is from the book Natural knitter. I have 3 pounds of a milk chocolate brown Cooridale that I bought at a fiber fair a few years back. I bought so much because I was very new to spinning and I wanted to make sure I would have enough for a sweater. Well I am now 70 pounds smaller and a much better spinner so I will have a bunch of left over yarn. So I will most likely make socks to match and maybe I will over dye some for another project down the road.
Hi. I'm new to spinning and am spinning a blue, purple, green and pink batt that I believe is a blend of jacob and icelandic wool. So far it's been a lot of fun to put the colors together to come up with something fabulous. I am using a short draw.
Hi, I'm spinning a Texel fleece that I've been natural dyeing during the summer. I wanted to try some plants from the Iron Age period in Britain.So lots of madder (peachy reds), weld (yellow) and different barks and herbs. I've spun singles so far and when I have enough hope to weave a shawl. The fleece has a soft lustre and feels quite fluffy, even after simmering away for an hour.