Friday, October 26

Turning leaves handspun

Haven't gotten a lot done this week. I had the crud for a couple of days and didn't feel like doing much. My cats have all been acting up too. It must be the season.

I plyed the rust/green Rambouillet a few days ago. I skeined and washed it yesterday. Look at this beautiful 4.3 oz skein of 902 yards! See how fine it spun up? I thought I had spun up all of this fiber until I found another length of roving last night. I should have over 1,200 yards once I spin up this last bit. The colors in this yarn mirror the colors of the turning leaves on the trees. Usually our trees are naked by now. This year, it's been so warm that while some trees have shed their leaves others are still green. In the past few days some of them have begun to turn red and bright orange. I'm happy and surprised to see all the color. We didn't think we'd get this much fall color this year.

I cast on for another Butterfly Shawl (aka Lion Brand Easy Shawl) recently with some hemp yarn. I bought it from the Dzined booth at Stitches Midwest two years ago. The yarn band is lost though I think there is enough yardage for a decent sized shawl. The yarn is a little rough at the moment but should soften when it's washed. Something to go into the gift basket.

I retrieved my handspun yarn and shawl patterns from a local yarn shop yesterday. No, I won't be teaching a shawl class. I couldn't work out an agreement with the shop owner on prices that was favorable to both of us. I'm disappointed it turned out this way. The owner is a savvy businesswoman. Still, I do need to sell my handspun for more than the fiber cost me. :-) No hard feelings. I will still visit the shop to see what she gets in. I try to support my LYS.

I mailed another package with 5 scarves to Scarves From the Heart this week. I have some more scarf design ideas. I think I've knit enough of them for the moment. I've made some design notes that I'll return to at a later date.

I'm itching to get a new lace project on the needles. The one I'm looking at is a lace stole pattern with beads. I stopped by Hobby Lobby today for beads and a tiny crochet hook. I hope that one of the colors I got will work for this stole. The yarn I want to use is a lace weight from Jojoland I picked up at the Midwest Folk and Fiber Art Festival this summer. This is the finest weight yarn I've ever attempted to knit with. Cross your finger it works out.


Melanie said...

The handspun is gorgeous! The colours in it are just lovely too.

Moonlit Goddess said...

I love the kinda lime greens of your you handspun. Beautiful! I'm sure your Jojoland Stole will be great. I have see you do anything yet that I haven't loved.

Sandy :o)

MUDNYC said...

Vicki that handspun is beautiful! Sorry you couldn't sell your stuff at the LYS, I'm sure it would be snatched up!

crafty nature said...

i wish i knew how to spin. its so neat.