A Bountiful Bevy

Yes, it has been almost 3 months since a post last appeared here. What have I been up to? Let me tell you! 🙂

First and foremost was school, school, and more school. Now that I am done for the semester I have a few weeks to breathe. Most recently, and most exciting – I finally got my spinning wheel! Here is a photo:

Meet Jean Louise

She is a Schacht Matchless, and her name is Jean Louise. She was born on 11-20-2009 and was the first wheel made that day! She is named after the narrator in my favorite book, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. In the short 3 1/2 weeks I have had her, we have been quite productive, see:

Group Photo

A Bountiful Bevy of Beauty

There is 30 ounces of lovely goodness in that photo! They are shown in order spun, first to most recent. While I still love my spindles, I find I can get more done with my wheel, and that my yarn comes out better.

I leave you with a few photos of my most recent project. I just finished the first 2 ounces of this last night – a lovely Merino / Silk combination that will be a beautiful lace weight yarn when completed.

Iris 1

Merino / Silk in Iris

Iris 2

First 2 Ounces

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TDF 09 Update #2

I guess I have been bad at posting my Tour de Fleece progress. Then again, I wasn’t making much progress, to be honest. I am getting faster with the drop spindle, and I am able to spin for longer periods of time. I am still amazed how fast the last bit of Shetland went, it seemed to just fly out of my hands! A special thanks to Jen, of Contended Butterfly Farm for such well prepared roving. It really was a joy to spin. Give Celebrian extra love from me for donating her lovely fleece. 😀

I hit more great milestones, I finished my first batch of roving (total of 4 ounces), and I plied my first skein of yarn. This skein was navajo plied. It really came out great and I am proud of this one too. It is soft, squishy, and the color is great. It is going to make something lovely for me, that is for sure! The stats on this are:

  • Name: Celebrian
  • Colorway: Moorit
  • 148 yards
  • 56 ounces

Did I mention that I really loved navajo plying?! It is a lot of fun, and was so easy to do on the spindle. I liked that I only had one strand to worry about, and that I had no leftover bits at the end. I will be doing this technique again, and I may even use it on what I started to spin last night at knitting. I will have more on the new stuff Friday. For now, here are some pretty photos. Clicking on any of them will bring you to larger versions on my Flickr page.

Close up on the spindle, after plying.

Close up on the spindle, after plying.

Spaghetti, anyone?!

Spaghetti, anyone?!

The finished skein.

The finished skein.

Mmmm....Detail

Mmmm....Detail

Tour de Fleece ~ Day 9

I am still here and still plugging along. The update for today is of the roving I am spinning up on my Brandywine Woodworking spindle. It is superwash merino in the Night Sky colorway from Actual Size Creations. I really like spinning this stuff too. It is like spinning buttah! I also have an updated photo of my beautiful Garden of Alla shawl that I have been working on. It is really coming along.

 

Spinning Progress

Spinning Progress

Close Up

Close Up

Pretty Alla in the Sun :)

Pretty Alla in the Sun

Tour de Fleece Update

So far, I have been really happy with my progress. It is slow going, but I am plugging along. I really do like how this is coming out, but I am so eager to be done! I decided to leave the nepps in because I like the color they add to the chocolate yarn, and I love the rustic quality they lend as well. I am going to finish this as a 2 ply, so I only have .20 ounces left to spin until I finish the first half of this. It will be 2 ounces of yarn when all is said and done.

Here are some progress photos:

 

Here it is as roving, with the spindle I am spinning it on.

Here it is as roving, with the spindle I am spinning it on.

Here we are, almost half way through!

Here we are, almost half way through!

A lovely close up. :)

A lovely close up. 🙂

I Made Yarn!

Over the weekend, Tina gave me a most beautiful drop spindle to borrow and learn with. I quickly order some lovely shetland roving to use on said drop spindle, from Contented Butterfly Farm. Well, the roving came in today – it is so nice! A pretty natural chocolate color. I took it out of the bag, looked at it, and tucked it back in thinking it might be better to wait until I go to knitting again and have someone help me. I didn’t quite know where to start.

I picked up my trusty laptop and decided to look for videos. I found some really good ones. It didn’t look terribly hard so I got my roving out again and gave it a go. It worked!!! I was making yarn. I am SO excited. 🙂

Without further ado….photos!!!

 

Roving from Contented Butterfly Farm

Roving from Contented Butterfly Farm

Sweet Touch -- This was attached to my receipt. :)

Sweet Touch -- This was attached to my receipt. 🙂

 

The lovely spindle with MY yarn on it!

The lovely spindle with MY yarn on it!

Pretty

Pretty

 

Look at that yarn. :)

Look at that yarn. 🙂

It may not be perfect but I feel like I am getting the feel for it quickly, and more importantly it came from MY hands! 🙂