Aloha and Happy Fall! I’m excited for my favorite season and the weather has already been cooler here in SoCal.
Lots to post, and I’ll start with colors for weeks 37 – 39. These first 2 are new colorways inspired by my friend and folk artist, Sue Blanchard. Her “Overheard” series is based on comical snippets of overheard conversations which she then re-creates as whimsical pieces of art. The first is called MY FRIEND and I re-created this in 50/50 merino/silk fingering yarn, superwash merino/merino/silk roving and an alpaca/wool/bamboo mini batt.
The second in this series is called BLESS HIS HEART in polwarth roving and merino/bamboo lace yarn.
These next colorways are ‘oldies but goodies’ starting with PIETA ALCOVE in a new base, merino/superwash merino/silk roving, and superwash merino fingering yarn.
WAILUA FALLS in BFL/silk roving and merino/nylon fingering yarn.
And wouldn’t want some SWISS CHOCOLATE?? These are merino/tencel roving and baby alpaca/silk lace yarn.
MONSTER MASH in cotton worsted weight yarn.
Our eldest niece, Alayna, is now a freshman at Ohio State University, so I created OUR FAVORITE BUCKEYE colorway in her honor. This first skein is superwash merino/bamboo/nylon finger yarn.
And in cotton worsted weight yarn.
Keeping with the red theme, this is PELE batt in CVM/Romeldale, Merino/Romney and Peruvian wool.
I also dyed up some small pieces of bamboo roving.
And sparkly FIRESTAR!
Whew! Now on to the SOCKS!
SQUIGGLE SOCKS were created using merino/bamboo/nylon yarn that I hand-dyed in my ALOHABLU colorway.
Speaking of dyeing, these are two silk/velvet scarves I hand-dyed in bright fuchsia and lemon yellow.
I love crocheting ballet bags and thought I’d add a mini bag to go along!
And finally, some spinning projects!
First, I spun up 2oz each in purple and orange of Opulent Fiber’s merino/silk roving for Chantal.
Here’s the final yarn. 2-ply lace weight, 696 yards.
Next, some spindle spinning using a Spindolyn and Russian support spindle. I am in the process of plying the Merino/BFL/Silk with silk thread for a cobweb lace yarn. Will post photos when done!
And finally, I’m working a ‘test’ project to process raw alpaca wool from start to finish for DK weight yarn. Here are some photos of my progress so far.
Raw white alpaca!
I separated the raw wool into two 8oz sections and one 3oz, and washed the first 16 oz. Here the wool is soaking in the right sink and I’m filling up the left sink for the rinse.
This is what the right sink looks like after draining the water out (knitting group ladies asked to see the process so I thought I’d post the good, bad and ugly!).
Next, rinsing in clean water. I repeat the scour/rinse process one more time to get more dirt and debris out. Note: there will still be vegetable matter (VM) in the wool all through the process as it is impossible to get it all out, but I try to get the bigger pieces out as I go along.
After taking the wool out of the rinse, I draft out the wool into smaller pieces so they dry faster and to make sure the wool isn’t felted.
Once dried, I draft again to loosen more VM and get the wool ready for carding.
I use my drum carder to create lofty batts to spin up.
Taking a batt off the drum.
A batt ready for spinning. On the upper right is my spinning wheel with yarn-in-progress.
Spinning fingering weight singles.
Each of these bobbins have 3oz of fingering weight singles, ready for plying.
2-ply DK weight on my Jumbo bobbin.
Here is one skein of spun yarn and the specs:
6oz Alpaca Wool | Prep: Woolen | Spin: Worsted
Spinning Wheel: Ashford Joy | Singles @ 14:1 ratio | Plied @ 8:1 ratio
WPI: 14 | DK weight | 180 yards
Next steps: finish spinning the remaining wool then dyeing them up!
I’ll end with a fun image or two. On 21 September, hubby and I attended the Premiere of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 in Westwood, California. Cloudy2 is the last project I worked on and I’m always nervous when my projects come out just because I’m so proud of the work and hope my crew and viewers like it too.
We had great seats in the theater, right behind Lou Diamond Phillips and his family, and what was I doing to calm my nerves? Knitting socks of course!
And if you do get a chance to see the movie, please look for me at the end. This is the artwork for my ‘card’ credit that I share with our wonderful digital producer, Mandy.
Thanks for reading this rather lengthy post! Hope you enjoyed it! ~ christina