Knitting, Yarn/Roving

2015 Yarn & Fiber Colors – Weeks 24 – 28

Aloha!

Summer is in full swing and we’re having beautiful days here in SoCal. I thought I’d start with a photo from our Hawaii trip back in May. This was taken from a corridor window of the hotel where we stayed. The weather was just perfect for a hike around the bay.

IMG_0731

Now, onto colors! Continuing with the Hawaiian theme, here is WAIMEA ROOSTER, inspired by this lovely rooster I saw while up at Waimea Falls.  After a 3/4 mile hike through botanical gardens you end at the falls where there is a bleacher-style seating area. This rooster was stalking a poor lady who was trying to get away from him! I, in turn, stalked him with a camera. I later learned this fella’s name is Waimea Willy.

WAIMEAROOSTER_2015_06

AMERICANA is a self-striping colorway in a muted tones. I have been wanting to knit up samples and bought one of those 9-inch circular needles that some sock knitters rave about and gave it a go. It was really nice being able to knit in the round without switching needles like I do with my circulars. I don’t think I’d switch completely as I really love 2 cirs for socks, but it was fun to try!

AMERICANA_CASHMCN_SS

The original RAINBOW PRIDE colorway was a custom order for last year’s Pride Week. After the 6/26/15 SCOTUS’s ruling, I’ve been dyeing up more of this self-striping yarn ;).  This was my very first self-striping colorway!!

RAINBOWPRIDE_2015_07

Back in May,Hubby and I visited his parents in Ohio about a week before this crabapple tree bloomed. Mom-in-law took this fantastic photo of her tree and sent it to me so I can see how nicely the flowers came out. I thought it was so pretty that I had to try it out in a colorway! This is SUSIE’S CRABAPPLE TREE.

SusiesCrabappleTree_COLLAGE

My most favorite Broadway musical is The Phantom of the Opera (I know, totally cliché, but I did grow up in the 80s . . . ) and the touring group finally made it’s way to Los Angeles this summer. Hubby and I went to a matinee showing at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre and had a great time.

Phantom

I remembered how much I loved ballet, even though I haven’t taken a class for a while. So, I started crocheting up some new bags for the shoppe.  Here are some of the available ballet/pointe shoe bags. The shoes were ones I had ordered years ago and never wore so now they are great props.

This one was knitted with two strands of Highland wool held together.

BALLETBAG_BLUE.GRAY.HIGHLANDWOOL.01

This bag is made with hand-dyed wool for a fun tweed effect.

BALLETBAG_HANDDYEDSPUN_PINK.GREEN.BK.02

This was made with holding 2 strands together, one was a gradient yarn and the other was a solid.

BALLETBAG_BLUEMULTI.01

This one was made with a tweed wool yarn.

BALLETBAG_PINKTWEEDKNIT_01

This was fun to make – so bright! Two strands of Highland wool held together was used for this bag.

BALLETBAG_YEL.ORG.01

Some items still available @ www.AlohaBlu.com. Enjoy!

Advertisements
Knitting, Yarn/Roving

2014 Yarn & Fiber Colors – Weeks 11 to 14

Aloha! Here are the colors for Weeks 11-14!

APPLE PICKING is a hand-dyed, hand spun yarn in superwash merino, then double plied with silk. The dyed silk roving is from Phoenix Fiber Co on Etsy, which I spun into a thin thread for plying.

APPLEPICKING_COLLAGE

LIGURE SUNSET 2 in merino/tencel roving (not pictured), alpaca/merino/silk roving and cashmere/merino/nylon fingering yarn was inspired by a photo I took while in Monterosso, Italy.

LIGURESUNSET2_COLLAGE_2014_03

OLYMPIC SKI TEAMS were inspired by the uniforms I saw during the Winter Olympics. I dyed the wool, ran them through the drum carder and pulled them off as roving. These are available as a set.

AQUA_PEACH_WHITE

KA’ANAPALI BEACH always brings back great memories of my friends’ wedding. This photo was taken while waiting for a spa session for us bridesmaids. These are alpaca/silk yarn and merino/bamboo/nylon roving.

KaanapaliBeach_COLLAGE_2014_03

Tencel is great for blending with wool projects!

TENCEL_COLLECTION

In the area called Days Bay in Wellington, New Zealand we came upon a bus stop painted in bright colors of pinks, yellows and orange and lovingly adorned with hearts. On the bench were two beautiful words: Love Life. These pieces of LOVE SHACK are polwarth/silk roving and sparkle fingering yarn.

LOVESHACK_COLLAGE_2014_03

This is a sample set of rolags I created using Corriedale, Wool, Silk, CVM/Romeldale, Merino & Banana Fiber.

ROLAG_SAMPLER

I hand-dyed the yellow/green/black multi yarn for this ballet bag, then added the black top for contrast.

BALLETBAG_BKYGR_01

Finished up another test pair of FLAG SOCKS: USA, but adjusted the pattern on one sock and found an error as well so I’ll be frogging/re-knitting/re-testing this pair, but here’s what it looked like when I finished.

USA_FLAGSOCKS_5-7finished_needfix

Another pair of BOARDGAME SOCKS in KnitPick’s Stroll Tweed yarn. This one goes to Ms. Chantal.

BOARDGAME_TWEED_01

Speaking of which, Knitpicks just sent out an email introducing the new line of sock yarn called Hawthorne and included my pattern in the email. Super cool!

Screen Shot 2014-04-03 at 11.47.19 AM

More stuff on the shoppe soon! Enjoy!

Knitting, Yarn/Roving

2014 Yarn & Fiber Colors – Weeks 7 to 10

Aloha!

After seeing the vintage-style knit sweaters worn by Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony , I was inspired to knit up some patriotic socks.  This first pair was started the very next morning and was based on a flag pattern I had designed in the summer of 2013, but never got around to testing.  I finished the first sock in a day and the next sock by the following Saturday. These are FLAG SOCKS: USA in US Womens 8-10 | Mens 7-9. I will post these on the shoppe later this spring.

FLAGSOCKS-USA_COLLAGE_FINAL

During the second week of the Olympics, I thought I’d knit up another pair for our fabulous friends to the north! For the top portion, I made the maple leaf a silhouette instead of repeating the flag. When I write up the pattern, the knitter will be able to choose whichever image to the socks (all flag, all silhouette or a combination of both). I’ll post this pair on the shoppe later as well.

FLAGSOCKS_CANADA_FINAL_COLLAGE

The following socks are available on the shoppe. I almost ripped out my test pair of SCI-FI SOCKS because it wasn’t looking like I had envisioned in my mind. Fortunately I was so far along that I decided to just finish the sock and see what it looked like on the mannequin. The stitches stretched out and looked like something from The Matrix movies! From then I was happy with the design and kept going.  I made these green/tan socks . . .

SCI-FI_SOCKS_COLLAGE_GREEN

and made a purple pair too!

SCI-FI_SOCKS_PURPLE_COLLAGE

I posted this pair of ROMAN FORUM SOCKS on the shoppe.

ROMANFORUMSOCKS_PEAPOD.LOCKNESS.02

Here are a few pairs of socks I knitted for 3 wonderful girlfriends who make me laugh every time we meet. ‘DB’ recently got married so I made her a pair with her new last name, ‘SueB’s’ pair has her art company name, and as for CLA’s ‘Reindeer’ socks . . . well, let’s just say what happened in Upper Montclair, New Jersey in the winter of 2006 STAYS in Upper Montclair, New Jersey.

These pairs were completed on Dec 2013, Jan 2014 and Feb 2014 respectively and I was able to present the socks yesterday so I can post them here now!

COVEN_SOCKS

This last pair was completed in Jan 2014 for a bride who will be wearing them later this year in her cowboy boots on her wedding day.

SHANNONBENNETT_WEDDINGSOCKS_04

Now onto colors! These first four colorways are brand new (11 new colorways for 2014 so far)!

APPLE PICKING was inspired by this photo taken by my cousin Laura. I immediately fell in love with the photo and had to re-create it in yarn and wool. The yarns are superwash merino lace weight, sw merino/nylon fingering sock blank and alpaca/merino/silk roving.

ApplePicking_COLLAGE_2014_02

My 5-year old godson, Kai, drew this image on my birthday card last year and I knew I wanted to create a special colorway from it. I had the card on my desk for a few months and finally dyed up KAI’S DRAGON in sw merino fingering yarn and sw merino/nylon roving. Artwork is used with permission of the artist . . . and his mommy.

KAI'SDRAGON_COLLAGE_2014_02

BROKEN SUNSET 2 was an attempt to re-create a broken colorway! I attempted to dye up some cotton yarn but the dyes broke into many different colors. The broken colorway was well received and I was asked to try to do again – this time on purpose – in  polwarth wool roving, sw merino roving  and merino/tencel yarn.  And yes, it was much harder to replicate a ‘happy accident’.

BROKENSUNSET2_COLLAGE2

The background in this collage is a CROTON plant that I took a photo of while on Maui this past December. I loved  the bright magenta and greens and used some hand-dyed wool for the project. I ran the merino/silk wool through the drum carder, layering some wonderful soffsilk (silk waste product) between the solid colors. I pulled the wool off as a continuous piece of roving and made a braid. The soffsilk will add some texture when spinning.

CROTON_COLLAGE_2014_02

And some ‘oldie-but-goodie’ colorways. . . ORANGE HIBISCUS in sparkle lace yarn and merino/bamboo/silk roving was inspired by a hibiscus plant I used to have. It only bloomed an orange flower every few seasons and when it did,  I tried to take as many photos as I could!

ORANGEHIBISCUS_COLLAGE_2014_03

DIAMOND HEAD SUNSET 2 is a variation of the original which was more pastel. This version incorporates the blue/gray sky and a darker gray for contrast. This is merino/silk fingering yarn and polwarth/silk roving.

DIAMONDHEADSUNSET2_COLLAGE-2_2014_02

I dyed up these next two pieces for the shoppe since I was already creating them for a custom order. HONOLULU FIREWORKS is 5oz of merino/tencel roving.

HONOLULUFIREWORKS_MERTEN_R_5OZ_2014_02

SEA DRAGONS is 5.4oz of merino wool roving.

SEADRAGONS_GRAYMER_R_5OZ_COLLAGE

Now for some bags! These first two ballet/pointe shoe bags come from European and South American wool. The pink/green version was crocheted with two strands held together while the rainbow bag was made with a single-ply yarn.

BALLETBAG_PINK-GREEN_01

BALLETBAG_RAINBOW_03

I finally put together a “Dye your own” ballet bag kit. These fun kits include a crocheted ballet bag, printed dyeing instructions and a few packets of kool-aid ‘dye’. Available in Orange/Yellow/Red and Red/Pinks.

ORANGES_Collages

PINKS_Collages

Lastly, I posted a spring-inspired scarf in velvet/silk  in bright lime green!

SCARF_LIMEGREEN_ABSTRACT_01A

Enjoy!

Knitting, Yarn/Roving

2013 Yarn & Fiber Colors – Weeks 37-39

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.

MYFRIEND-COLORCARD_2013_09

The second in this series is called BLESS HIS HEART in polwarth roving and merino/bamboo lace yarn.

BLESSHISHEART_COLORCARD_2013_09

Sue’s artwork can be seen on Etsy @ www.soobeeart.etsy.com, on her site @ www.soobee.com and on Facebook.

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.

PIETAALCOVE_COLORCARD_2013_09

WAILUA FALLS in BFL/silk roving and merino/nylon fingering yarn.

WAILUAFALLS_COLORCARD_2013_09

MORNING AT BILTMORE INN in 50/50 silk/merino fingering yarn and targhee roving.

MORNINGATBILTMOREINN_COLORCARD_2013_08

And wouldn’t want some SWISS CHOCOLATE?? These are merino/tencel roving and baby alpaca/silk lace yarn.

SWISSCHOCOLATE_COLORCARD_2013_09

Some Fall-ish colors in DARK CAMO, merino roving and sw merino/nylon fingering yarn.

DARKCAMO_2013_08

MONSTER MASH in cotton worsted weight yarn.

MONSTERMASH_COTTON_W_02

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.

OURFAVORITEBUCKEYE_MBNF_01

And in cotton worsted weight yarn.

OURFAVORITEBUCKEYE_COTTON_W_03

Keeping with the red theme, this is PELE batt in CVM/Romeldale, Merino/Romney and Peruvian wool.

PELE_BATT_3OZ_02

I also dyed up some small pieces of bamboo roving.

BAMBOO_2013_09

And sparkly FIRESTAR!

FIRESTAR_2013_09

Whew! Now on to the SOCKS!

I presented WAHINE & KANE Socks on this blog before, however they are now available on the shoppe 🙂

KANE-WAHINESOCKS_COLLAGE_2013_09

SQUIGGLE SOCKS were created using merino/bamboo/nylon yarn that I hand-dyed in my ALOHABLU colorway.

SWIGGLESOCKS_ALOHABLU_BLUE_MERBAMNYLON_01

Speaking of dyeing, these are two silk/velvet scarves I hand-dyed in bright fuchsia and lemon yellow.

SCARF_ABSTRACT_FUSCHIA_01

SCARF_BAROQUE_YELLOW_01

I love crocheting ballet bags and thought I’d add a mini bag to go along!

BALLETBAG-IPHONECASE_REGENCY_01

And finally, some spinning projects!

First, I spun up 2oz each in purple and orange of Opulent Fiber’s merino/silk roving for Chantal.

1236547_602206369822921_1763335480_n

Here’s the final yarn. 2-ply lace weight, 696 yards.

DSCN2735

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!

Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 12.26.48 PM

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.

WASHING/SCOURING

Raw white alpaca!

DSCN2788

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.

DSCN2728

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!).

DSCN2790

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.

DSCN2729

DRYING/DRAFTING

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.

DSCN2730

Once dried, I draft again to loosen more VM and get the wool ready for carding.

CARDING/SPINNING

I use my drum carder to create lofty batts to spin up.

DSCN2737

Taking a batt off the drum.

DSCN2738

A batt ready for spinning. On the upper right is my spinning wheel with yarn-in-progress.

DSCN2807

Spinning fingering weight singles.

DSCN2805

Each of these bobbins have 3oz of fingering weight singles, ready for plying.

DSCN2809

2-ply DK weight on my Jumbo bobbin.

DSCN2812

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

DSCN2838

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!

1238136_605125296197695_2084888303_n

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.

CODA_CREDIT_027_V3

Thanks for reading this rather lengthy post! Hope you enjoyed it! ~ christina

Knitting, Yarn/Roving

2013 Yarn & Fiber Colors – Weeks 34-36

Aloha!

This week through 9/15, I’m having a ‘20% off purchases over $15’ sale. Use coupon code: 20OFF @ www.AlohaBlu.com.

Here are the colors for weeks 34- 36.

A new colorway, STAINED GLASS ALTAR, in sparkle lace yarn and merino/silk roving. I took this photo while we were touring Our Lady of Paris, the famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France. It was an overcast November day so it was pretty dark inside. For a quick moment, the sun came through and illuminated this altar just as I was passing. I snapped the photo and now here is the wool & yarn. 🙂

STAINEDGLASSALTAR_COLORCARD_2013_09

We are less than a month away from the opening of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and this colorway – WILDEBEETS – was inspired by the creatures that are part wildebeest, part beet. This is corriedale cross roving and sparkle fingering yarn.

wildebeets_colorcard_2013_08

This is an updated version of NZ SHELL in BFL/silk roving and cashmere/merino/nylon fingering yarn. This inspirational photo was taken while strolling on a beach in Wellington, New Zealand.

nzshell_colorcard_2013_08

Another Cloudy2-inspired colorway: FRUIT COCKATIEL in BFL/silk roving and merino/bamboo lace weight yarn. This fun creature is made up of a pear body, orange slices for feet, pineapple and cherry eyes, a grape nose, and parts of a banana for wings and hair!

fruitcockatiel_colorcard_2013_08

ZION 3 in superwash BFL roving and Falkland British Merino/Tencel lace yarn was inspired by a photo I took years ago while visiting Zion National Park in Utah.

zion3_colorcard-2013_08

MEMORY 2 in merino/tencel roving and a hand knitted sock blank in sparkle fingering yarn was inspired by a fiber friend’s winter memory. If you’re wondering what a sock blank is, I’ll explain. I took a full skein of yarn and cut it in half. Using both strands held together, I knitting a long piece of undyed yarn (kind of resembles a scarf) and dyed that up. The knitter will then unravel from one end and start knitting two socks at the same time from the two strands I held together resulting in two identically patterned socks. Cool, huh? (Nope, the idea is soo not mine!)

MEMORY2_COLORCARD_2013_08

LANIKAI DEEP is a beautiful mercerized cotton worsted weight yarn that reminded me of the deep waters off Lanikai Beach.

LANIKAI_NWPORTMERCOTTON_S_01

LanikaiHike4

BILTMORE SUNFLOWERS batt in targhee/polypay, corriedale cross wool and banana fibers were inspired by well, sunflowers at the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, North Carolina.

il_570xN.489778921_gnrv

BILTMORESUNFLOWERSBATT_02

BiltmoreSunflowers

EVIL STEPMOTHER batt in corriedale cross, silk, merino, peruvian & BFL wool was named for a KnitPicks yarn colorway that I love! I believe they still have that in stock 🙂

EVILSTEPMOTHER_BATT_CORRIEXMERPERUBFL-SILK_1.6oz_01a

These two are my new favorites. Having ‘can’ dyed each color separately, I then drumcarded each colorway and pulled it off as roving. This is TOXIC WATER in polwarth roving.

toxicwater_polwarth_01

And WEATHER WATCHER in 80s count merino roving.

untitledbraid_80smer_01

I dyed up another silk/velvet scarf in blue with a fun paisley pattern.

SCARF_PAISLEY_KFISHBLUE_01

And a few more ballet/pointe crochet bags.

BALLETBAG_CORALPINK-GREENMULTI_01

BALLETBAG_PINKMULTI-NAT_02

BALLETBAG_PINK-BLUE_01

Thanks for stopping by and remember the sale goes through 9/15! Mahalo!

Knitting, Yarn/Roving

2013 Yarn & Fiber Colors – Weeks 32-33

Aloha! Here are the colors for weeks 32-33.

Since I haven’t posted socks for a while, I thought I’d start with those. Here are some newly finished pairs. (I’ll post them on the shoppe at a later date.)

KANE SOCKS in merino/silk.

IMG_7987_medium2

DESIREE DIAMOND SOCKS in merino/bamboo/nylon with glass beads.

IMG_7978_medium2

DESIREE DIAMOND SOCKS in merino/alpaca/nylon with glass beads.

desireediamondsocks_pinkpur_01

SQUARED SOCKS – work in progress. After over a year I finally finished ONE sock and am having serious Second Sock Syndrome. This pattern calls for 2 fingering weight and 1 lace weight yarn and it taxes my brain (I designed the pattern so only have me to blame!).  This pair will be for me so I’m in no rush to complete them.

squaredsocks_collage_2013-08

On to the colors. . .

The first is PACIFIC SEA NETTLE in polwarth wool roving and baby alpaca yarn. The photo was taken of the North Pacific Sea Nettle at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific.

pacificseanettle_2013_08

Next up is FOG in a 64 count merino 2oz mini-batt and superwash merino light-fingering weight yarn (750 yds).  The inspirational photo was taken while cruising through Alaska.

fog_colorcard_2013_07

JOKER batt in merino & peruvian wool, banana fibers.

More ballet/pointe shoe crochet bags

And here are some other fun color projects that I’ve done these past couple of weeks.

First, I FINALLY completed the last bit of Tour de Fleece yarn. This is 6oz of Falkland @ 512 yards of Navajo-plied yarn. Am thinking it’s fingering weight yarn but haven’t checked it yet.

IMG_8211

Here are the other yarn pieces completed for the 2013 TdF season.

DSCN2510

DSCN2520

Secondly, some dyeing and  carding projects . . .

These next two braids were fun to make! I first dyed each color separately, then carded them on my drum carder. Using a 1/4″ diz, I pulled the wool off as thick roving which I was able to braid. Here are the before and after photos.

80’s count merino dyed in gray, blue, bright green (colorway name TBD):

batt_80smer-graynavychartr

Carded & Braided:

untitledbraid_80smer_01

And polwarth wool dyed in black, aqua & bright green (to be called TOXIC WATER):

batt_polwarth-bkaquachart

Carded & Braided:

toxicwater_polwarth_01

And since I was inspired by a friend’s (Susan D) tomato canning, here’s mine. I was playing around with iPhoto, trying to make a collage and did this ‘card’.

CanningSeasonAlohaBlu

Enjoy!

Knitting, Yarn/Roving

2013 Yarn & Fiber Colors – Weeks 29-31

Aloha and Happy August! Here are the colors for weeks 29 – 31, available on the shoppe.

I’ll start with an oldie but a goodie: GLACIER BAY in merino/bamboo/nylon roving, sw merino/nylon batt&bump and merino/silk lace yarn.

GLACIERBAY_MBNR_01

GLACIERBAY_BATTBUMP_01

GLACIERBAY_BFLY_L_01

And the inspirational photo taken in Alaska

GlacierBay_6808

CALICO GHOST TOWN in corriedale cross roving and sw merino/nylon fingering yarn.

CALICOGHOSTTOWN_CORRIEX_05

CALICOGHOSTTOWN_PLAT_F_01

SUNSET SEA ALASKA in mixed BFL/silk roving and sw merino lace yarn

SUNSETSEAALASKA_MIXEDBFLSILK_R_04

SUNSETSEAALASKA_ULTRA_L_01

and the inspirational photo

SUNSETSEA_ALASKA

COOL JEWEL PLAID in black alpaca/silk roving

COOLJEWELPLAID_BLALPSILK_R_03

DARK AVALON in Falkland British merino/nylon fingering yarn

DARKAVALON_FBMPLAT_F_01

WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING batt

WOLFINSHEEPSCLOTHING_BATT-CVM-CORRIE-GLITZ_01

WOLFINSHEEPSCLOTHING_BATT-CVM-CORRIE-GLITZ_03

And a couple more ballet/pointe shoe bags

BALLETBAG_PURPLE-PINK_01

BALLETBAG_DKMAUVE-PURPLE_01

Lastly, I’m working on a couple spinning projects.

The first is a spindle-spun lace yarn that I started a couple weeks ago. The fiber is merino wool in my FOG colorway that I carded on my drum carder then pulled the wool off as a center-pull bump of roving.

The spindle itself has an interesting story. It is a picasso jasper stone flower top spindle from ZebisisDesigns. In the fall of 2010, I was heartbroken when I hesitated to buy this spindle and it was sold on her shoppe to someone else. Instead I purchased another beautiful spindle from her over the Thanksgiving holiday and when my spindle arrived, this was also in the box as a gift! I literally stared at this amazing gift and could not believe my eyes. Apparently the seller gave everyone who ordered from her during that season an extra spindle. Of all the spindles she could have given me, she gave me the ONE that I really wanted! To this day I’m truly amazed at how it has come to pass that I own this amazing work of art.DSCN2612

The second spinning project I’m trying to finish is plying the last bit of wool from Tour de Fleece. It’s 6.2 ounces of Falkland wool that I spun in a laceweight single and am now Navajo-plying. For you crocheters, N-plying is basically looping the single strand as if making a single crochet and twisting the yarn together to form a 3-ply (strand) yarn. N-plying will give you long sections of the same color, and with 6.2 ounce that I’ve just started I’ll probably be done plying in time for next year’s TdF . . .

DSCN2599

Enjoy!