Monday, January 26, 2015

Bobbin Full of Thick and Thin

I think there are not many singles that looks as pretty on a bobbin as Thick and Thin yarn. This yarn is also known as slub yarn. I love that it looks like fluffy clouds on my bobbin. It can be used as a single or it can plied. I plan on plying my bobbin. I will spiral ply and make some coils thorough out. The coils look like little beehives but are easier to make. I will either make the yarn into a hat or a cowl.. I cannot decide on that yet.

 
 
 

 

 

 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Finished Venetian Blind with Tailspun border

Well I finished knitting and blocking this and I love it. I wrote about it earlier, the pattern is Venetian Blind from Ravelry. The fiber was my kitchen sink single..( a little of everything spun on the fly) plied with a single spun turquoise merino braid from Quillin Fiber Arts. I used the same color to create a bulky two ply to knit the collar, the increases and for binding off. I spun a tailspun yarn with locks from https://www.etsy.com/shop/MarkreeWoolCraft on etsy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Finished Spinning a variegated merino braid

Last night I chain plied and washed the yarn. Today it dried in the sunshine.

Here are some pictures of the finished product

This shows the concentrations of colors the best. I spun across the braid with no stripping and I chain plied.

 

I like the way this shows the colors. Not the best chain plying but definitely knit worthy yarn!

 

 

 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Spinning a variegated merino braid

When I watch TV I try to do something else at the same time. If I knit while I watch TV I end up messing up my stitches, I don't seem to have as much of a problem with spinning. Spinning is such a tactile craft..I think you could almost do it with your eyes closed. With the lovely braid I just spun you definitely want to look. The color way is called Kaleidoscope, it was dyed by Gritty Knits. I am going to practice my chain plying, sometimes called Navajo Plying. I hope that it will keep the colors together and give me more practice chain plying. When I spun this I tried hard to spin across the braid so that I would have longer sections of color. It seemed especially important with this braid since the color sections in some parts were kind of short. Below is a picture of the braid on the Bobbin. Here is the stock photo of the merino braid since I forgot to take a picture of my braid.

 

 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Venetian Blind Shawl

I have been busy spinning and knitting to make this art shawl. I have not blocked it yet but I love it

 

Picture of texture in better light

 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Grand Champion

Once again a yarn show that needed entries.. This time Heart of NM Fiber Gathering. This yarn won grand champion.

 

 

Blue ribbons at Taos Wool Festival

A friend in one of my spinning groups requested yarn entries in some off the New Mexico yarn competitions. He was training yarn judges. I reluctantly entered. Much to my surprise I won two blue ribbons at the Taos Wool Festival. I have posted photos of these before but here they are again.