Archive for June, 2009

Yarn Stash, Fiber Stash, Fabric Stash

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

It’s all back in one place again – not divided between the house in WA and the house in MT. While this is a good thing, I am once again overwhelmed by how much stuff I have and am very motivated to use it before I buy more.

Last week, before the move and before I got overwhelmed again I had placed two Etsy orders. The first is from Beesybee Fibers where, in a moment of weakness, I ordered two handpainted braids that I had my eye on for a while. Here is “Purple Trance” and “Eastern Egg Hunting”. Both are 4.1 ounces of a 60% Merino/40% Bamboo blend. I’m really curious to see how I like this blend since I’ve only worked with wool so far.

Purple Trance

Eastern Egg Hunting

My second purchase was from The Wool Peddler (stefknits) for a one pound bag of Wooly Cupcakes. These are leftovers of her handpainted tops. The fiber is mostly wool and wool blends. I’ve found a bit with some sparkle and at least one that has some bamboo. She also sent some superwash in it’s own smaller bag (second photo).

Wooly Cupcakes

Wooly Cupcakes

This mixed lot will enable me to experience some variety in fiber and also to experiment with drafting a handpainted top. I’m really curious to see how the colors play out and how the color can be impacted by how you draft it out. I believe there is some discussion on this topic in the Twisted Sisters Sock book (which I have, but have not read since I started spindling).

Current Ravelry Counts:
– Stashed Yarns = 114
– Total Number of Skeins/Hanks = 241.5
– Total Yards of Yarn = 50,573

These are the numbers I need to reduce in terms of yarn. It doesn’t really account for unspun fiber, but I don’t have much of that anyway (3 pounds off the top of my head). It certainly doesn’t account for fabric either. That would probably be best measured in weight. I know it’s not much of a stash at all compared to many people I know, but it is more than enough for me.

Deep Blue Merino

Monday, June 1st, 2009

My third handspun yarn. It’s actually been finished for over a week; it was dry right before we finished packing to move. I had a much easier time spinning this fine than I had with the Falkland. However, it may have nothing to do with the Falkland and everything to do with getting better at drafting. I’m getting much quicker too. Those are the positives.

The negative is that in learning to spin fine I dropped the spindle a fair number of times. During plying I found some of the places I re-joined weren’t that strong. It’s all part of the learning process though.

Deep Blue Merino

Deep Blue Merino

Deep Blue Merino

Deep Blue Merino

Fiber: 19 Micron Merino from The Artful Ewe
Yarn: about 230 yards of 2 ply, it’s a bit thick and thin, but likely averages out to a heavy worsted weight.
Spindle: Schacht Hi-Lo 1.1 oz
Notes: Practice makes everything easier and quicker. As you can see above I wound one single off with my ball winder and one on a TP roll. I find winding off to be rather tedious so I think I’ll see if a TP roll will fit over my ball winder, then maybe I’d have the best of both worlds. One thing I need to get over is cramming so much on my spindle. I definitely see the change in quality when I push it too far (besides the fact I’m still learning what works in terms of loading the spindle to begin with).

Even though I certainly have more to learn and perfect with regard to wool and 2-plys, I’m starting to think about branching out into other types of fiber and other methods of plying. Might as well be brave, right?

As a side note…did you notice the elk tapestry behind the yarn? My DH and myself (to a lesser extent) have been involved with Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF). DH has volunteered as a committee member for our local banquet for quite a few years and as part of the fund raising effort we have a number (okay, a large number) of RMEF items in our house. The little chest I had the yarn laying on is one and another you saw last week – the belt buckle I was wearing. Here’s a larger photo of it:

RMEF Buckle

This is my favorite buckle out of the 3 or 4 I own. I just like the colors and artistry because it’s different than the typical gold/silver buckles.