My fiber stash has grown quite a bit lately. Much of the fiber I brought back from Rhinebeck has been spun, to varying degrees of success, and I've acquiring a bit more fiber for 'testing'.
Anne's new shop has been fun to
drool look through and I just joined her Exotic Fiber Club. She still has few places left, but you'd best hurry over and let her know if you're interested. I am very lucky to have met Blogless Nicole and she knows how much I love Anne's fabulous bunny crack. She bought this breathtaking (and yes, it do smell good) fiber as a birthday gift and Anne delivered it into my hot little hands on Tuesday. It's Cormo/Alpaca/Bunny (not just any bunny, but Newman!) and it is just my color! In fact this gray/blue is about the color of my eyes (bat, bat).
When Susan posted about her newly (and beautifully) spun skein of Shetland, Anne saw my comment that I had never spun with that type of wool. She is a very astute grrl and, on Tuesday, she handed me a bag full of Shetland just for my spinning pleasure. It's wonderful to have
pushers friends who enable encourage exploration and discovery of new fiber. Thank you Anne and Nicole!
The selection of the month came from Amy’s Spunky Club and it's such a happy spring colorway...(Dandy Lion, is that not perfect?). I've already started spinning it as it makes me smile just to see the colors blend. I just ordered two more bobbins for my Lendrum, as one must always be prepared for more spinning, (right!).
Tan posted about this wonderful fiber and I was swept right up into her Vortex (with her help, thanks grrlfriend). This is Crosspatch Creations Black Hills Gold and The Spinning Shepherdess from Bellwether Fiber. Their service is fabulous and the fiber batts are going to be great fun to spin. So far my favorite fibers to spin have had a bit of texture to them, but that might be because of my 'new spinner' status and their forgiving nature. Both of these batts are crying to be spun, but I need to be strong and leave them be for the time being.
Spinning Spider Jenny has a post on Navajo Plying (chained singles) and the post is full of other great info, too. Many of my 'real life' friends have heard me throw out color terms, like value and saturation, intensity, and temperature, but they often don't understand what I mean. Jenny recommends one of the most accessible books on color theory in print and it is also one I
forced encouraged many friends to buy when it first arrived on the market. If you don't have Deb Menz book you must run out and buy it now!
The end of Twisted Knitters has arrived and I confess to being a bad KAL host. The phrase 'fools rush in' comes to mind, as I think the excitement of learning to spin, getting a wheel, and reading the Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook, just spun my ambition out of control. I bit off more than I could chew and had no idea how to really lead the group. It's only now that I find the desire to try my hand at dyeing (when the weather is warmer) and, with only a couple of days left in the KAL, I'm finally knitting my handspun! Thank you to everyone who followed through and made fabulous projects! Next time I take on something this huge I'll know what to do and do a better job of hosting. (Hope springs eternal). At least I finished my socks in time!
Forecast, February's selection from the Spunky Club.
Spun on my Lendrum, Navajo Plied.
Knit in simple stockinette sock (my basic sock) on size 3 DPNs. Time to knit 10 days.
Speaking of hope...I'll be knitting ALL weekend.
Enjoy your weekend!