As soon as learned to spin (well, even before I learned), spinning for a shawl has been high on my list of 'to spins'. When I ran into Spun Stitches I knew it was time to get off my arse, stop fiddle-farting around and start spinning with real intent. There are several rovings in my stash that were acquired with a shawl in mind. My intention had been to ask for your help in deciding which fiber to use for this new adventure in spinning, but when I pulled out the choices in question I knew which one was my hearts desire. Sorry you didn't get to have input...maybe next time.
Kim was there to aid and abet my spinning habit even before I knew I had one! After the purchase of my first spindle (Estes 2005), she sent a care package with a bit of her beautiful bunny crack and a note saying that every new spinner needed to have a chance to play with luxury fibers. I tried and tried and tired, but never could really make a go of spinning (as you can see) until after Estes 2006, but that didn't stop my desire for fiber.
I purchased this lovely luxurious roving (20% angora 80% merino) from Kim before my spindle could do a damn thing, and over the course of a year I longingly petted it, looked at it, and dreamed of spinning it. Well the days of longing are over as all these little bunny balls will be spun over the next month (or however long it takes) with the intent of becoming a shawl.
Since you didn't get to choose the roving, my next intent was to have you help decide which shawl, however (you know what's coming, right?)...
The Georgia O'Keeffe roving that I dyed some time ago is still in process. The second bobbin is filling and I hope to do some plying this weekend (if I can give up spinning the 'crack' in the mean time. When seperating the the roving for spinning I kept one half darker than the other. I hope this will make a more interesting yarn. We'll see, eh?
Thank you for the suggestions on toning down the eye searing dye job. Your tips reminded me of a demonstration given at the Snake River Fiber Fair a couple of weeks ago on how to blend colored roving....no carders needed. Bits of roving, about 4" pieces were pulled off, thinned out, and set side by side to form a long rectangular base.
Then another layer/color was added on top, then another layer/color on top of that, and so forth.
The rectangle was then rolled up from the long edge, pulled slightly to moosh up the colors and to straighten the fiber a bit. It is then ready to spin.
I blended the eye searing red with some paler gold/salmon/orange from Abby and it seems to have made a rather fun, less retina damaging, textured yarn. Abby also included some silk in the shipment of fiber and I might just see if I can spin it well enough to ply it with the wool. Spinning is so fascinating, limitless in the creative was it can be handled, and I am completely hooked. (I realize I have only touch the tip of the iceberg. Do you think I should look at hand carders while at Estes?)
Since it's Friday...how about some (more) eye candy?
Have a rosy weekend!