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Knitting Pattern Release: Sybil Ludington Shawl

I’m pleased to announce that I just released my a cozy new shawl for fall, The Sybil Ludington Shawl!  It features a crescent shape with long wings, perfect to wrap around you., and uses just under two 100 gram skeins of fingering weight yarn.  Each row of the shawl is worked across different sections: mesh, a cable panel, lace, another cable panel and then mesh again.   I’m sure you’ll enjoy curling up to knit, and wear, this shawl.

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You can buy it and read more about it on Ravelry (you don’t have to be a member!).  Click here!

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The stitch patterns for the cable and the lace are provided in a chart, as well as written out, and percentages of yarn used are also provided if you wish to modify the size of your shawl.  The pattern has been test knitted and tech edited.

Who is Sybil Ludington? While Paul Revere is most commonly credited with riding to alert militia of approaching British forces, so did the young Sybil Ludington.  Her father headed the local militia during the American Revolution.  On April 26, 1777, at the age of 16, she left on a forty mile ride to warn her father’s militiamen that British troops were planning to attack Danbury, Connecticut.  Her ride lasted from 9 p.m. to dawn the next morning and one of her stops was to warn the people of Danbury.  While the British troops destroyed several buildings and homes in Danbury, there were few people killed, due in large part to Sybil’s warning.

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  • Yarn
    • Approximately 720 yards fingering weight yarn. Shown in Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 (70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere and 10% nylon, 400 yards, 3.53oz) in the colorway Black Cherry.   Other suggested yarns include Cascade Heritage Silk, Dream in Color Smooshy, or Plucky Primo Fingering.
  • Needle
    • Size US 4 (3.5mm) circular needle in a length of 32″/81 cm, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Other Materials
    • 4 stitch markers
    •  Tapestry needle
    •  Cable needle
    •  Blocking pins
    •  Optional: additional stitch markers for marking lace repeats

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  • Finished Measurements
    • After Blocking
      • 35.5″ wide
      • 38.5″ height (or depth)

The shawl is blocked aggressively width-wise. Meeting exact gauge is not crucial but may affect the final dimensions. 

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Knitting Pattern Release: Elizabeth Blackwell Stole

I’m pleased to announce that I just released my new beaded stole for summer!  It uses 100 grams of lace weight yarn and is called the Elizabeth Blackwell Stole.  It features a rectangular shape and a geometric lace design with beads.

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You can buy it and read more about it on Ravelry (you don’t have to be a member!).  Click here!

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The Elizabeth Blackwell Shawl is a rectangular shawl (frequently called a stole) knit flat with a repeating lace pattern and beads. It uses 100 grams of lace yarn, creating a lightweight airy fabric perfect for summer nights. The stitch pattern is provided in a chart, as well as written out, and percentages of yarn used are also provided if you wish to modify the size of your shawl. Also included is a checklist version of the pattern that allows you to step line-by-line through the pattern, checking off rows as they are completed. The pattern has been test knitted and tech edited.

Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States.  Her impetus for pursing medicine was a friend who suffered from a terminal disease that wished for a female physician.  Blackwell later opened clinics and infirmaries for treating women and children and created a medical school for women.

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  • Yarn
    • Approximately 800 yards/ 732 meters lace weight yarn. Shown in Malabrigo Silkpaca (70% alpaca/ 30% silk, 420 yards/384 meters, 50g) in the colorway Solis.  Other suggested yarns include Malabrigo Lace, Alpaca with a Twist Fino, Classic Elite Yarns Silky Alpaca Lace, Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud, or Cascade Yarns Alpaca Lace.
  • Needle
    • Size US 4 (3.5 mm), or size needed to obtain gauge, circular needle in a length of 24″/60 cm or longer.
  • Other Materials
    • Crochet hook – Size US 10 (0.75 mm)
    • 10 grams or 328 size 8/0 beads
    • 5 stitch markers
    • Tapestry needle
    • Blocking pins

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  • Finished Measurements
    • After Blocking
      • 57″/145 cm width
      • 22″/56 cm height

The stole is blocked aggressively. Meeting exact gauge is not crucial but may affect the final dimensions. Gauge is provided to assist with determining an appropriate needle size for you.

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Knitting Pattern Release: Grace Fryer Shawl

I’m pleased to announce that I just released my new shawl!  It uses one 100 gram skein of fingering weight yarn and is called the Grace Fryer Shawl.  It features a semi-circle shape and different lace patterns in between increase rows.  What I’m most pleased about is the size of it given it only uses one skein of fingering weight yarn.

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You can buy it and read more about it on Ravelry (you don’t have to be a member!).  Click here!

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The Grace Fryer Shawl is a semi-circular shawl knit flat with sections of repeating lace patterns.  It uses one skein of sock (fingering weight) yarn, perfect for that single skein you can’t decide how to use.  The stitch patterns are provided in a chart, as well as written out, and percentages of yarn used are also provided if you wish to modify the size of your shawl.  I designed this pattern for my Lace Knitting 101 Class so its well suited to beginning lace knitters.  The pattern has been test knitted and tech edited.

Who is Grace Fryer? Grace Fryer, along with other “Radium Girls,” worked for U.S. Radium applying radium-laced paint to watch dials in the early 20th century.  At that time radium was widely believed to have health benefits and U.S. Radium encouraged the Radium Girls to use their lips and tongues to keep their paint brushes fine tipped.  Grace was the first of the Radium Girls to bring suit against U.S. Radium after incurring strange medical symptoms and ultimately the legal action paved the way for improvements in industrial and employee safety.

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  • Yarn
    • Approximately 370-400 yards/340-365 meters fingering weight yarn. Shown in Copper Centaur Sutdio Centaur Sock (80% superwash merino and 20% nylon, 400 yards/365 meters, 3.53oz/100g) in the colorway Caribbean Sea.   Other suggested yarns include Cascade Heritage Silk, Dream in Color Smooshy, Madelintosh Sock, or Plucky Primo Fingering.
  • Needle
    • Size US 6 (3.5mm) circular needle in a length of 24″/60 cm or 32″/81 cm, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Other Materials
    • At least 2 stitch markers (you may want more to mark pattern repeats)
    • Tapestry needle
    • Blocking pins

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  • Finished Measurements
    • After Blocking
      • 39.5″/100 cm wide
      • 21.5″/55 cm height (or depth)

The cowl is blocked aggressively width-wise. Meeting exact gauge is not crucial but may affect the final dimensions. Stockinette gauge is provided to assist with determining an appropriate needle size for you.

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Roving Indiana Yarn Crawl 2016

I finished the Roving Indiana Yarn Crawl for 2016 and went to all fourteen stores!

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For the uninitiated, I will briefly explain the basics of our local yarn crawl, now in its third year and including 14 local yarn stores (LYSs).  You
buy a passport from one of the participating LYSs and go around to each LYS (by the way, this a fun day trip with friends) over the course of two and a half weeks.  At each LYS you get your passport stamped and get entered for a store drawing. If you make a purchase at the store, you get 10% off.  At the last shop they certify your passport and are entered into the large prize drawings. In addition, there is a yarn dyed specifically for the yarn crawl.

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Sidenote: Its fun to show off your handknits when visiting the yarn shops.

I went to eight of the fifteen stores the first Saturday with a group of friends.  It was a crazy day – we left at 9am and got back around 6pm.  I visited the store near my office one day over lunch and hit the remainder on my own.  I turned in my passport at my last stop, Knitter’s Nook in Columbus.  I won’t talk about everything I purchased in detail (at the risk of this post taking half an hour to read) but will highlight my top items.  There’s a list at the bottom of the yarns, colorways and where I bought them in case you’re interested.  Also, I’ll be tweeting/posting photos on Instagram of the specific purchases.

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  • New to me yarns: Araucania’s dk merino kettle dyed (the cream, blue and purple in upper right) and Twizzlefoot (third skein from left on top)
  • An old favorite: Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere (blue in center) and Malabrigo Silkpaca Lace (blue-green in middle right)
  • Some Anzula from a trunk show at The Black Sheep.  This is also where they have a “room of Malabrigo.” Seriously – the whole room is Malabrigo.
  • My favorite purchase: the red handmade mug with a quote on the front.  This is the same place I got the purple angora mug last year.
  • Ready to cast on now: A shawl using the solid red and the yarn designed for the yarn crawl (just right of top center).
  • Fun non-yarn accessories: pins from yarn shops (I collect them), the mug and two small notions bags.
  • Something to try: HiyaHiya Sharps needle tips and cord.  I’m interested to see how these compare to my Chiaogoos.

The master list:

  • (top row left to right) Denim luster (merino/silk) by Anzula from The Black Sheep in Noblesville
  • Summit multi-color Twizzlefoot by Mountain Colors Yarn from Broad Ripple Knits in Broad Ripple
  • Messenger Kit (teal and purple) in Mad Hatter from Wonderland Yarns (Frabjous Fibers) from The Clay Purl in Nashville
  • Colorway Global Mix in Smooshy with Cashmere by Dream in Color Yarns from Shabby Sheep and Ewe in Columbus
  • Bright red Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock and the crawl yarn by Knitted Wit from Always in Stitches in Noblesville
  • Three colors of Araucania Huasco DK from Knitters Nook in Columbus
  • (second row left to right) Deep aqua Fyberspates Vivacious from Mass Ave Knit Shop in Indianapolis
  • Angora Lace by Wisdom Yarns in colorway Back to Nature from In a Yarn Basket in Bloomington.
  • A few Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails in jewel tones from Village Yarn Shop in Zionsville.
  • Malabrigo yarn silkpaca lace in the Solis colorway from Yarn on the Square in Shelbyville
  • (bottom row left to right) Sewn notion bag from Willowe’s Basketry in Greenfield
  • Red mug, lotion and HiyaHiya interchangeable tips and cord from Starstruck Cat Studio in Greenwood
  • Gray felted notion pouch from Frabjous Fibers bought at Yarns Unlimited in Bloomington.

 

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Knitting Pattern Release: Florence Cathedral Cowl

I’m pleased to announce that I just released my second for sale knitting pattern!  It uses one 100 gram skein of fingering weight yarn and is called Florence Cathedral Cowl.  It features an arched lace pattern with beads added to the knitting.

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You can buy it and read more about it on Ravelry (you don’t have to be a member!).  Click here!

EThe Florence Cathedral cowl is knit in the round and uses one skein of sock yarn, perfect for that single skein you can’t decide how to use. The addition of beads (two per repeat) gives the call a bit of sparkle.  You can wear your cowl as a single looped long scarf, double looped as a casual mid-chest cowl or triple looped for a snugly neck warmer. The stitch pattern is provided in a chart, as well as written out. Percentages of yarn used are also provided if you wish to modify the size of your cowl.  Detailed instructions are included for adding the beads, making this a great pattern if you’re new to knitting with beads.  The pattern has been test knitted and tech edited.

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  • Yarn
    • Approximately 400-440 yards/366-402 meters fingering weight yarn. Shown in Malabrigo Sock (100% merino, 440 yards/402 meters, 3.53oz/100g) in the coloway Tiziano Red.   Other suggested yarns include Cascade Heritage Silk, Dream in Color Smooshy, Madelintosh Sock, or Plucky Primo Fingering.
  • Needle
    • Size US 6 (3.5mm) circular needle in a length of 24″/60 cm or 32″/81 cm, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Other Materials
    • Crochet hook – Size US 12 (1.00mm)
    • 25 grams or 210 size 6/9 seed beads
    • 1 stitch marker
    • Tapestry needle
    • Blocking pins

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  • Finished Measurements
    • After Blocking
      • 66″/168 cm circumference
      • 8″/20 cm height
  • Gauge (all over 4”/10cm)
    • After Blocking:
      • Ribbing: 17 stitches
      • Pattern: 16 stitches & 30 rounds

The cowl is blocked aggressively width-wise. Meeting exact gauge is not crucial but may affect the final dimensions. Stockinette gauge is provided to assist with determining an appropriate needle size for you.

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On The Needles – September 2015

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What’s on my needles right now!

Skipped this post last month (again) but now I’ve actually got new things on the needles!  I’ve been very project monogamous lately so one thing is done and barely anything else has been worked on.  So much so I didn’t both updating some of the pictures.

    • Florence Cathedral Cowl – I actually finished something (yea!) but since it is a new design you won’t see a post about it until it is published next month.  I know I said it would be a shawl but the stitch pattern was pretty adamant it wanted to be a cowl (with lace and beads).  Who am I to argue? I finished the knitting last week, wrote the pattern Friday night and took pictures on Sunday.  Next step is tech editing and test knitting, both of which just take time.  I’m aiming for an end of October pattern release at this point.

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  • Super secret project #1 – I’m getting ready to start (just waiting on the yarn, which should arrive today) but am not going to be posting any details here or on Instagram because I can’t swear the gift recipient wouldn’t see it.  Two skeins of fingering weight yarn and is from a new book I got last month.  It is for the recipient’s birthday, which is in early November, so hopefully I’ve got plenty of time.  Says the world’s slowest knitter.
  • Big Chunky Comfy Hat – Just a quick hat so I feel like I’ve accomplished something.  I’m about four rounds in but am not sure it will be big enough so I may be starting over.  Yarn is Malabrigo Rasta (super-bulky) in the colorway Plomo which is a purply-gray color.  Pattern (free) is Big Chunky Comfy Hat by Nomad Yarns.

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  • Super secret project #2 – This one isn’t quite as secretive because I told the gift receipient earlier this year I would knit it for her.  So she just doesn’t know what it will look like.  I’m knitting for her one my wide cuff wire beaded bracelets.  Need to be done by October 9th.
  • Caprica Socks – Back to knitting socks.  This have gone cold.  I’ve put maybe an inch on them since July? Just not something I’m loving right now and I think its because I really don’t like little dpns.  I did order a small eight inch circular to try knitting socks with but need to ball up some other yarn.  If those go better these will probably get frogged.  These are toe-up but I’m not following a pattern, per se.  It’s slow going but I have some more self-striping sock yarn I want to use, which is motivating me.  Yarn is Knit Picks Felici, a super soft merino/nylon blend, in the colorway Caprica.

  • Diadem– Post new cowl, this one is now back on the front burner. Brief reminder – this is the shawl I’m knitting for my friend Patty in exchange for a pair of handknit socks.  And she’s making good progress on the socks so I better hurry this up! Yarn is from Zen Garden (I think Serenity Silk – the light fingering weight one) and the pattern is Diadem by Ruth Greenwald.

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  • Scarlet Capelet – This is hanging on the back burner, like way back there.  I picked it up briefly and did get gauge still so that’s a plus.  I like it well enough but its hit the point where its large and cumbersome.  This pattern (Scarlet Capelet) is also by Heather Zoppetti.  The yarn is Miss Babs Northumbria Aran in Vlads.

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  • Starshower Cowl – I got a little ways into this.  I need good light because the handspun is so dark.  I selected this to use my blue/purple handspun from Spinner’s Cottage.  The pattern is Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis.  It looks like it will be a cool knit – a cowl with a twist.  It is designed to be able to be worn around the shoulders.

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  • Color Affection Shawl – Frogged but haven’t started over yet.  I still want to knit it (at a tighter gauge) but other things are more interesting right now.

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Knitting Pattern Release: Cinque Terre Cowl

I’m pleased to announce that I just released my first for sale knitting pattern!  It uses one 100 gram skein of fingering weight yarn and is called Cinque Terre Cowl.  It features a sophisticated texture made by passing slipped stitches over knit stitches.

TextureYou can buy it and read more about it on Ravelry (you don’t have to be a member!).  Click here!

Two wrap layeredThe Cinque Terre cowl is knit in the round and uses one skein of sock yarn, perfect for that single skein you can’t decide how to use. You can wear your cowl as a single looped long scarf, double looped as a casual mid-chest cowl or triple looped for a snugly neck warmer. The stitch pattern is provided in a chart, as well as written out. Percentages of yarn used are also provided if you wish to modify the size of your cowl.

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  • Yarn
    • Approximately 380-410 yards/347-375 meters fingering weight yarn. Shown in Malabrigo Sock (100% merino, 440 yards/402 meters, 3.53oz/100g) in the coloway Aguas.   Other suggested yarns include Cascade Heritage Silk, Dream in Color Smooshy, Madelintosh Sock, or Plucky Primo Fingering.
  • Needles
    • Size US 4 (3.5mm) circular needle in a length of 24″/60 cm or 32″/81 cm, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Other Materials
    • 1 stitch marker
    • Tapestry needle
    • Blocking pins

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  • Finished Measurements
    • After Blocking
      • 60″/152 cm circumference
      • 7″/18 cm height
  • Gauge (all over 4”/10cm)
    • Before Blocking:
      • Stockinette: 28 stitches & 38 rounds
      • Ribbing: 32 stitches
      • Pattern: 25 stitches & 40 rounds
    • After Blocking:
      • Ribbing: 22 stitches
      • Pattern: 20 stitches & 48 rounds

The cowl is blocked aggressively width-wise. Meeting exact gauge is not crucial but may affect the final dimensions. Stockinette gauge is provided to assist with determining an appropriate needle size for you.

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Roving Indiana Yarn Crawl 2015

I finished the Roving Indiana Yarn Crawl for 2015 and went to all fifteen stores!

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For the uninitiated, I will briefly explain the basics of our local yarn crawl, now in its second year and including 15 local yarn stores (LYSs).  YouIMG_5209 buy a passport from one of the participating LYSs and go around to each LYS (by the way, this a fun day trip with friends) over the course of two and a half weeks.  At each LYS you get your passport stamped and maybe receive some free goodies (pins, tape measure, etc). If you make a purchase at the store, you get 10% off and an entry in that shop’s raffle drawing.  At the last shop they certify your passport and are entered into the large prize drawings. In addition, there is a yarn dyed specifically for the yarn crawl and a pattern you get with your passport.

Sidenote: Its fun to show off your handknits when visiting the yarn shops.

I went to nine of the fifteen stores the first Saturday with a group of friends.  It was a crazy day – we left at 8am and got back around 6pm.  I visited three more stores with a friend one evening after work and then hit the remainder on my own.  I turned in my passport at my local yarn store (Nomad Yarns) – whee!!! I won’t talk about everything I purchased in detail (at the risk of this post taking half an hour to read) but will highlight my top items.  There’s a list at the bottom of the yarns, colorways and where I bought them in case you’re interested.

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  • 042 New to me fibers: 100% mink (the dark green in the mid/right near the bottom) and llama (denim blue in bottom right)
  • An old favorite: Mountain Colors Twist.  I have a cowl out of that yarn I wear several times a week
  • A lace alpaca/silk blend (the orange at the top) from The Black Sheep where they have a “room of Malabrigo.” Seriously – the whole room is Malabrigo.
  • My favorite purchase: the purple handmade mug with an angora bunny on the front
  • Ready to cast on now: Saw a shop sample at The Knitter’s Nook of a Brioche Cowl.  I bought two skeins (the aqua/teal and the gray next to it) to make the cowl.
  • Fun giveaways and non-yarn accessories: pins from yarn shops (I collect them), two project bags and a black cat tape measure.

The master list (roughly going clockwise):

  • (upper left) Black Baby Alpaca Lace by Plymouth Yarns from In a Yarn Basket in Bloomington.
  • An orange Mango Moon (giveaway) from Shabby Sheep and Ewe in Columbus
  • Handknit sock earrings from The Clay Purl in Nashville
  • Hand sewn project bag bought at Starstruck Cat Studio in Greenwood
  • Chiagoo Cables from Scotland Yarn in Shelbyville
  • Purple mug, lotion and another project bag from Starstruck Cat Studio in Greenwood
  • Black cat tape measure from Broad Ripple Knits in Broad Ripple
  • (top near-right) Orange (glazed carrot) silk alpaca lace by Malabrigo from The Black Sheep in Noblesville
  • Gray Fyberspates Scrumptious merino/silk from Broad Ripple Knits in Broad Ripple
  • (top right) Merino/Shetland rolags in purple green from Sheep Street Fibers in Martinsville
  • Denim blue Llama Lace by Queensland from Knitters Nook in Columbus.
  • Teal/aqua and gray Bloom Luxe Sport (merino/cashmere/silk) from Yarns Unlimited in Bloomington.
  • A purple/blue sock yarn in Picasso Blue (dyed by the owner) from The Clay Purl in Nashville
  • Dark green (pine) 100% mink laceweight by Lotus (Trendsetter) from Mass Ave Knit Shop in Indianapolis
  • (center) Ravelry Red Malabrigo Rios from Always in Stitches in Noblesville
  • (bottom) Madelintosh tosh vintage in a beautiful blue-tinged gray (Rainwater) from Village Yarn Shop in Zionsville.
  • Frog Tree Pediboo Worsted (80% merino, 20% bamboo) in an olive green from Willowe’s Basketry in Greenfield
  • Mountain Colors Twizzle in Harmony Iris from Shabby Sheep & Ewe in Columbus

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Finished Handspun – Malabrigo Nube

For the record, I think I’m partially recovered from Spinzilla.  At least in terms of catching up on sleep, not so much in terms of my back. I promised last post to talk this week about what I finished so here we go!  This is part review/part what I spun.

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Review of Malabrigo Nube

I love Malabrigo.  It was one of the first yarns I knit with and I still love it.  Their merino is soft and squishy and their dyeing is exquisite.  I received 4 ounces of the Nube, which is 100% merino, in a swap and it was likely from one of their first batches.  The colorway is Indecita, which is a nice blend of vivid purples, blues and greens.  I thought I was going to love their fiber.

All that said, I think they need to work on their spinning fiber.  There are some wonderful qualities about this fiber and I understand from reviews on Ravelry some of the problems I experienced may have been addressed but this is not something I would work with again.

First problem – the dye did not saturate all the way through.  When you pull open the braid there is white on the inside.  Stark white.  So when you draft and spin it lightens the dyed colors to a pastel.  Of course you can’t tell its like this until you open up the fiber and start drafting which I doubt your spinning shop is going to let you do.  At any rate, I’m not a big pastel fan but I can always overdye.

The second issue is the biggie.  This fiber was compacted like I had never experienced before.  Based on reviews and comments online, this is common problem.  I first tried opening of the top by teasing it apart perpendicular to the top with my hands.  Even after that I could place my hands ten inches apart (so certainly much longer than any staple length) and it took a lot of force and tugging to draft the fiber apart.  Then I switched to splitting the top into narrow strips which also took a fair amount of time.  All in I spent hours (like a whole afternoon) predrafting this fiber.

When spinning I frequently had to stop and use both hands to pull apart small sections.  With all the starting and stopping and little slubs the yarn is uneven and not what I had hoped for.  Don’t get me wrong, it is still the squishy merino we all know and love.  But, the time it took to get there just wasn’t worth it for me. I understand from online reviews that some of the more recent batches may have improved.

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Ounces: 3.8

Yards: 262

Weight: Worsted

Once I realized the extent of the drafting issues I decided I want to do a 3-ply in hopes the plies would lie against each other.  You can read in the prior post my, ahem, issues with 3-ply.  After plying, I had 262 yards in 3.8 ounces and it was solidly a worsted weight yarn. I love the squishyness but may overdye it to be a bit darker. At this point I’m thinking a medium blue since that would tie with the purple and green.

Has anyone bought this fiber recently and started spinning it? Has the fiber improved?

 

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Spinzilla Results!

5,212 Spinzilla yards, 16 ounces and 72 hours.  Phew.  It may take me a week to catch back up on sleep. Mussatt Spinzilla 2014 CollageNote: Spinzilla counts yardage a little different than most of us do when we’re spinning.  You get credit for the singles and plying. 

First – a shout out to Team Kromski and Becky at Kromski NA (used to be New Voyager Trading)! Our team was awesome about staying active on the message board, encouraging each other and helping to solve problems teammates were having.  I will miss this camaraderie of this week.  What a wonderful group of ladies (and gent)! I’ll have another couple posts later this week/early next week about the actual handspun and what I thought of the fibers so for now let’s talk about how the week went.

Since I took Monday off work I started spinning Monday morning at about 12:15am, stopped around 5am and then slept until about 10.  That is actually what my body prefers and does naturally. On Monday, midnight to midnight, I spun the Malabrigo Nube singles which was 4 ounces (on 3 bobbins since I knew I was going to do a 3-ply) and then 1 ounce of the green Fiber Optic Siren Song.  For now, just know the Nube was a pain and hard to draft.  I could have started plying the Nube Monday evening but thought I’d wait.

Tuesday I plied the Nube.  I now remember what I don’t do 3-ply except when navajo plying.  Even though I carefully measured out my four ounces into 3 equal piles of fluff and tried my best to spin consistently, I ended up with different amount on the bobbins.  Now, when you 2-ply, its not too much of an issue – make an andean plying bracelet and finish it up.  But with a 3-ply you don’t always have 2 ends.  It was not pleasant. Untitled On Wednesday I worked on the green Fiber Optic some more before finishing it up on Thursday and starting on the purple Fiber Optic.  Friday, I finished the purple and then plied the green with the purple.  Yes, I did not let them rest overnight – apparently my standards got lower as the week progressed. As usual, the fiber from Fiber Optic was amazing. c Saturday and Sunday I spun and plied the blue/purple merino from The Spinner’s Cottage.  Gorgeous fiber.  Sunday my wheel started getting fussy while we were spinning out at the living history museum.  Drive band flew off a couple times, yarn wouldn’t take up onto the bobbin, etc.  I need to play with it a bit so I can send an email to Kromski NA with the problems I’m having.  Hopefully Becky can work her magic and tell me what’s up. Spinzilla ended at midnight Sunday night/Monday morning.  I finished plying at 11:45pm.  Wound it off, washed it, took care of some emails and was out cold by 1am.

This evening I got the photo collages done, yarn and photo submitted, added the handspun in Ravelry and did just a wee bit of pattern searching.  I’ll talk more about the handspun later but I’m looking for a semi-circular or crescent shaped shawl with beads that only uses 400 yards of fingering. So that was Spinzilla week in a nutshell! As usual, it took longer than I expected to spin singles. Really, I expected to spin 20-24 ounces instead of the 16.  But, I did the best I could and now I’m done! I liked it better than Tour de Fleece because it doesn’t drag out but next year I may need to lessen my goals a bit. Remind me of that in a year 🙂

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