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On the Wheel – February 2016

Flyer Gear
(above – Woolee Winder flyer gear)

The good news is I finished something since my last On The Wheel post.  The bad news is one of these items is still on here.  My default wheel is still my eSpinner and thus I haven’t been spinning on my Kromski Sonata nearly as much.  Both my Sonata projects are in my bin for this year.  I set aside (out of my stash baskets) enough fiber (that I really want to spin) to meet my ounce spinning goal for the year.  It is sort of a “Spin the Bin” thing but a bit more relaxed.

 

Dark Spectrum merino/alpaca spinning fiber

This is my next, not even quite on the wheel yet, fiber to spin on the miniSpinner.  Although it might be on the wheel by the time the post goes live. The fiber is again from Fiber Fancy (which I believe is now defunct) and is a 70/30 blend of merino/alpaca.The colorway is called “Dark Spectrum” and is a natural gray alpaca overdyed with red, orange, yellow, green and blue.  I have 4.2 ounces and intend to complete it as a two-ply yarn.  The second ply tentatively will be solid black alpaca.

 

UntitledThis is 4.2 ounces from wooliebullie and is a 50% merino, 50% mulberry silk blend. The colorway is Beaujolais – a deep purple/magenta. Buttery smooth top to the touch. I’m aiming for a 2-ply lace or light fingering. My default 2-ply is a sport weight so the lace is a challenge for me. It’s slow going – I’ve been pre-drafting a lot to keep it consistently thin. I divided the top in half (one for each ply) and am still on the first half.  I will finish both bobbins of singles and then ply on the eSpinner, I think.

UntitledThis is fiber from Tomorrow Farm for the Once Upon a Time Spin Along. I bought two different colorways from this spin along – Emma and Snow White. My Snow White (eight ounces) became this shawl. The Emma fiber is proving a bit more challenging (I’m blaming the tencel).  The fiber includes alpaca, tencel, merino and faux cashmere and is a pretty blend of blues, white and grays.  As with the purple above, I’ll finish spinning the singles on the Sonata and then ply on the miniSpinner.

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Stitches Midwest 2015 Part 3 – Yarn Goodies

YarnThe post you’ve probably been looking for since last week is here.  Or you’re so bored at this point you’ve nodded off and are busy snoring at your screen.  Either way, just don’t drool on your knitting.

Hundred Ravens CollageFrom A Hundred Ravens (Owner Kate is amazingly friendly and cheerful, they also have a cool yarn club)

  • (left) Iachos, a 100% superwash merino, in colorway Rivendell (a soft olive green and grey)
  • (center) Iachos in colorway Hecate (light to dark purple and grey/black)
  • (right) Iachos mini skeins in colorway Into the Darkness (catch the Star Trek reference?) which is a light to dark teal

 

Grinning Gargoyle CollageFrom Grinning Gargoyle

  • (left) Lux Lace (laceweight alpaca/cashmere/silk) in the colorway Shiny Penny
  • (center) Primo (DK weight merino/cashmere/nylon) in the colorway Signature Red
  • (right) Shimmer (fingering weight merino/nylon/metallic) in the colorway Black Spruce

 

Buffalo and Wandering CollageThree More

  • (left) From Wandering Wool: Udaipur (50/50 merino/silk in a fingering weight) in Emerald Isle
  • (center) From Buffalo Wool Company: Buffalo Skies DK (50/50 merino/bison in DK weight) in Indian Paintbrush.  I actually sort of won this yarn from a grab bag.
  • (right) From Buffalo Wool Company: Sexy (50/50 bison/silk in lace weight) in Night Shade.

 

Remaining CollageAnd the Final Four

  • (left) Valley Yarns Sunderland (DK weight 100% alpaca) in colorways Charcoal Gray and Brilliant Blue
  • (center) Lost City Knits Oak Barn Merino (laceweight 100% merino) in colorway Spring Valley VFD
  • (right) White Birch Fiber Arts long sock gradient (80/20 merino/nylon gradient) in colorway Shake Your Tailfeathers

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On the Wheel – July 2015

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Sadly, one of these is actually from an On the Wheel post from last year. I still haven’t gone back to spinning on my Sonata as regularly as I’ve been spinning on my eSpinner.  I’m hoping to finish up all three for Tour de Fleece but that is partly dependent on my back cooperating. I need to at least finish the singles for the two projects I started on my Sonata and then I can ply on the eSpinner.
IMG_0293I am spinning on the eSpinner this fiber from Fiber Fancy. It is 50% merino, 25% bamboo and 25% silk. The hand-dyed color is called Deep Thoughts and has navy, oranges, olive greens and golds. I have 4.1 ounces and intend to complete as a two-ply yarn. I’ve spun about 1.5 ounces.

UntitledThis is 4.2 ounces from wooliebullie and is a 50% merino, 50% mulberry silk blend. The colorway is Beaujolais – a deep purple/magenta. Buttery smooth top to the touch. I’m aiming for a 2-ply lace or light fingering. My default 2-ply is a sport weight so the lace is a challenge for me. It’s slow going – I’ve been pre-drafting a lot to keep it consistently thin. I divided the top in half (one for each ply) and am still on the first half.

UntitledThis is fiber from Tomorrow Farm for the Once Upon a Time Spin Along. I bought two different colorways from this spin along – Emma and Snow White. My Snow White (eight ounces) became this shawl. The Emma fiber is proving a bit more challenging (I’m blaming the tencel).  The fiber includes alpaca, tencel, merino and faux cashmere and is a pretty blend of blues, white and grays.

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Purple Swap Bomb!

The Kromski Spinning Wheel Owners group on Ravelry just had our 2015 One Color Swap so I thought I’d show the package I received!

UntitledAs a little background, a couple times a year we have a swap in our group. Participants are paired up and a dollar limit (or suggestion as my partner Kelly said) is set.  Then you stalk (on Ravelry) your partner and build a swap package for them.  Our “One Color” swap means you the items you send must all (or mostly) be one of your partner’s three favorite colors.

Kelly chose purple for me and created a splendid package.  My non-fiber goodies included chocolate covered fruit bits, a small notebook, a row counter that secures over your finger and a hand-sewn project bag.  Also incredibly exciting was a small Turkish spindle made on a 3D printer.  I’d been thinking about getting one to take on vacation so my wood ones wouldn’t warp or get damaged and now I have one!

UntitledOnto the fiber! The sold purple braid is Polwarth from Yarn Geek Fibers.  It has a low micron count for Polwarth – something like 22 microns. The batt was carded by my partner to mix some merino and sparkle.  I love the pop of teal!

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Review: Namaste’s Hermosa Bag

Easing into these review posts.  I thought I’d start with something I love – bags.  See, I have a weakness for bags.  More like an obsession. Even better when I can put small bags into one large bag.

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The Hermosa is Namste’s largest handbag.  The exterior is a PVC faux leather and the interior is some type of plastic that is easy to wipe and clean.  Per Namaste’s website, the dimensions are 18 inches by 14 inches by 7 inches.  There are several interior and exterior pockets, including three zippered.  The suggested retail price is $97.50 USD

This is my bag to hold all my smaller project bags and it does so very well.  Even though I’ve owned it several years it is still my go-to and has held up well. Even as I write this my Hermosa (in eggplant) is holding my iPad, three drawstring bags, a notions pouch and lotion.  When I fly it fits under the seat in front of me.

039What Works: The size carries anything I need for a couple days of knitting away from home (or an afghan).  It has held up well being squished under airplane seats and has just enough interior pockets. It will also support a good deal of weight (i.e. my laptop) which makes it even more versatile.  One of my favorite features in any bag is when it stands up on its own

What Could Be Different: The straps are a bit short to carry the bag on the shoulder and the top close (magnetic metal disc) isn’t strong enough to securely close the bag.

Product Note: Some people have had issues with the Namaste bags wearing quickly, in particular the exterior finish.  Based on my readings of Ravelry posts this seems to involve the faux-leather peeling off and is most common to the newer bags. However, I have not seen or used any of the newer bags to confirm this. If I do have the chance to use one of the newer bags firsthand I will update this post.

Grade: If it weren’t for the quality control issues this would be an A.  However, for the price, the quality control issues are a big issue.  Therefore, in light of the possible quality control issues, I give this a B.

Review Disclaimer: This items was not provided to me for review – it is one I purchased independently. Although I accept free products for review, I do not guarantee a positive review and will share my honest opinions.  If you have a product you would like reviewed please contact me at floofymoose [at] gmail [dot] com.   

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Finished Handspun – Woolgathering Purple/Pink/Blue

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Usually I’m pretty good as guessing how a single braid of fiber will spin up.  But not this time.  When I bought this fiber I thought what I have now determined is pink was more magenta.  And I was cool with that.  But its pink.  Oh so pink.

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The Process (Ravelry page)

  • 50% merino wool, 25% bamboo, 25% silk combed commercial top
  • 4.0 ounces unspun; 3.9 ounces spun
  • 952 yards / 3891 yards per pound
  • 34 wraps per inch (laceweight)
  • Spun on my Hansen miniSpinner on the lace flyer, plied on the Woolee Winder

I tore the top into strips for predrafting, mostly because I prefer predrafting and wanted to make sure the bamboo and silk were opened up.  I spun the singles together as a two ply.

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What Will it Grow Up to Be

The pink is bugging me.  For those of you who know me in real life you know I don’t do pink.  So, it’s going to get overdyed.  I’m first going to try a medium purple Jacquard acid dye.  In theory the dye will only adhere to the merino and silk and not the bamboo but my understanding is it may color the bamboo in a lighter shade.  I’m actually kind of excited about that – I think with the different fibers this should come out a nice tonal, much like a kettle dyed yarn.  If I’m not happy with the resulting yarn color I’ll move on to a dye type that will dye both protein and non-protein fibers.

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Finished Handspun – Fiber Optic Siren Song

Handspun 3 of 3 for Spinzilla.   Eight ounces of Fiber Optic’s Siren Song in two different colors (four ounces each) This is part review/part what I spun.

Fiber Optic Collage

Review of Fiber Optic’s Siren Song Unspun

If you didn’t already know, I’m a bit of a Fiber Optic junkie.  And this is not the first time I’ve spun this stuff.  It comes as pencil roving and practically just drafts itself. I bought this in 2013 at The Fiber Event in Greencastle and knew I wanted to ply the two colors together.  The green was just labeled “Once in a Lifetime” and the purple was “Vineyard Batik.”  I started with 4 ounces of each so how I ended up with 8.2 ounces total is a bit of a mystery.  Siren Song is 70% superwash merino and 30% seacell.

The biggest draws of fibers from Fiber Optic are the nice bases and the amazing dye jobs.  The dyes saturate the fibers fully and you end up with a deep, rich color.  Her website is here but it is pretty tough to find some of the items in stock (like Siren Song Unspun).  Your best bet is to find it at a fiber festival or, in about a month, at her store in Ohio.

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Spinning Process

Rav page

Ounces: 8.2

Yards: 978

Weight: Light Fingering

I tore the pencil roving in half for predrafting, again for the ability to predraft before Spinzilla started and knew that would save me some time.  I spun each color as singles and then plied them together as a two-ply.  You’ll notice a bit of purple left over.  46 yard to be specific.  Apparently that how far off I was in keeping the singles even.

No ideas yet on what I’m going to make out of this.  It is going to have some serious drape so nothing fitted. Maybe a big, long cowl?

 

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Finished Handspun – Spinner’s Cottage

Handspun 2 of 3 for Spinzilla. A simply perfect merino from The Spinner’s Cottage. This is part review/part what I spun.
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Review of The Spinner’s Cottage Merino

I had never heard of this seller before but won a gift certificate on Ravelry to her shop. I wondered through her shop a bit, had some messages back and forth about what she might be adding. I finally settled on 4 ounces of merino in shades of blue and purple. It came in time for Spinzilla and I knew I wanted to spin it fine.
And wow was it amazing to spin. Just buttery soft and smooth. The finished yarn was much more lofty and squishy than I expected. I highly recommend this fiber and the shop was wonderful. It’s on Etsy here and is called The Spinner’s Cottage. She still has a few braids of the merino or merino and silk left and some beautiful Wensleydale and BFL braids.
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Spinning Process

Rav page

Ounces: 3.8

Yards: 410

Weight: Fingering

I tore the top into strips for predrafting, mostly because I could predraft before Spinzilla started and knew that would save me some time. I spun the singles together as a two ply. After plying, I had 410 yards in 3.8 ounces and it was a fingering weight yarn.

I would love to make a shawl out of this handspun but the 410 isn’t quite enough for most patterns. Does anyone have suggestions on what colors might go well with it?

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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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Tour de Fleece 2014: Days 1-7

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In an effort not to bore the living daylights out of everyone I decided to only post my Tour de Fleece (TdF) progress every week or so.

So what is TdF? It’s really just a spinning challenge.  Tour de Fleece runs at the same time as its better known sister, the Tour de France. From July 5 through 27 you spin on a regular basis.  You set your own goal and then do your best to meet that goal.  Most people spin with a team. Our rest days coincide with the rest days of the Tour de France.

My goal is to spin every day.  Can be five minutes or two hours but I have to spin.  I’m spinning with two teams – Team Kromski and Team Phat Fiber.  The Kromski group on Ravelry is the one I moderate on Ravelry.  Many of our team members have donated prizes, as has Kromski North America, the north American distributor of Kromski Products.

Day One

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Spun just under 1 ounce of lace (singles weight) of purple merino from LunaBud knits.

Day Two
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Spun 0.6 ounces and am now ready to ply the purple with the blue.

Day Three
TdF 2014 Day 3

Plied 3 ounces on my Sonata. I had quite a bit left over of the solid purple both in the single and in unspun fiber.

Day Four
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Not a lot of spinning but I did wind and wash what I finished yesterday. After plying I had a good amount of the solid purple left. I’m going to finish spinning the remaining 0.4 ounces of that and then ply it with itself.

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Not a great day. Bad headache by the time I got home from work and super tired. So my fiber work only consisted of reskeining my blue/purple handspun and tagging it. I did get several pretty pictures done.

Day Six
Day 6

Took my wheel to knitting group tonight to get back on track. I finished the remaining 0.4oz ish of the purple fiber and I’ll ply it with itself starting tomorrow.

Day Seven
Day 7

Plied 0.9 ounces of the solid purple to go with the blue/purple and wound it off on the skein winder. Total I have 3.5 ounces and about 300 yards. Somewhere between sport and DK weight. Not sure what I’ll make with it since there’s not a ton of yardage.

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