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Sunday, 10 April 2011

quick preview

I am still working on the fabric project - but I also spun up a few smaller amounts I had dyed last year. one of them was soysilk, dyed with cochineal... it's a fine two-ply - and I hope it's enough to knit a small shawlette, but if it isn't, I have more soysilk to spin, one darker, but a similar colour, one a blue tone that might fit.
the second skein is a natural green cotton, which I boiled with some washing-up detergent. the sample I spun some time back turned out a darker green, but I used soda at the time, so I have to give it another boil to see if this made the difference or if it's the fibres I used....
the white skein on top is spun from baby alpaca, a gorgeous soft fibre, which I have a kg of - and will use some of that for a larger lace shawl. when I have spun more than just the one skein:))

 I also started on one of the new sock yarns - this has two plies, one in red (more burgundy) and the other one multicolour, which makes for softer colour changes than some of the normal multicoloured sock yarns. I wanted a reasonably simple pattern, because I started this on the train (to see the dentist:)) - and will take it on the train again next week. this is from "think outside the sox" - only 4 rows of patterning, 2 k rows, and two slip stitch rows, one k, one purl - simple to remember and no printed pattern necessary:)) the rib is a bit different, too - it's worked in rows and will be finished with a crochet edge later....

and this is the preview - of the mystery project I am making from the fabrics:)) I can't show more just now - but I am nearly finished, just in time:)) I hope to get the rest done today - most of it will be done with the machine, though the base is entirely sewn by hand....
this made me realize that I haven't done any of that for a long time - might have to dig out the fabric remnants after all:))

7 comments:

Delighted Hands said...

Oh, what beautiful stuff you have going on! The yarns are just beautiful-nice work spinning/dyeing. The quilt is amazing-can't wait to see the WHOLE thing!

Sprotte said...

Was für ein tolles Garn und sehr schöne Farben! Lese ich richtig, dass du auch die Baumwolle selbst gesponnen hast??? Ich dachte, das sei so schwierig, deshalb habe ich das bisher noch nicht ausprobiert. Tiefe, ehrfurchtsvolle Verbeugung!

Woolly Bits said...

Cindy - I can't wait to try out the baby alpaca in knitting.... the quilt, haha, amazing isn't exactly what comes to my mind, but I am not a very experienced patchworker, so it'll have to do:))

Sprotte - ja, die baumwolle ist handgesponnen. allerdings nicht superfein (so staerke 3 - 3,5 vielleicht), dazu muesste ich den langen auszug nehmen, der aber am normalen spinnrad und mit kammzug nicht sooo gut klappt. ich spinne entweder die bw auf meinem louet, bei dem ich rohrisolierung um die spule mache. oder ich spanne den faden im zickzack hin und her in den oesen, damit der einzug nicht so stark ist. geht natuerlich nur bei raedern, wo beide reihen oesen auf der gleichen seite sind! ich finde es eigentlich nicht sooo schwer, nur manchmal gewohnheitsbeduerftig, wenn man vorher seide oder langfaseriges versponnen hat. schade nur, dass es in europa keine anbieter fuer bunt gefaerbte baumwollfasern gibt - da muss man immer selber ran:))

Nina said...

I love the colours of the spun yarns. The purple and green are so springlike! I also love the new socks. You're right about them being a good project to take with you places. The pattern may be simple, but it seems to work really nicely on that yarn. Yay for the quilty mystery project. I can't wait to see it finished.

Leigh said...

I love, love, love the yarn colors! They are so perfect together. Your mystery project looks very enticing! Can't wait to see the finished result.

Woolly Bits said...

Nina, Leigh - thanks, I love starting new socks and the yarn knits up nicely! I won't use the three handspun yarns together though - I didn't really notice until you said, that the colours go well together:)) I don't think using cotton together with alpaca and soy silk would be the best idea - but I could of course dye some soy silk or alpaca in a sage green.... now you've given me a whole new idea about using the alpaca:))

Ash said...

You spinning looks so fine, I've got alpaca yarn envy and I love the shade of purple you have made. I have yet to conquer the art of knitting in the round so most sock patterns evade me - I will get there, sometime :)
Thankyou for your lovely comments on my last post, I do all my quilting by hand I much prefer the effect it gives but I do concede and use the machine for piecing together initially!!
Look forward to seeing the finished project.

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