Sunday, August 22, 2010

Nice People are Awesome, part 1

Recently I was given the opportunity to try out some of BMFA's awesometastic rovings (Thanks Tina! You are the super most excellentest!) I was going to post about it earlier, but I thought I'd wait til it was spun up and do a before-and-after.

Here are the rovings:
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And the somewhatpoorlyphotographed yarns (it always looks like they're in focus when I'm taking the picture. Sigh.):

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These three are 50% Merino, 50% Yak, in Brick, Mossay, and Pond Scum. Um...yum. I've never really worked with yak before, and it is ridiculously luscious. I tried to spin these finer than usual so I could make a little shawlette, but somehow I still ended up at a heavy worsted. (As I said on Twitter... I will blame the wheel until someone buys me a new one to prove me wrong.) Making the shawlette anyway. It'll be for winter :-)

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This one is 75% BFL and 25% Tussah Silk, in Drucilla. Can I just say how geeked-out excited I am about Buffy-themed colorways? (Bought myself one of these, too.)

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If you squint real hard, you can see that this is a skein of 50% Mulberry Silk, 50% Superfine Merino in Valkyrie. So shiny and yummy. Much prettier in person. Must rephotograph, sometime. Sigh.

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And here's a little baby skein of 70% Silver Alpaca, 30% silk in Copperline. Loooove this color. Fun to spin- I left it as singles for once, and should probably block it since I'm sort of shoddy at singles.

Pretty!! The roving was split with Vivian and Star, so I'm really excited to see what they ended up with. Pretty sure both of them are better spinners than I (or at least better at spinning fine, good-for-things-besides-hats yarns, haha. Good thing I like hats.)

3 comments:

  1. Oh, those are all beautiful! I'm a very VERY new drop-spindler, so this is totally inspiring...especially since you used BMFA. I'm about to finish a shawl in some Socks that Rock and I cannot WAIT to get it off the needles and wear it. Their fiber is just so amazing!

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  2. i love all of your yarns! i'm a long time knitter, but i've never tried to spin my own yarn before. how would you suggest getting into spinning? i'm not sure where to get the wool or what tools to use. thanks!

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  3. I started with a cheap drop spindle and some cheap wool roving off ebay (etsy is probably a safer bet though.) And lots of youtube videos and trial and error... it's a steep learning curve but eventually it clicks and you make something resembling string, haha. Once I got my wheel I never looked back, though, so you might want to see if there's anyone (maybe a spinner's group or a yarn store that sells spinning supplies) that can rent/loan you a wheel to try out. Usually you can try them out at fiber festivals too, if you have one in your area. I think they're easier than spindles, but some people would disagree.

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