Saturday, September 01, 2007

picture post

August kittens
The kittens are getting fatter! And bigger! Look how sleek they are!

Walkabout detail
Wool blend in "walkabout" colorway from Spunky Eclectic. This blend was a dream to spin up, it drafted beautifully and practically spun itself. I'm loving how the colors have softened and muted, but still remain very distinct and rich.

Rosy Rocks
Superwash merino in "Rosy Rocks" colorway from Funky Carolina. This was also a dream to spin and the first yarn I spun up entirely on the Kromski. It was a little bit hard in the hand after spinning, but I gave it a wash in some wool soak, beat the hell out of it and let it hang dry and it has become appropriately soft and yummy. This is going to become a Rose Congou scarf for a tea friend.

dragonfiber sock
test sock in superwash merino/tussah silk "Cloudy Oceans" colorway from Dragonfibers. I'm just mucking around here, I haven't even set the twist with this yarn. It's being knit right off the niddy noddy. I wanted to see how my handspun yarn would be in a sock and watch how the colors played.

Reading the Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook and trying to get a better understanding of fiber. What's your favorite book about spinning and fiber? What was the most valuable to you in learning about different fibers and what to do with each?

I am going to seek air conditioning now. It is entirely too hot in Southern California.

5 comments:

sopranospinner said...

Spent the whole afternoon in the city pool. Too hot to live, way too hot to knit. I love the Twisted Sisters Sock book, although they don't go into spinning specifically. I remember having to find out what Navajo plying was elsewhere.

I wish there were a really good comprehensive spinning book (and often think of writing one). So far it's Judith MacKenzie McCuin's "Teach Yourself Visually: Handspinning." It has a lot of information in one place.

Mailed the fiber yesterday, yay!

geogrrl said...

My goodness, the kittens are getting big! Pretty soon they shall walk and move like cats rather than kittens. It's always an interesting day when you notice the transformation has occurred.

Love the Walkabout and Cloudy Oceans colourways.

Roxie said...

You really have a hand for the spinning. The yarn looks just gorgeous!

I buy "Mystery batts" from Fantasy Fibers. Each one is a lesson for me. The Mystery Batts are the batts they pull off the carding drums after they have carded three or four batches of fiber. The prices are very reasonable, the fibers and colors are very mixed. You might get tencel, alpaca, silk and merino, or a variety of different wools, or gee, whatever you can imagine and some things you can't.

KnitNana said...

the babies are adorable, and you're really getting good at the spinning! LOVELY stuff...
try to stay cool!
(((hugs)))

Lucia said...

Look at the ears on that critter! And what beautiful yarn. Keep it away from the kitties (let them eat acrylic).