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Ever have a hard time writing that first sentence in you blog post? I do sometimes. Especially since I am trying to be more regular with my blogging again. Well now that I have shared that random thought and got a few sentences out the way. Lets talk.

This week has been all about the spinning and a little dyeing. It amazes how many yards, pounds even of fiber that as been spun and plied on this TdF. I so wish I was able to spin as much. These are not only spinning wheel spinners but spindlers as well that have really cranked out some yardage.

So where to I fall into in all that fabulous spinning? Well not as much as some but given my schedule I'm still proud of my efforts. So far I have plied my bobbins of the Cormo/Alpaca and ended up with 366yds at 16 wpi. Sadly I don't have enough for the Dunes stole I wanted to knit out of it. Now to decided what it will become.

Here is it is before its bath. Looks OK right?

                                                          Even up close. Not bad I thought.

Yeah that was before the water enters the scene. Now keep in mind these pictures have been taken in different lighting but it is indeed the same yarn.

See that?! Trust me it was not because of the high temps and humidity we have been having. The problem under plied. So with a little help from a couple of my DD pop cans....

I ended up with much better results. See the one on the left is hanging with my special blocking tool. The one on the right was waiting for the other special tool when this picture was taken.

                                               See much better. :D Here is the finished yarn.

 

That wasn't the only spinning surprise I had. Next was the plying day I had Sunday. We have been watching the TdF and the World Cup. So on the final day of the world cup. I decided to ply some KP Stroll Roving that I had dyed and spun up last summer. I tried to upload my finished yarn but my phone and computer do not want to play nicely together. So all I have is this photo for a reminder of the roving.

Since I was plying those singles practicing the plying from a two ply ball. Perfect to time watch and ply. To bad we lost. Great game though it just wasn't meant to be. While I was wrapping the yarn on my homemade niddy noddy I kept thinking how I was really not liking the way the colors were blending.

So I decided to change it right there and then after the game. I got my dye pot out and my Jacquard dye in Sapphire blue and got to work. Here is my results. Too much dye was in the pot but thankfully a tip from my friend saved the day. Add a glug of vinegar to your rinse water. And viola no more bleeding. Much better. Well more my color anyway. DD loves this yarn too and keeps begging for it. She might get it. ;)And yes it really is that bright in real life.

Now as we coming closer to the challenge day part of the TdF which is tomorrow. I have decided to spin some angora fiber I picked up on Mother's day. Its only an ounce but enough to give it a try.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what have I been spinning in the meantime? I've now picked up this Falkland hand dyed top to spin next.

Only thing active on the needles right now is DD socks. Though I might be tempted to cast on a new um.... blue pair of vanilla socks. Honestly though as soon as the TdF is over I'm so knitting lace. I am lace craving bad. Then my enabling KP catalog came in...yeah its time to play with some lace big time.

Hope you all had a good week so far.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on July 23, 2011 at 6:38am
I have that book. Thanks! The angora is looking great!
Comment by Knit4Many on July 23, 2011 at 3:08am

No I didn't card it first. Hand carders are still on my wish list. Some day. Yours came out gorgeous!!

Thanks Peggy! Yes I am making up the pattern as I go. I haven't figured out if I will just keep winging it or do repeats. Questions are good. I'm usually full of them myself. :D

Comment by PickleSue on July 22, 2011 at 11:10pm

Oh!  I love your blue stripe socks!  How cool are those going to be!  Nice job!  Are you making up the stripe pattern as you go?  It's cute!  Will you repeat what you've done there or do something different in every section?

Full of questions tonight.  ;) Sorry.  :)

The alpaca looks so soft.  Very fine spinning!

Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on July 22, 2011 at 6:59pm

Knit, Did you card it first?  That really helped mine a lot.

Pretty fiber, pretty yarn... love the color. 

Comment by Knit4Many on July 22, 2011 at 6:49pm

OK spinning clipped angora is definitely a challenge. Unfortunately I did not get nearly the spinning time I was hoping for. So better to spin something than not at all. Here is all I have. :(

I can't wait to Susan's. I know its going to be lovely.

Comment by Knit4Many on July 22, 2011 at 5:58pm
Still wish I was going. :( I just put the jog in back and going to duplicate stitch the ends. In The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe has some tips in it.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on July 22, 2011 at 4:09pm
Oh, and I forgot to mention. When I used to get paid for writing magazine articles (back when dinosaurs roamed the earth) I used to have trouble coming up with a lead (opening sentence) for the article. I used to write, "It was a dark and stormy night," or, "This is my first sentence." Then when I was writing the body, something would usually occur to me, and I would go back and substitute it. I think your opening was just fine, though! We're a little more casual here.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on July 22, 2011 at 4:06pm
How nice to CO socks the week before SS! Are you going to try to do a jogless stripe, or are you placing the jog in the back? I have been going back and forth with the Bees' Knees sleeves. To steek or not to steek? The purpose in the steek is to get rid of the jog at the end of rnd. I know how to avoid the jog with two rnds of a color, but not with one. May just do the steek.
Comment by Knit4Many on July 22, 2011 at 3:32am

Susan: Happy Spinning Angora Day!! I did a little bit this morning to get a head start. Its different,in a good way.

Marty :The lace is practically yelling at me at this point. I need to stop watching the Knitted Lace of Estonia dvd. LOL!

Becky: Thanks. Blues is one of my favorite colors.

Peggy and Cheryl thanks for making me blush. Again.

Peggy thanks. It will be fun to see how it will turn out. I don't think I will get to ply any today though. We'll see.

OK everyone the temptation was to hard to resist. I had to cast on these.

I have 60 grams and was going to just knit the cuff,heel and toe in the KP Bare fingering ( leftover from DD stripy socks) but the stripes were calling. Now I'm not using the same technique as DD stripy socks. I will happy to weave in all these ends.

Thanks everyone for being so kind and supportive. {{hugs}} Have a good day.

Comment by PickleSue on July 21, 2011 at 11:28pm

Fantabulous yarn!!  And the dye job! 

Cool that you're spinning angora for the challenge!  Just saw that Susan's doing the same.  Fun.  :)  Here's to your success!!

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