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Tuesday, October 02, 2007


Remember way back in May when I dyed some Merino Top (at top) and some Romney (at bottom) a rich ultramarine blue? Then I carded them into batts and blended them with some Angelina (the Opal colorway) on my brand new drumcarder?*
Over the summer I slowly spun the batts into singles.
And this weekend I plied the singles together, ending up with 590 yards of fingering weight 3 ply yarn. It's a firm but bouncy yarn and I think it will knit up into some really nice socks. I think I could have used some more Angelina as the sparkle is less than subtle, but I'd rather it be too little than have yarn that resembles a disco ball - maybe that's just me. As the first yarn that I took from raw fleece (the Romney part), cleaned, dyed and carded it myself, then spun and plied it, I'm pretty proud. I might just spend the next week or so walking around with this on my shoulder like a wool parrot.

*I have a Strauch Petite with the Brush Attachment in case anyone was wondering.

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Blogger vlb5757 said...

Nice job. I have yet to get my yarn down to fingering weight. It's been a while since I have done any spinning, but am feeling like I need to do some soon so that I don't forget how to!

9:36 AM  
Blogger Annie said...

I think it is amazing that you can spin that fine. I haven't gotten into spinning yet, though I thoroughly enjoy watching the process.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Very pretty! That would make the nicest wool parrot I've ever seen.

11:51 AM  
Blogger Hoc Age said...

Beautiful blue! I too just got a new drum carder. I will be blending some BFL with some tussah for socks. I hope to spin as good a yarn as you have. Looking forward to see the socks when they are finished.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

It's lovely. and I would admire aand ask permission to pet your blue parrot.

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Jill Schaefer said...

I'm now drooling into my keyboard, I love that blue!! It would make a great lacey scarf. :-)

6:33 PM  
Blogger Gammy aka Peggy said...

Absolutley gorgeous!!!!! And what a tease with the sock yarns in the next post. Can't see the pattern until after the first of the year? Man, anticipation.

7:47 PM  

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