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Thursday, August 21, 2008

A long time ago, in a blog entry far, far away...

...I started blending these batts. One of the Spunky Eclectic club fibers from early this year was Icelandic. It was from a gray sheep and it was dyed dark blue and teal green. I love those colors, but the fiber was NOT soft (after squeezing Icelandic at MDS&W this year, I'm pretty sure what I have is all tog - the outer coat). I felt like it would make a nice outerwear sweater that would stand up to all kinds of things, but 8 ounces wasn't enough to do much with. So I went stash diving and found an undyed creamy white Cotswold lambswool and alpaca (both would add drape and softness to the blend as well as lighten the color a bit) and some leftover finewool batts from Spinner's Hill in both blue and teal green (these add a bit of bounce and softness). I carded each of the fibers individually first before blending them together. What you see above is half of the final blending. (I still have do the second half.) I only ran the blended fibers through the carder twice because I want the spun yarn to have some personality and not be thoroughly blended. I'm hoping to get the second half finished up this weekend before I forget how I did the first half, but I'm not sure when I'll start spinning it up. I feel like I haven't spun in ages and I want to get back to it soon.



Blogger Nicole said...

Very lovely! I hope you can get it spun up soon, I'd love to see what it looks like!

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Jeanne said...

Very pretty! It will make a great sweater...

11:37 AM  
Blogger Ronni said...

Those are beautiful! I'm still debating what to do with my batts from that month. I don't think I have the energy to do what you did though. So I think I'll have hat yarn when I am done.

12:14 PM  

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