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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

surrounded by daemons

...and filled with devils, you'd think I'd never have finished this.

n1
Handspun 3 ply Superwash Blue Faced Leicester
roving dyed by pigeonroofstudios.etsy.com, "nightshade" colorway
approx. 110gm, heavy (hard?) fingering to DK weight

It is a pretty big skein, relative to reality. This was all packed onto one bobbin on my Ashford Joy when plying... my original intent was to 2-ply the singles, but as I finished the 3rd bobbin of them, they were too thin for my taste (like the purple superwash merino of late... knitting it on US 0's just isn't fun for me right now), so I went ahead and divvied up my last fourth bit of roving into among the 3 partly filled singles bobbins and prayed it'd fit. Tight fit (again, my favorite), but it did-- good to know I can carefully fill a Joy bobbin with near on 4 oz of fiber.

n2

I've been all aslaver lately over Kristi's 3-ply goodness, too... this was my first attempt at 3plying and I'm a little ambivalent about it-- I just jumped in without knowing what I was striving for, and a lot of the time I felt like I should have given a little more thought to what I'd want coming out of it in the end, that I'd actually want something more than experience and memory. Too many times I had a 2-ply, with the third single wrapped around that... I discovered the beauty of natural rhythm, but perhaps too late for this skein. I can't really tell the spots in the finished yarn, but know what I saw beneath the surface, know what's inside and what it could have been had I thought about it a little more.

But it does look good, feels good. BFL's also a new experience to me as well, all the fake it til you make it w. merino made it fun-- eyeopeningly refreshing.

n5

n4

I couldn't decide which 3-way I liked best, so you get to pick for yourselves :) The sisters are also the nightshade colorway from Pigeonroof Studios, in Krista's hopefully-returning-soon cashmere/merino/nylon sock yarn (same base yarn from the recent Math Whiz socks).

Ending on a good note, like I should have done...

n3

Miss you already!

12 comments:

Anushka said...

it's pretty!

adrienne said...

So in love with your handspun! I wonder if using a spindle for sock yarn would be a bad idea...

jen said...

I prefer it spun up. I love the barberpole effect.

lexa said...

I think it looks wonderful!

Opal said...

i think it's just beautiful, but i do know what you mean about not finding your rhythm late in the game.

Zonda said...

Beautiful!!

Christy said...

OOoh, pretty. I'll have to weigh my shetland yarns that I've been making to see how much fiber I've been cramming on my Joy bobbins... I've been spinning thinner and thinner and thinner.

I started a scarf on size 4 needles with my yarn, and it's got a good drape, not too small for the yarn at all. :D

Stacey said...

I think it came out wonderful!!!! the colors are very pretty - subtle....

Karen said...

It's wonderful, naturally.

I just started socks from what I spun using your crying lot colorway. I LOVE the way they're turning out.

Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

Your handspun is beautiful! I love the quiet shade of color in this one. Such a soft looking yarn.

Bogie said...

Your BFL is gorgeous!

Cynthia said...

I don't care if it is big 'relative to reality,' it is gorgeous!

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