Blending fibers

One of my biggest pleasures of spinning is the fiber preparation that goes beforehand. Finding the right compliment that won’t overshadow each of the fibers that I have chosen to blend together can be a little tricky with some risks involved. Here is where planning, discovery, and a little bit of serendipity takes me to new appreciations where my own expectations takes a second role.

But that is exactly what makes it fun and almost addictive. And I know I’m not rediscovering the wheel here, but I still jump screaming  “Eureka” when I get something soft and pretty. I’ve been spinning a batt lately made with Icelandic lambswool, alpaca and border leicester.

I find the alpaca and the soft undercoat (thel) of the Icelandic similar in softness and it produces a yarn with a pretty halo that I suspect will be just more obvious once I soak it and  full it.

This is another good combination:

Gotland, Wensleydale and Mohair, and all three of them take the dye with so much vibrance. I have about 7 more pounds of the Gotland to go through, so I hope to post more of my progress before I find another thing to do…

Shop updated…After reshooting once again!

Yesterday I lost all my pictures including the latest pics that I took of my new roving. I had to do it all over again. I really don’t mind doing it again, but I can’t stop thinking of the pictures I lost of my family and special moments with friends. I’m still hoping that they are somewhere in that little box that contains my external drive. Oh well..

On the other hand, I got my shop updated with new colorways and fibers. I’m so happy with the results. I have Milk Protein Fiber, and a wonderful blend of 63% Kid Mohair 12% Nylon and 25% Merino wool. Both new to my shop. The Mohair blend is sooooo soft and for some reason I keep saying it is so silky.

Galah. Sold! 100% Milk Protein Fiber. This fiber is also very soft. It almost feel like liquid.

Bougainvillea. Sold. 100% Milk Protein Fiber

Bella. Sold. This is the new blend of 63% Kid Mohair 12% Nylon and 25% Merino wool. I’m very excited about this fiber.

Mokume. Milk Protein Fiber.

Snapdragon. Sold. 100% Superfine Merino

Flopsy Bunnies. Sold. 63% Kid Mohair 12% Nylon and 25% Merino wool.  I did this colorway for my January Phat Fiber Box Samples.

Peter Rabbit. Sold.  Another colorway for my January Phat Fiber Sample Box.

Also I would like my readers to know that Phat Fiber is giving a Super Phat Fiber Box this month and  when you buy something from me, you can enter your purchase on this Ravelry thread for the giveaway.

http://ravelry.com/discuss/phat-fiber-sampler-box/topics/966440

If you haven’t join Ravelry yet,  it is very easy and free. There is a great crochet, spinning and knitting community out there.

It’s true that we don’t know what we’ve got until we lose it, but it’s also true that we don’t know what we’ve been missing until it arrives.

I don’t know who said that, but I like it…

Le Tour de Fleece 09

This is day 10th already and although I have manage to spin almost every day, posts haven’t been made for this matter. Summer seems to be a bit hectic, as the days gets warmer (finally) everybody wants to go out! (including me). Sweet and sour margaritas have been the drink of choice but reds have been very welcomed too. I’m still waiting for the perfect hot weather to be completely fulfilled as the fog has been refusing to leave town. Enough of bla, bla, bla… I want to show what I have done so far. Finally some of the Yak (yes… THE YAK) has been spun into a double plyed yarn. I managed to spin two skeins! 140 yards for skein number one and 148 yards for skein number two.

Yak

I’m a little disappointed that even though the downy fiber is very soft, the finished yarn is not particularly soft. I was wondering if I’m over spinning my singles or what. The yarn is not prickly at all, but is not squishy as my expectation was. I would love to hear comments about it… Because I would like to know what I’m doing wrong…

Corridale

This is corridale plyed with a peachy silk thread. 76 yards. This is a lovely fiber to spin with. I have another version where I core spun the fiber and then plyed with the same thread as above. The finished yarn has a nice shine. 160 yards

Core spun then plyed with silk yarn

Mohair

I like this yarn a lot, because the color and how soft it is. This fiber was purchased from Dyeing of colour. I got 102 yarn for 2 ounces of this lovely fiber.

Local Mohair

This is mohair from a local source. I called this the Evil Monster. Spun on the lock. 52 yards…

Total amount of yarn spun so far (counting the 2 plyed yak as the finished skein):  678 yards!!! I would love to hear how many yards have you spun so far…

P.S. I still have more Yak to spin. More than 1/2 of the pound… The bag is half full.

Whatever accomplishment you boast of in the world, there is someone better than you.

African proverb

Little update

I just update some roving in my Etsy shop. Wensleydale has been a really good seller! No wonder, I love spinning with it! Any way, I just put more Superwash Merino and Mohair roving for the first time. Don’t forget, you can always click at the pictures to get redirected to my shop.

Wildflowers

Wildflowers. This is 100% superwash. Really nice and fluffy!

Flower BouquetFlower Bouquet. 100% Superwash merino

Alfalfa

This roving is 100% Mohair from Texas.  Is incredible soft and soooo silky to the touch…