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  • knitting1105 2:46 pm on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alpaca fiber, Corriedale, ,   

    Big bag of fiber 

    On New Years Day my wonderful husband willingly agreed to drive 60 miles each way with me to a yarn and fiber shop in Marengo, Illinois, The Fold (the only one in the area with a great spinning and fiber selection).  We drove out, and he patiently waited while I chose some new fibers to spin up.  Here is a sample of what I got that day, haven’t started with any of it yet.

    The light blue is Merino with Tencel (2# worth!), the natural (8 oz) and dark blue (4 oz) I cannot remember what the wool was (no tags), the pink with glitter is Bluefaced Leicester & Glitz (8 oz), and the tangerine color is 82% Corriedale wool/18% Alpaca (3 oz).

    I also got this superwash handyed roving from Helen Mathey-Horn, 8 ounces.  That will become a pair of socks for myself.

    We met an interesting woman who was shopping there; she told us of her 12 spinning wheels, tons of fiber, and she has not spun in 6 years.  The information that she shared with us was great, but I didn’t ask why she was there, and purchasing more fiber if she had not been spinning for years.  She explained all the whorl ratios to my husband, and the different spinning and plying methods.  He was greatly interested, and admitted to me how he could see that I might want 2, maybe three wheels with one being a traveling wheel (I said that he was wonderful!), but we couldn’t quite get where she was coming from.

    I am also waiting on some fibers being shipped to me that I got over the weekend when Dizzy Sheep had a spinning extravaganza sale.  I think that I have enough, lest people start questioning me also.

    • Marushka 6:46 pm on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      All I can say is WOW! You lucky woman — so much pretty fiber to spin and a husband who gets the (dare I call it) addiction. Mine has agreed to get me the jumbo flyer for my Kromski wheel for Valentine’s Day. A good romance never fades 🙂


  • knitting1105 12:49 am on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    WIP Wednesday 

    I am posting an old photo as my work in progress for today.  That is because this project sat on the shelves, in a box, in a knitting bag, on the floor, on the table, and out of my mind for 15 months.  When I went back to it, I continued working on the sleeves that I had started, and made good progress.  Then I moved to the body, as I was hoping to make it longer than the pattern called for.  As I was knitting away, I noticed one hole, then two, then three.  I don’t think that it was moths, just weak yarn.  So, I tore it back, and my progress matches this photo from 2009, after a full days work, except that I have one sleeve done in addition to the 2/3 rd’s one shown.  So much for moving along.  But, at least I found the problem prior to finishing it all up.  Thank God for spit splices!

    • lazykaty 3:55 am on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      very lovely, amazing colours, too!


    • Christy 7:50 am on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I like the colorwork. It is very pretty.


    • Leah 8:49 am on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Very pretty 🙂


    • Marushka 10:23 am on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I am in awe of your color work skill, and very glad something so beautiful is no longer hiding in a box!


    • Paula @ KnitandSeek 11:11 am on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Gorgeous. And good for you for digging it out and working on it again. It’s so hard for me to go back once I put something down for a while. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!


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