One Crazy Fiber Lady

The ramblings of a fiber-affected single mother of twins who makes a living as a code monkey

One Crazy Fiber Lady

Pound of Love

May 21st, 2008 · 6 Comments

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..ew, not that horrible yarn, that dreaded ass-crylic (thanks Kim for that name!).  No, this is much better yarn.  This is my handspun.  The first handspun off the new Ladybug too.

I haven’t yet measured the yardage in these two huge skeins of yarn so no, I haven’t a clue what I’ve got.¬† One ply is the Mystery Bump from Still River Mill.¬† The other is BFL from Little Barn.¬† Both fibers were purchased this year at MDSW.¬† I know, I’m shocked too.¬† I did the spinning in about a week.¬† Saturday I pulled out the Fricke eSpinner, dug up a couple of empty Majacraft WW bobbins and got busy.¬† Over the course of 3 hours I filled up 3 bobbins completely and finished all the singles while I watched The Tudors on Showtime.¬† (I LOVE that show!!!!).¬† Sunday I used the skeiner for Suzie and wound off the bobbins.¬† I joined two of them to make that massive skein on the left.¬†¬† After three days of hanging about, the yarn is finally dry.¬† I might actually try and figure out how much I have.¬† It’s about a worsted weight. I have no doubts that I’ll have enough yardage to make the little miss a cardi out of it.¬† I’m planning a top down raglan for her.¬† She’s requested ties like my recent sweater.¬† I can honor that request!¬† Now that clapo-two is done, I can get to work on this for her.

In between futzing with the blog and updating the template finally (I’d been using the default Kubrick theme since moving to WordPress in January – kind of embarassing for someone who makes their living doing web work eh?) I decided what lace I want to do for the coming season of lace.¬† Call it a convergence of yarn and pattern.

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First I saw a link to an indie dyer’s Etsy store while reading the SOL board on Ravelry.¬† The colors in the banner just drew my mouse to it and I was powerless in avoiding the click.¬† A few more clicks and I found THE yarn.¬† (Picture from ColorfulSheep).¬† That is 1750 yards of dyed laceweight merino.¬† I’m a sucker for laceweight merino.¬† Not to mention completely incapable of using stash yarn, but I digress.

Mystic Waters Shawl

Anyway, after being compelled to order that yarn, I knew the right pattern for its deep blue goodness:¬† Mystic Waters!¬† I’ve seen a bunch of these done on Ravelry and throughout my blog travels (of which I’m terribly behind right about now) and just adore it.¬† (Picture is naturally not mine – but click for bigness).¬† I’m really looking forward to working on this!¬† I wonder if I can whip out Kat’s sweater before the SOL starts.¬† Hmmm…

Craft on!

Tags: Lace · Spinning · Stash Enhancement

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nancy // May 21, 2008 at 10:29 am

    I love the new blog look. So clean and bright!

    That blue is to die (or dye as it were;) ) for. I can’t wait to see the finished product. It is perfect for Mystic Waters

  • 2 Rosa // May 21, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    That is an amazing little Ladybug–quite an accomplishment in a short time. You did say it is a dream to spin because it causes no pain. Hmmm, I may have made a wrong wheel purchase.

    That blue is so electrifying. I love the combination of the yarn to the pattern. I can’t wait to see your results.

  • 3 Kim // May 21, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Love the blog’s new look! Excellent. As for that truck load of handspun, WHOA! Gorgeous! That really is a pound of love!

  • 4 Kelli // May 21, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    I heart the new site look. You have been very busy spinning, you make it easy to consider buying a wheel.

    The blue lace weight is fab. Enjoy the shawl.

  • 5 Deborah // May 22, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Wow! Look at the shawl. It is gorgeous and look at all the little different details. This is one to surely keep you on your toes.

  • 6 JessaLu // May 27, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    That will be one gorgeous shawl when it’s done!

    I can’t believe you filled three bobbins in three hours – I’m jealous! ;o)