Category Archives: Spinning

I Think I’m Improving

My spinning skills are finally starting to shape up. Those little thick and thin sections are getting less noticeable and my joins aren’t as horrendous as they used to be.

Cloudlover handspun Mosaic

I finished this handspun last week, and I love it! Its the Maison Moderne colorway from Cloudlover69. She has some pretty colorways that I just couldn’t resist. The roving was 4 ounces of a 50% merino/50% bamboo blend. I ended up with exactly 400 yards of heavy fingering weight yarn. Now, what to knit?! (I can see my future bin of handspun yarn piling up pretty high in the near future if I keep this up)

And, I finally have some knitting mojo! I am at the gusset on both of Scott’s socks (I’m working the socks at the same time on different magic loop needles) and have started a fun, colorful new project.

Colorfulnewproject

Any guesses?!

This and That

Since we’ve been back from Chicago, I’ve been going 100 miles an hour (I’ll post a few pictures from the trip soon). The last of the sock club shipments are making their way to the post office tomorrow, yipee! I hope everyone enjoys the new variegated colorway and all the yummy, stripey skeins.

The last few weeks, I have had a hard time finding my knitting mojo. I bought a skein of sock yarn in Chicago and started working on some basic socks for Scott. But, I haven’t seen a project lately that has me all jazzed up. It’s okay, I’m finding a little more time to spin….

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This roving is from Cloudlover in the Maison Moderne colorway. Its a 50 merino/50 bamboo blend that is spinning up wonderfully.

Tonight, I’m heading to a new knitting group with Kristi. Should be fun!

An Ode to Spinning

It had been four or five months since I sat down with my new wheel. Traveling, the holidays, and moving got in the way. Oh yes, I don’t think I mentioned it here, but we moved early January – out of my parents finally and into a small place 7 miles down the road. Anyways, I missed spinning all of a sudden, really missed it! So, two weekends ago, I got the courage up and pulled out the wheel. Here is what happened:

To get the feeling back, I started with a small 1 ounce sample of 100% merino roving from Be Mice Elf. I struggled with this sample, but felt a lot better once finished. I ended up with 68 yards of sportweight yarn, which turned out to be exactly what I needed for Hello Yarn’s Top Down Bonnet pattern.

newbemiceelfhandspunmosaic

Pattern: Top Down Bonnet by Hello Yarn
Yarn: Handspun – Be Mice Elf 100% merino wool
Needles: Addi 32″ US 4
Measurements: Baby size
Started: February 8, 2009
Finished: February 10, 2009
Other Details: Very cool-looking bonnet! For more pictures, you can check them out on flickr.

The story continues…. I then felt comfortable enough to try out one of my most favorite purchased rovings. This is what happens when you spin up Carrie’s Smores superwash roving :

newsmoreshandspunmosaic

I haven’t decided what I’m going to make with the Smores roving yet. I have about 280 yards of sportweight yarn. Any pattern suggestions?

And, lastly, I spun up a new blend I had been wanting to try. Its a 60% merino/40% bamboo mix from Fat Cat Knits. The colors are not quite my style, but I loved them just the same. They remind me of an English Garden:

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I ended up with a little bit more yarn in this skein – about 312 yards. I seem to have this nack for spinning up sportweight yarn now, don’t you think?! I was really worried that I overspun this skein as well. It was coiling a little bit and was stringier than I wanted… but, washing it seemed to make everything all better!

So, was that enough spinning for you?! I’m actually finishing this post while sitting in a hotel room, looking out at the beautiful Chicago skyline. We flew in today for a wedding. Yep, another Chicago wedding! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend – I’ll catch you on the other side!

Handspun Knits

A few months ago, I finally had the desire to knit with my handspun! On our trip to the Canyonlands, I took the 2 ounce sample I spun of the new Sunshine Yarns Roving in the Octoberfest colorway. Remember this? Well, as it turns out, I was able to get a small cowl out of the 160 yards of sport/dk weight. I did a mountain inspired pattern along the edges – it’s sweet and simple and I wear it all the time.


A picture from our hike last weekend in Glenwood Canyon (you can also see the cowl in this picture –

Pattern: My own Canyonlands inspired cowl pattern
Yarn: My handspun yarn; spun from 2 ounces of my new Sunshine Yarns Roving in the Octoberfest colorway
Needles: Addi 16″ circular US5 (3.75mm)
Measurements: About a 20″ circumference, 9″ long
Started: September 20, 2008
Finished: September 29, 2008
Other Details: I wish I had another inch or two in length on this cowl, but it really works as is! If anyone is interested in the pattern specs, feel free to email me.

Last month, I pulled out an even smaller handspun sample of my roving to make a hat for sweet Amelia. I wanted her to have something really special – something I dyed, spun and knit….

Pattern: Football Hat by by Susan B. Anderson; published in Itty Bitty Hats
Yarn: My handspun yarn; spun from 1 ounce of my new Sunshine Yarns Roving in the Vintage colorway
Needles: Addi 16″ circular and DPN’s US6 (4mm)
Measurements: About a 14″ circumference, for a 3-6 month old
Started: November 1, 2008
Finished: November 2, 2008
Other Details: I added the braided ties to the hat to add extra cuteness.

Octoberfest

Fall colors are popping up everywhere!

I spun up 2oz. of the new Sunshine Yarns superwash roving in the Octoberfest colorway. I love it, even though its still pretty thick and thin and my joins were a bit hairy here and there. I have about 160 yards of a light sport weight yarn – what should I make?!

This and the other 11 colorways will be posted in the store on Tuesday, September 16th at 11am EDT. This next week marks the 3rd anniversary of Sunshine Yarns!!… can you believe that!