Friday, April 03, 2009
Handspun Friday - Roses in the Snow
Roses in the Snow, 5.6oz
Dave is in Happy Hooves Sock Batt Club from Enchanted Knoll. The February Club Batts were called "Roses in the Snow". He felt he didn't like the colores for himself, so he offered them to me. I saw finished yarn from these batts on ravelry, and liked the shiny sparkliness of it, and so I agreed to take it off his hands, and traded some FatCatKnits fiber I had in my stash.
Well the batts came, and he snuck in this gorgeous sock yarn as well! I've always wanted to give Dream in Color Smooshy a try! Thanks, Dave!
Here are the batts all spun up. Each batt had lots of sparkle in them. I started with the pink one. It was really easy to spin, which made me question my dislike of batts. Next up was the whitish batt. This one was a major PIA to spin, and it confirmed my opinion about spinning batts. All I wanted was just to get through it. I think for batts to be spun nicely they have to be carded many times. The white stuff was just horrible. Last was the yellow batt, which sparkled golden on the bobbin, it was in between the other too. Not a total mess, but not as easy as the pink stuff either. I was really glad when I was done with it.
With all that sparkle and glitter stuff going on I expected the finished yarn to sparkle like a lit Christmas tree, but to tell you the truth, I was disappointed with the finished yarn. It looks all frezzled and worn. It got too much twist as well, because I didn't realize that the lazy Kate was holding on too tight until I was almost done with it.
These batts were supposed to be spun as 3-ply for socks. Well it's 3-ply already and there's enough yardage to make socks and than some. I don't know what I'll do with it, this one's just a twisted mess, and I think the fiber is too soft for socks.
fiber: Roses in the Snow, 5.6oz (don't know what's in it, besides glitter stuff), Happy Hooves Sock Batt Club, from Enchanted Knoll, February 2009
yardage: 565yds, 3-ply
Sam's ever so helpful, always underfoot. :o)
Biko's never far away either. Both start to snore as soon as I start pedaling.
Here's it one more time with some lace yarn I dyed. Last year around this time I dyes some yarn, two skeins of lace weight yarn among them. This year I took them out and didn't like how plotchy they were, so I overdyed them. The color in this picture is pretty accurate. It's KnitPicks Bare lace weight merino, 880yds a skein. I like it much better now, that it is almost solid.