Friday, September 18, 2009

Handspun Friday - sw Merino

Just one thing before we get to the fiber: If you work with a hungry puppy, training him with kibble, make sure the first word he learns is "gentle" or else get a steel glove. Just saying.

gift from Marianne Cant

At the beginning of August Marianne surprised me with this superwash merino fiber in a very unusual colorway. I was not sure how to spin it until I opened the braid. It screamed to be navajo plied with long color repeats. So that's what I did. Why make it complicated, when it's telling you what to do. Just a couple of weeks later I spun this up in a hurry. It was such a pleasure to spin merino, since I've been spinning much rougher fiber lately.

sw Merino, navajo plied ~ 392yds, fiber was gift from Marianne

I was going to knit with it right away, but as always other things got in the way. It's been close to a month now, since I've spun something. I hope I'll be back to spinning soon. I miss it. It's relaxing, and I just like to make yarn, thinking about what it could be some day.

sw Merino, navajo plied ~ 392yds, fiber was gift from Marianne-2

This yarn is a little bit of a challenge for me, because it's so colorful. I think it would be perfect for a baby item, but I've filled my quota for this year.

fiber: sw merino, 4oz from Fluff-n-Stuff
yarn: ~ 392yds navajo plied

See what I've to look forward to? That's stuff from Fluff-n-Stuff, and the funny looking batt was another freebie!

100g BFL Silk 70-30 by Fluff-n-Stuff 110g BFL Silk 70-30 by Fluff-n-Stuff free gift from Fluff-n-Stuff 50g batt merino, cashmere, nylon, corriedale, BFL very soft stuff

I really can't wait to get back to spinning!

Now I go put some band-aids on my hand.



dillpickle said...

Ouch! That yarn is really pretty. I love the colourway, and can't wait to see how it knits up. Lovely :-)

Queen of the Tea Cosies said...

Those colours! Hmm mmmmm! Delicioso! And your spinning is like your lace - exquisitely executed.

Alexandra said...

Oh no! I hope your hand doesn't hurt too bad! The yarn is lovely!

Renata S. P. said...

That's beautiful!!! I love, love, LOVE these colors!
One day, I'll be able to do my own handspun, just like you do =)

Have a nice weekend!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Gorgeous Yarn you've spun there! Those colors would make a cute toy for a little girl or poncho for a little girl. I don't know any little girls but I'm always thinking - LOL

The advice we received about "biting" when Alex was young (from a vet no less) was to, in essence, bite back. He suggested a small pinch in the cheek. It's been many years so I no longer remember how that worked out.

Paula said...

That handspun is totally yummy!

Laura said...

Is there enough yardage for a bag? Like the one you crocheted earlier in the year or maybe a folding market bag with a solid bottom and icord handles? I love the colors & the way you spun it! So pretty!

Susan said...

Pretty yarn and fiber!

And about dog training, you can also teach "leave it" by holding a piece of kibble in your closed fist and holding it out to the dog. He'll try to gobble your fist at first but as soon as he makes the slightest movement away from your hand, click and open your hand to give the treat. They learn really quickly that they get fed when they pull away from your hand. Then you have "leave it" for all kinds of situations.

hannah said...

Lovely colours!! Especially the purple ones (of course).

Puppies have sharp teeth, haven't they.

Life's a Stitch said...

Oops, you know puppy will learn with time.

I LOVE those colours. They help me feel happy.

Monica aka Gloria Patre said...

You make me want to run out and buy some new fiber!! Such gorgeous colors! Your spinning looks so even! Awesome!

illusions said...

It's so beautiful! I can imagine all the fun you must have had spinning it. Knitting will be even better I know.

Debra said...

Now that is one nice fleece you the colourway...and the overalls...too cute :)