Thank you for your support to the Children's Literacy Initiative. I only dyed 8 skeins, but they all sold thanks to you!
Thank you again and a big shout out to Countess Ablaze!
So if you do not know Countess Ablaze, well you should! She has put together a whole slew of dyers and designers who have come together to donate to their charity of choice. Please read her blog post about why she put it together ! I joined and dyed this colorway:
It is called If I want Exposure, I'll Get My Tits Out - For a Better Tomorrow. It is dyed on Shoal, which is a merino/nylon sock base. 20% of sales of this colorway will be donated to the Children's Literacy initiative. Being a mom of a 6 yr old boy who hates to read while I love it is hard. I hope as he grows and learns to read better that he will love to read. My husband has a reading disability and also hates to read, but still he reads to our son every other night. This colorway will launch on July 1st at 8am (hopefully!). I am going to try to update before the day really starts and after breakfast! There are lots of other dyers and designers, so please check them out as well!!
So I have been spinning some Corriedale that I have had around for a while. I combed the fiber to aim for a worsted yarn. This is what I got.
I got 600 yards (a bit more but close enough) and it weighs a little over 8 oz. I am not very happy with it as it is kinda fuzzy. I really wanted a smooth yarn. It is though quite shiny! Now my only problem is I have no idea what to knit with it! Ideas?? Help!!
At 10 am today there will be a yarn update. It will be all Wickies! I hope you enjoy the new colors!
The next update will be Shoal. If you have any colors you want to see on that base drop me a line!
So I have been spinning a lot (and knitting too) with an attempt to become a better spinner. I combed some Corriedale fleece that looks like this:
It combs up beautifully into yummy top
At first I took some top and drum carded it along with some nylon. I spun a DK weight 14 wpi yarn. It is 3 ounces of Corriedale and 1 ounce of nylon of woolen yarn.
Next I want to spin a worsted yarn with the Corriedale. It is probably my weakest spinning method. I am not very good about not allowing twist into my drafting fiber. I have been trying really hard at shortish draw and not allowing twist to enter my draft. This is what I have so far.
But do you see how fuzzy it is! I am getting a bit discouraged. I might look into a spinning class or something to help. I do like spinning woolen and getting fluffy yarns, but I would like to be able to get a smooth worsted yarn as well. See you next week with hopefully some better spinning!
Sometimes I go through lulls where I feel uninspired. I really wanted to do the makenine2018 projects on Instagram, but I am a pretty slow knitter. So I decided to do a make spinnine2018. Now I will probably spin more than this, but these are my inspirations. Spins that I really really look forward to!
From left to right and top to down we have: InglenookFibres, Kid Mohair, Pigeonroof studios, Alpaca, Another InglenookFibres, Merino, Hedgehog Fibres, Corriedale, and JulieSpins. Whenever I am feeling a little blue I might take out some of that fiber and start to prep it. I do not have projects in mind, but they are fibers and colors that really speak to me! I already started combing the Corriedale (bottom middle). I have quite a lot of it washed and do not know how much I should comb.
I also really want to take a Masters Spinning class but cant seem to find one near me. I thought that it would be really neat and I would love to get some advice on how to improve my spinning. I started spinning like 12ish years ago and taught myself with youtube lol. I probably have some pretty bad habits! My biggest problem is I have a hard time spinning short draw worsted yarn. I usually end up with a semi-worsted. I am going to try to spin the Corriedale worsted as I think that will really lend to its shine and durability. I just need to be really careful not letting any spin into my drafting. I do like a short long draw usually with twist entering my draft, so all of my yarn ends up being woolen or semi-woolen. I want this to be perfectly worsted though! So onto the combing I go!
So last week I found out that my son only had three weeks of school left. In the beginning of the year I told myself I was going to knit my sons teacher and the TA hats...well that didn't happen...so it was a mad dash this past week!
First up I finished the Hinagiku Hat by 87knit on Ravelry. It was a pretty quick knit on Tender which is a non superwash merino. It is so soft and squishy! I used the color Lighthouse Grey.
Next up for my sons teacher is Jason's Cashmere Hat by Melissa Thomson on Ravelry. I used the color Kelp on Tender and knit it along with a lace weight alpaca that I hand dyed a dark green. It is so soft and plush.
I am on the fence about Tender. I really like this base. Being non superwash means it was not processed by chemicals. Also being that it is 19.5 micron means it is so soft. It is not like wool for felting that is rough. I would say it feels like a superwash yarn except it isn't! I think Woolfuls post on the chemicals and process that wool goes through to be superwash is super informative. I would check it out. That being said I talked to another indie dyer who once dyed non superwash but stopped because the demand just is not there. So while I love this base it is most likely going to be discontinued.
So I was on Instagram and I saw this cool way to dye roving. I do not remember who it was but it was AWESOME. You see prior to this I would dye each fiber separately and it would kind of take a long time. This way is sooo much faster!
its Awesome!! I cook all the colors in separate mason jars. Since I only dye enough for me to spin this makes it sooo easy! I dyed about 5 oz of merino, 1 oz of silk, and then blended it with maybe an ounce of natural grey alpaca to get this:
My one complaint is that I think I added too much grey but it is soft and pastel! I core spun it to make this:
I got about 75 yards total. Now I just need to make something with it!! I am thinking a cowl since I am not sure I have enough for a scarf. What do you think!
First up is the new color Party Pegasus, shown alongside Beach Party.
Party Pegasus is a pink base with loads neon speckles. I just love how it turned out. Next in the update is Cliffside Rose, a new purple Hecate and Pier.
Unfortunately I had to purchase more of the Wickies (BFL/Nylon) base to do this update, and since my last purchase the price of the undyed yarn has increased, so sadly these and future Wickies skeins will be priced to reflect that change.
I am planning another Wickies update in two weeks. Hopefully I can update every 2 weeks or so. If there is a color you want to see let me know! I am happy to be back dying and look forward to all the projects!
It has been a long time. I will try to condense it down to something that makes some sort of sense. Last year was really rough and in August we moved to New Hampshire. I thought when 2018 started for some reason life was going to change, but nothing happened. The calendar just rolled over. I was expecting rainbows and unicorns and what I got was just another day.
Between attempting to unpack boxes (which is still not done) and the part time job I picked up I lost a lot of enthusiasm for anything and everything. I got thrown into a new town, left my friends, got a part time job, and life just seemed to be down with no up in sight.
For a long time I just got up , got my son ready for school, went to work, made dinner, and went to bed. I hardly spun, knit, dyed, or did anything. Slowly I have been trying to get some enthusiasm back. Today I got some yarn in the mail to dye. Which I am really excited about.
I have also been on the hunt for a new lace to replace Catwalk. I have also been thinking of changing my brand name, since we moved from Little Compton to New Hampshire. Part of me likes the name and the hard work we put into it, but part of me just wants to kinda start over a little. I am hoping for an update in a month. It will be a Wickies update for sure. Hopefully I can shake this funk off and get back to doing things I enjoy.