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12. October 2010 08:15
by Jobo
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Hairdo... Ruttiger belongs back in the 80s?

12. October 2010 08:15 by Jobo | 0 Comments

RUttiger oct 4 2010 tent flock of seagulls

The little Bun Bun was playing out on the deck last week... running and playing and jumping around... He looks pretty cute!  Someone pointed out though how his wave bangs looked like the 80s "Flock of Seagulls" look.  I was born in 1981, so I wasn't really up on all of the hot hairstyles of the 80s (I do however remember side ponytails, neon bike shorts, and many of the other delightful trends, lol)  so I decided I would look it up just for a laugh.  Bazinga!  It's a little uncanny... Hillarious!

7. September 2010 10:36
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Yarn Candy Monday: Cashmere Angora 2-ply Heaven

7. September 2010 10:36 by Jobo | 0 Comments

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I love my Russian Spindle... and also the yarns I've been able to spin with it!  This lovely little pile of fluff was my first real amount of yarn made and plied on the Russian - One ply of Angora with one ply of Cashmere!

upclose angora cashmere3 The skein is so light it practically floats off whatever surface is is sitting on! I have two, but I already wound one into a ball so I can start knitting with it asap! (this one is 27 grams... approximately 200 yards)

From 30g of Angora and about 50g of Cashmere I've been able to make around 350 - 375 yards of fine 2-ply.  Some of the sections are a bit thinner than others, but overall they average out to be around a lace weight.

The angora has a light soft halo, and when plied with the creamy cashmere the final yarn color is somewhere around a smoky dusky beige.

I'm really happy with the way this has turned out!  This was my first real attempt at using angora fiber on it's own.  I had done some blended projects with a little angora blended in with other wools, but I hadn't used the fiber pure on it's own.  I really enjoyed the spinning of this little yarn - both the angora and the cashmere parts - and I can't wait to start knitting something out of it!  350 yards should be enough to make a narrow lacy scarf or something!

1. February 2010 05:55
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Sheepish Creations... nothing short of Magical!

1. February 2010 05:55 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Sheepish Creations BFL

Sheepish Creations - 100% Hand painted BFL (4 oz)

While Surfing on Etsy.... (don't do this unless you have room for MORE BEAUTIFUL FIBER) I came a across a great little store:  Sheepish Creations - a great little fiber store featuring hand dyed fibers and handspun yarns from a very creative mother and daughter team of fiber artists!

I was particularly intrigued by their "Mystery Colorway" listings... basically for 4 oz hanks of various fibers (i.e. Corriedale and BFL) in unique mystery colors.  I often buy fibers that are photographed and described listings, but this was the first time I felt compelled to order "Surprise Fiber."

I have been really inspired by other spinners lately who choose braids of hand dyed fiber in colorways that I don't seem to be drawn to (browns, oranges, etc) and somehow come up with amazing beautiful hanks of yarn!  I thought, hey why not!  I'll get some lovely fiber, and someone else will choose the color for me... give me a chance to step outside the box!

Sheepish Creations Corriedale2Sheepish Creations - 100 % Hand painted Corriedale (8 oz) 

I was ecstatic when the box finally arrived!  (I *might* have freaked for a few minutes thinking that it was my "Death Socks" for Sock Wars V until I saw the postmarks and such)  The colors are VERY vibrant, and both fibers are soft and fluffy and bouncy!  I have to seriously fight the urge to bury my face in each of them every time I walk by!  The lovely Ladies of Sheepish Creations must have advanced re-fluffing diplomas because these braids are so lofty and light!  I'd love to know the technique to get such heavenly results! (hint hint!)

I'm not sure what these will become yet... but I'm sure I will have fun petting them and daydreaming of what they will be "when they grow up" into yarn later on this month.  I'll keep you posted as the spinning unfolds!  Needless to say, I will definitely be ordering more of this stuff... exceptional quality and enchanting colors!

If it wasn't for Iron Knitter and Sock Wars, I would have jumped right into the spinning.  I am showing *much* restraint!  Don't you Think?  How do you resist the urge to dive into a new project?  are you a Monogamous knitter/spinner?

For more info about Sheepish Creations... click the banner below!  Thanks for the Great Fiber Ladies!

 

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