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13. June 2011 09:21
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Yarn Candy Monday... Belfast Superwash Sock

13. June 2011 09:21 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Belfast Superwash Sock I went up for a drive to Belfast Mini Mills over the weekend... to check out the latest yarns and fibers, but also to get out of the house.  (Might I add, the Mill has a tea room, and some of the best cinnamon buns I've eaten!)

So, knitterjo and I headed out, and wandered up to the mill, chatted with the lovely ladies at the shop, admired some great handcrafts, petted lots of skeins of yarn, "talked" with some of the animals (an especially vocal goat met us at the car) and enjoyed the sunny Saturday.

Among my treasures, I brought home a few skeins of their new Specialty Sock Blend... a nice soft, squishy, bouncy wool and nylon blend.  I really like the feel of this yarn, but it seems too soft and luxurious to be made into socks.  I know it has nylon in it, but it still doesn't feel like it would be hard-wearing enough for the people I make socks for (ahem, husband's father and my dad) though your mileage may vary.  I'd love to hear how this stuff holds up in real day-to-day shoe wear.

I loved this color.  It's purple-liscious.  It's glowing, heathery, periwinkly purply blue.  When we were kids, I remember this being my sister's color.  She has beautiful red hair, and thusly looks excellent in all shades of plum and purple.  I have always loved this color myself too! 

I hope to make something very un-socky with these skeins... maybe an EZ February Baby Sweater or something... time will tell ;)  I'd hate to burden a new mom with a hand-wash wool item... but hey - this IS in fact Superwash, that makes it better... right?

2. May 2011 08:47
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Yarn Candy Monday - Superfine Finery

2. May 2011 08:47 by Jobo | 0 Comments

On my quest for the Haapsalu Shawl..... I've been looking at various fine yarns, to try and find some suitable product to try a prototype shawl before I set out to spin my own and make one entirely from scratch!  I found this soft, white, superfine beauty from Webs!  It's Filatura Di Crossa - Centolavaggi... a 2 ply, very fine, Italian superwash Merino lace yarn.  How fine?  100 g has 1531 yards... hopefully an acceptable amount for a very Nupp embellished full sized Haapsalu Shawl.  Time will tell... I guess :)

filatura di crossi white yarn fine

filatura di crossi white yarn

This stuff is so light and fine... it practically floats in your hand!  The winding process was fairly straightforward (i.e. no knots or messes) but because of the fantastic yardage - took the better part of an hour!  The Merino is very bouncy and luxurious :)  I hope it works out fine for the desired project.

18. April 2011 08:24
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Yarn Candy Monday: Persimmon Seasilk Merino Blend

18. April 2011 08:24 by Jobo | 3 Comments

 

persimmon seasilk wool handspun

The Persimmon Seasilk yarn is completed.... washed, balled, and ready to go now.  I love the oranges and reds that came out of it.

The fiber was a braid of Waterloo Wools - Seasilk / Merino Blend, in many shades of orange and red... colors that I love, but don't tend to gravitate towards in the same ways as my earth tones of blue, green, and brown.  The fiber itself was a delight to spin, and was fun as a travel spinning project.  I used my Golding Dragonfly spindle, spun from the fold one little tuft at a time from one end of the braid to the other, most of the work done on my lunch breaks or coffee breaks.  A few minutes here and there really adds up!

I didn't measure the entiretly of the yardage, but am estimating that I have around 700 yards of medium Laceweight, with some slightly fluctuating thick and thin spots.

This is destined to become a semicircular shawl - Vernal Equinox!  I've cast on, but only just barely.

More pics to come :)

 

persimmon seasilk wool handspun ball

I can't wait to see how this will stripe up and see how the colors will arrange themselves!

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