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8. September 2010 08:00
by Jobo
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Spinning Alaskan Malamute... Making Progress

8. September 2010 08:00 by Jobo | 1 Comments

ball of malamute yarnI finally have enough yarn spun to make the hat... I think!  Things have been crazy around our house the last few weeks with a friend's wedding, and a few unforeseen events ("Earl" and some impromptu home renos) and I was feeling like I really wasn't making enough progress on my commissioned projects.

<-- this is my latest skein... 50/50 Alaskan Malamute / Merino - approximately 125 yds somewhere between Sport and Worsted weight traditional 3-ply.

Samiah's owner and I had decided a few weeks ago on a slightly lacy texture for our hat/mitts/cowl set - using a common diagonal lace pattern as the cornerstone.  I found a few patterns that fit the description, but I will have to adapt them all in some way I think to make it all come together.  The cowl and hat are fairly straightforward, but I think the mittens will require the most tweaking of the bunch.

Either way, it feels good to be making a little progress.  After the skein was washed and hung to dry, I got my workstation ready:  Subject measurements, measuring tape, various sized needles, pattern examples, chocolate bar... and when the yarn was dry and skeined, I set out on the hat. 

More hat pictures later in the week :)  I've finished the cuff, and I'm already about 3 inches up into the main body of the hat!

7. September 2010 10:36
by Jobo
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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!

30. August 2010 13:21
by Jobo
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Cashmere... oh my!

30. August 2010 13:21 by Jobo | 0 Comments

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I keep hearing about how wonderful cashmere is as a fiber.  I've fondled cashmere clothing in fancy stores and touched a few cashmere blend yarns, but this is my first time working with pure cashmere fiber!

I tried to photograph the fiber itself, but white fluffy things just don't seem to show well with my camera...  The fiber is some 100% Cashmere roving that I bought from Belfast Mini Mills last month.  I bought a bag of 2 oz to try, and clearly I should have gone with the bigger bag because this stuff is wonderful to spin on the Russian spindle!

The soft and airy fluff is made up of a relatively short staple, and drafts apart like a dream.  It was very easy to achieve a uniform thin single.  In fact I managed to spin up 0.5 ounces in only a few evenings... each handful just drifted by!

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angoraandcashmereNext step will be to ply this yummy cashmere single with the devilishly soft 100% angora single I finished last week...  Angora and Cashmere yarn - the absolute height of soft fuzzy decadence!

I think I might end up with a little bit more of the angora than the cashmere... just looking at the skeins... but it's hard to tell because the cashmere spun up a little thinner than the other.  I figure I'll try and ply them first, and if I run out of cashmere I'll have to spin a little more.  I had a feeling that 0.5 ounces of cashmere might feel a little different spun than 0.5 ounces of angora would...

More to come :)

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