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6. December 2010 12:37
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Yarn Candy Monday: Do not attempt to spin this in the wind...

6. December 2010 12:37 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Ruttiger Fluff PrimeRuttiger is in the midst of another coat-molting event.... and I've been collecting his light, soft, airy fluff very carefully in a box.  I decided I would take it out and weigh it over the weekend - just to see what was there.  Seriously, any excuse at all to touch this lovely fluff!

According to the el-cheapo scale it looks like we have around an ounce and a half... but I haven't plucked his legs, chest or belly much yet.  I'm not sure if that's why the yield is light, or if it's because he is so little yet.  Also, this time, it feels like his second coat grew in a lot more than last time before the primary coat let go.  You can see he is not nearly as bald as he was during last coat blowing season.

The fluff itself is so light... even carrying the container, little wisps fly out and gently float to the floor.  It takes forever for a dropped poof to float down, almost mesmorizing in fact. 

You could never spin this fiber while outside... it would just float away on the breeze!

Ruttiger can't seem to figure out why this bowl smells so familiar... it has a certain scent?!  it smells good, well alright anyways... I'm not sure where I've smelled it before!?  Hmmmmm.

Nobunny said he was the smartest rabbit in the hutch ;)

29. November 2010 09:37
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Lettuce...

29. November 2010 09:37 by Jobo | 3 Comments

I call this yarn... "You don't win friends with salad."  If you know where this is from - you get 2 points!

paige skein

I had originally intended this to be a worsted weight single...   but you know how things never go exactly as planned!  I neglected to take photos of the roving, but it was basically green with splotches of brown, teal blue and yellow.  I thought that since I was planning on doing a single, I would gently card it into some fluffy rolags to blend the colors up a bit.  Apparently my fat single skills are lacking, because when I held it up to a strand of Malabrigo (which was my sample to match) I felt my single was too uneven. 

Now quite honestly, I am hard on myself when it comes to this stuff.  I bet that if I had just knit it up, the finished product would have been fine.  Knitting seems to cover up a multitude of sins, and even out yarns that aren't exactly consistant.  But I got the idea that I could ply the fat single back on itself and get a bulky weight yarn.  I had to weigh my options... skinny-cable mittens with light worsted weight yarn, or big-fat-chunky cable mittens.  I plied about a 3 foot section back on itself and hummed and hawed.

I guess you know which look won out ;)

paiges skein bobbin

This skein overfilled my Ashford Jumbo bobbins.  In fact, I had to do a chunk of it on a regular bobbin, because I had maxxed out the air space around the big bobbin and the darn thing wouldn't turn anymore. The roving was somewhere between 5.5 and 6 ounces, and the yarn is somewhere around 5 - 6 Wraps per Inch.  It looks large like caterpillars, as big as candycanes, the same diameter as a basic ballpoint pen... but it is very lofty and squishable.  I am knitting it on size 5 mm needles, and so far it is looking good.  The smaller needles for the yarn are making a very nice dense, thick fabric - which should be great for warm winter mittens.

paiges skein 2

I wasn't sure if I would like the color of this when it was completed... I worried that the browns would dull the yarn down too much.  My original intent in dyeing this was to make it christmas green, kelly green, really really green.  When it didn't turn out as such, I thought maybe I'd spin it and re-dye it after that, but I kind of like it the way it is?  Reminds me of salad.... *wink wink*

22. November 2010 12:30
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Yarn Candy Monday: Studio Stash Flash!

22. November 2010 12:30 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Some weeks it is harder than others to choose a new yarn for Yarn Candy Monday... this week was a challenging one for me.  Since I recently finished unpacking the studio - here are a few Studio Photos :)  It's really nice to finally have all of my stuff out of the boxes and be able to just walk in and use whatever item I want! 

The "Studio" is actually just a bedroom... with a nice big window and some dedicated space.  What's great about that though, is that I can go to "my room" and play and make messes, and then just shut the door and go back to the rest of the house and nothing is in the way.  It is very freeing to just have a creative space where I can go and play with fiber/fabric/paint/etc.

studio window 

I have lots of shelves and little organizers... places to store little notions, canisters for needles, boxes and totes to display the goodies in, and all sorts of relative junk and treasures.  I have room to spin, a sewing station, paints and brushes, oodles of books for inspiration, and bright colors all around.

studio table 

In this room... my sewing machine stays set up all the time.  If inspiration strikes, I can sit, cut, sew, and create without having to set anything up first.  I hemmed a few pairs of pants yesterday, and while the measuring and pinning was an annoyingly long process, the sewing part was a breeze.  All I had to do was plug her in, choose the bobbin, thread her up and sew the hems.  I was able to do 3 different pairs with 3 different colors of thread in about 15 minutes.  (I won't tell you how long it took to get the pants washed, measured and pinned... it's disgraceful really)

studio shelves closeup

I keep the pretty yarns out on a shelf where I can see them everyday :)  Notice I didn't show the closet?  It's full.  of.  yarn.  I have too much yarn and raw fiber to display all of it, but I have it carefully wrapped and boxed in the closet... just waiting for the right project!

studio shelves

I also keep little baskets of Works-in-Progress and Projects I need to finish or start... I find I need a visual motivator to get moving sometimes! 

I hope you enjoyed seeing my little creative space :)

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