Monday, March 31, 2008

Fun Weekend Spinning

Did some fun spinning this weekend..... The skein above is a single alpaca blend plied with a gold flecked Wooly Nylon serger thread. I threaded about 300 gold and pearl beads onto the thread before I plied. I thought I had about a hundred yards of the white all spun up and figured I wanted a bead every foot. For some reason I came out with beads left on my thread but think that this looks nice. Maybe the left over beads need to go on some black now. Think that will be today's spin. I listed this in my store here.

This was also a fun spin. Remember the Tulip inspired roving that I dyed last week. Here is some of it. I couldn't resist it! I still have a couple ounces left. This was experimentation - It's a single. The thread that you see, I just added as I was spinning the thick and thin, slubby single. I never spin singles because I'm always worried about the finished knitted project slanting - and after knitting this little swatch (there's that dirty word, Cary), yep, it will slant. It's here in my Etsy shop. I hope you don't think I'm blatantly promoting because that's not why I have my blog. It's only if you want to see more picture. Really!
Remember you can click on a picture to enlarge and see all those happy slubs.

And here's the guy responsible for all this. Okko. Yea! Okko! The fiber is from the blend that I picked up last week at Zeilingers. 75% alpaca, 20% merino, and 5% mohair.


6 comments:

knittedgems.com said...

Your gold flecked alpaca looks stunning!

Marianne said...

You've been busy!

I love the beads on the alpaca and the Springtime homespun.

Merily said...

Lovely lovely yarns! I love how the first one has beads in it- it gives a really neat effect. :)

Crazy Lady with purple fingers said...

Your yarns are beautiful!! I have not used beads in my handspun for awhile but looking at yours I am getting inspired to spin one of my own. I never spin and use singles either for some reason. Do they still slant after you have washed and set them? Will have to give it a try.

island sweet said...

what wonderful experiments! we all have to keep playing...

Femme Details said...

Your yarns are beautiful! The alpaca yarn is very soft and warmy

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