Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Hand Dyed and Spun

I did some dyeing over my short summer break. I spun up the some of the rovings I dyed this week.

Below is natural colored singles- the roving was dyed with wiltons

The yarn pictured below was spun from roving that I just splashed with dye in random order. I was amazed at how different the final product looked from the roving. I plied it with sparkley thread. Yummy. It reminds me of a cream saver.

This is my first time really handpainting roving. I did it with kool aid. Then spun up two bobbins of singles and plied them together. I think that it turned out very cool.

Oh and I saw the funniest movie trailer EVER on craftster. This movie is real. They really have run out of things to make movies about. haha. I can't figure out how to put it on my blog- so here's the link-

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Final grades

I just got my final grades for spring quarter and I made the Dean's List!!! Yay!!! I start school again on monday, then at the end of the summer I have a month off. I am going to take next summer off... maybe.

I did tons of gauge swatches with that purple handspun for the two tone shrug and I am WAAY off gauge. I think I have decided to make a winter set from all those skeins. Some convertable fetchings with fingers, a scarf, a hat you know. Maybe I could do the two tone shrug in cascade 220 in a matching color and put the ribbing on in my handspun... That might be cute... I need to take some of my yarn to the LYS and see what goes well with it.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Sparkley Goodness + 3rd Silk/Merino Skein

I am seriously obsessed with plying with thread. So quick, Yet so BEAUTIFUL!!!! Here's what I made tonight- blueish purple sheep shed studio superwash- plied with shiny metalic thread- YUMMY!

I also made another one of those delicious silk/merino skeins that I have been working on with the plans of knitting or crocheting a shrug. I think after I make one more skein I will get started. I am really leaning toward the two tone shrug from fitted knits- expect with all the same color. Hmmmm....

I really need to force my boyfriend to take a picture of me wearing my finished crystal lace bolero. I wore it to a party on friday and this girl came up to me and said "I love your shirt! I have been looking at it all night thinking about how cool it is". She didn't even know I made it! I was really happy :)

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Technicolor Dream Yarn

I made some really cool yarn today. My wheel is acting weird, but I think I have identified the problem and it's easily fixable. Anyhow, I decided that plying with thread looks amazing, so I got a few different cool looking threads from michaels the other day. I got rainbow, white sparkley, and silver sparkley. I spun up some sheed shep superwash and plied it with the rainbow color and it looks amazing! I love it!!!! I need to figure something out to make with it. hmmmmm... Any suggestions?

I also finished my second crystal lace bolero. It is SO cute. I am going to frog the first one and make it in a size small like the second one. I have to wait and get someone to take pictures of me- because I cannot get a good shot of it by myself. I really like it alot though :)

Saturday, June 2, 2007

A few new skeins...

I have been really busy with school this week- writing my final papers and studying for my exam, but I spun up two skeins. The one below is from the green singles in the last post. I hand dyed the roving green and spun it up then plied it with some plain white sheep shed roving. It reminds me of one of those swirly mint candies that they give you after a meal. I like plied yarn- but I am starting to think I think singles or plying with thread alot better. Plying takes so long and I think singles can look just as cool. I will continue to ply though because I enjoy the results! This yarn is heavy worsted to bulky and the skein is gigantic!

Below is one of my favorite skeins I have ever made. Its a silk merino blend. I really love the way the white bits of silk stand out against the merino. The texture is awesome. It's so silky and nice- I can't stop rubbing it on my face. I plan on making either a crystal lace bolero or a shrug from happy hooker. I love it!!!

I have been working on my crystal lace bolero UFO this weekend and I am making great progress. I really like the one I am working on ALOT better than the first one that I made.