Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Handspun Yarn in HD

I now see yarn in HD. Before all my yarn was flat and although there were those "that's pretty" moments...I now see in full definition. This morning, playing around on my wheel I made this:It's the type of yarn I thought I had to purchase pre-made. It's almost like a boucle, but not. Thick and thin and loops and a dream come true!

There have been three definite "Ah Ha" moments of clarity in my life. Once was when I got glasses for the first time and miraculously saw all the leaves on all the trees. That was fantastic! The next was when we purchased our 52" HD TV and again I saw all the leaves on the tree. This is my fiber artist "Ah Ha" moment. I can make the kind of yarn I never dreamed possible. I see the leaves!

Yes, so I may be being a bit dramatic...but do you expect any less??? I mean really! Come on now...I started with this:Some good old fashion wool. Soft, luscious, but not exactly something you can put on to keep you warm. Then I took my spinning wheel and filled a bobbin full of of spun yarn. Then I took some organic bamboo and cotton thread and plied it together. Honestly, I love this yarn like a newborn child. I can see hats and scarfs and sweaters. Where are my knitting needles???
In other fiber related news...I made some other yummy yarn. I have been playing around with my hand carders and made some batts out of alpaca, silk, angora, and multiple bits of left over painted wool. I spun that up and adored it's depth and ever changing colors. Then, with the help of my 12 year old son, we strung hundreds of beads onto some thread. Then plied the two together.The end result is not short of fantastic.And just in case there hasn't been enough eye candy for you fiber fanatics out there then feast your eyes on this! The other night, at a football game the sun was setting in the most spectacular array of colors. So I had to spin it up:

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Is the Rain Washing Away your Vibrant Color Yarn Mood?

Rain has been flooding us out here! It seems like the gray days has put me behind in everything. You'd think with the lack of color outside I'd be spreading good cheer and brightness with some vibrant new yarns. Not so...look at my newest creation made straight from my drop spindle:

It may be gray, but it sure is pretty! It is tencil and merino. It has that lovely shimmer that the camera never captures correctly.

This new yarn has a dab of color. It's 100% Merino and super soft. The colors are white, purple, and green. All looking rather washed out, as the weather has made us all feel!I am SOOOO ready for some football! New team for my oldest this year. He is now playing for our middle school team. Woohoo! His first game was last Saturday and we won. Oh yeah! Nice way to start off the season.

It has been quite awhile since I posted anything to the blog. Things here were crazy getting the kids ready for school. Of course there was the maddening boredom that encompasses the kids at the end of the summer. But now I am free! My youngest started Kindergarten and I am free to create and dye and spin all day long. I sure do miss my little helper, but you know...maybe now I'm not in so much danger for being fined for child labor laws. ;)
Talking about missing vibrant colors...well let's not talk about that anymore! This is what is on the spinning wheel as I type. It's literally calling my name in the next room to hurry up and get it finished. It will not be plied. I'm spinning it really thick. So it will be gorgeous when it's done. Lastly, you know how I said I've been behind...well here is this month's Fiber of the Month (for those in the spinning club). I worked up a bit of it, just for fun on my drop spindle.
With the markets winding down for the year, I plan on opening up my Etsy shop once again. Once I get some things posted I'll be sure to share!

OK, on a totally bizarre, and non-fiber related subject. This thing is too weird. It is a Wampus Cat. It is our town's high school mascot. I know, odd.
More to come, super soon! I won't take as long for another update next time....really. ♥