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An Update on Spinning

I mentioned in my April blog post that I had finished spinning the Masham fiber and that I was rather allergic to it. I took a photo of it and ended up sending it off to live in Michigan with Jessie (aka neonlights on Ravelry). I ended up with about 165 yards of DK weight yarn. I think it turned out rather nice, despite being so allergic to it. Very bright and fun colors!

BohoKnitterChic Masham (Volans)
BohoKnitterChic Masham in Volnas

Back at the beginning of April, I was spinning Hello Yarn BFL in Burnished. It took me forever to finish that since it was spinning very thin, but I managed to finish spinning it the last week of May and ply it the first weekend in June. Since I had split this fiber in half down the center, I decided to Navajo ply it to keep the long color repeats I had spun. I ended up with 447 yards of fingering weight yarn.

Hello Yarn BFL Burnished
Hello Yarn BFL in Burnished

I’m currently knitting it into a Baktus scarf.

Baktus
Beginnings of a Baktus

After finishing the BFL, I haven’t spun anything. I’ve been going back and forth about what to spin. I need to spin 2-3 bobbins of singles for the wheel class I’m taking at SSK next week and last night I finally started prepping All Spun Up merino for that.

All Spun Up, Merino
All Spun Up Merino

After that, I think it’s on to the June Expand Your Horizons SAL fiber. June’s fiber is Romney and it just so happens that April’s Hello Yarn club shipment was Romney. The colorway is called Splendid.

Hello Yarn Fiber Club - April 2012
Hello Yarn Romney in Splendid

Then there’s this Loop bump I got a while back that I want to spin up.

Loop (Kaleidoscope Eyes)
Loop Batt in Kaleidoscope Eyes

And 908347 other things that make me wish I had more time in my day to knit and spin! Darn that job and schooling getting in the way!!

Ohh, can’t forget that Tour de Fleece is starting at the end of this month! Who will be participating in TdF this year? Already know what you’ll be spinning? I’m still figuring out some of the details, but my big challenge will be to spin a sock yarn. Already have fiber picked out and ready to go! Might start out with something else. Still undecided about that. I may need the whole time just to work on the sock yarn!

Have you all been spinning anything recently or planning to spin some things up? I’ll be taking a wheel class next week as well as a core spinning class. I hope to share that with you once I return from SSK! Off to spinning group tonight where I’ll be working on the singles for that wheel class. 🙂

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I’m a thirty-something who works in finance. I live in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

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