|Yay for spinning goodies!!|
The green bump is Shetland top from Spunky Eclectic ("Going Green" colorway), and the two plastic baggies contain 2 ounces of black alpaca/silk, and - wait for it - 2 incredibly soft, luscious, dreamy ounces of pure cashmere, also from Spunky Eclectic. These were all from my mom and dad, who were incredibly generous and creative with spinning-related gifts this year! I can't wait to spin them all up, especially the cashmere. Yay for exciting new luxury fibers to try!
The pink and orange braid, some almost unbelievably soft and squishy superwash BFL, was from Renee, who somehow managed to find a fiber shop that I'd never heard of before: Woolen Mill St. Yarns by Christina Marie Potter. I'll definitely be checking out more of her lovely fiber! My braid's colorway, "Smaug", was inspired by the fearsome dragon of the same name immortalized in The Hobbit. My fantasy-loving heart was singing with joy!
In spinning news, I have four - yep, four! - new yarns to show you. Can you tell I've been in a bit of spinning frenzy lately? Must be all the snow outside!
|The snowy view from my spinning studio.|
From left to right, the fiber and yarn are:
- Superwash Merino from Into the Whirled - 296 yards, singles
- Rare Finnish wool (thanks, Johanna!): 192 yards, 2-ply
- Superwash BFL from Into the Whirled: 198 yards, chain-plied
- Corriedale from Into the Whirled: 266 yards, 2-ply
|Handspun: there's no such thing as too much. :)|
I'll add these yarns to my 2012 Handspun Yarn page as soon as I can, where I'll list more details about each skein. For now, though, I'm just happy to sit back and admire them all: I'm quite fond of this batch of yarn!
But even with all the new handspun, my wheel has still been whirring away. An awesome Ravelry swap partner, Kae, gifted me some amazing Targhee from Abstract Fiber ("Hopworks" colorway) that I've been happily spinning into laceweight singles, which I'll eventually ply for strength. I've been meaning to try Targhee for quite awhile now, and can say, one bobbin in, that I just love it: it's super-soft like Merino, but, in my opinion, at least, much easier to manage. I'm already envisioning using this yarn to knit a lovely new shawl to wear to Rhinebeck next year. :)
|Soft, squishy, joy-to-spin Targhee!|
I can't believe that 2012 is almost at a close! It's hard to believe that almost a year ago, I started my humble blog as a way to chronicle my experiments with spinning, and meet other like-minded people. Though my original intention of posting every single day proved to be too challenging, I'm still so incredibly happy to have embarked on this blogging adventure, and have lots of fun and exciting things in store for 2013, including a few giveaways (I've really missed hosting them!), more tutorials, and project planning. I think 2013 is going to be a year of big projects, and I couldn't be more excited about taking you along with me, every step of the way!
As always, thanks so much for reading! And if you've been following my blog since the beginning - and I know there are at least a couple of you that have been encouraging me from the start :) - I can't even begin to tell you how grateful I am. This year has been wonderful, and being connected to so many of you through blogging and Ravelry has made it even better!
Before I close, Leo practically begged me to be The Daily Cat on the blog today. First, he posed in a most handsome and dignified manner...
... and then apparently decided I was pretty boring.
Have a wonderful day, and talk to you soon! :)