Okay, so I did a little brief reading on how to dye self-striping sock yarn. Turns out experienced self-striping indie dyers use a warping board. A while ago my new toy arrived and a few days ago a lovely sock yarn in superwash merino from Sunrise Fibers.
Now I just have to wait for these super warm (desert climate) days to pass so my brain works again.
Or rather new project with new exciting yarn!
I’m not sure if it’s destiny or what, but the pattern I stumbled upon is actually called Soft Rainbow Shawl (from Zsuzsa Kiss). That just after I’ve finished my rainbow colored shawl. This one will be gradient, but not rainbow colored. I love the way the teal works it’s way into the brown. I hope it will turn out nicely.
The yarn is the Manitou Evolution in Arial (a super wash merino) from Twisted Fiber Arts. It’s a wonderful light finger weight and super soft. I love working with it!
I decided to try out some different fiber. The best way to learn is to try, right? And since I prefer knitting scarfs and other delicate pieces I went ahead and ordered some luxurious fibers that are new to me. The yak fiber is one for example, that I’m still considering how to spin. I also ordered baby camel; the silk, angora and merino blend; and some nice kashmir fluff. They are all fantastically soft!
Besides this I found a fun package of 28 different sheep fluff 1 oz to try from woolgatherings. I will write more about that separately.
There are some amazing additions in my stash that I just have to share. One Toshwood colored silk/merino blend from indie dyer Voolenvine yarns, Kristin Lehrer for a secret (yet to be decided toshwood project. I gave one to Tove as well) and the other a wonderful evolution skein from Twisted Fiber Art (Tove’s new favorite yarn shop).
Woho! The rainbow shawl is finished (almost, just needs to dry and to have the ends weaved in).
Nearly had a misshap as Stina was about to throw up on my blocking (aaah!), but I managed to move her in the nick of time.
Who needs a shawl when you’ve got a cat? What can I say, spinning is an adventure that goes beyond what I had imagined.
This isn’t actually WIP right at this moment, because the project is in my flat and I am in Spain. It’s too big to travel with.
A while ago, several Swedish yarn stores participated in a week long fest to promote and celebrate local yarn stores. As part of this, they held a contest, and I was one of the winners! Woo! I never win anything usually. I was very pleased with my prize, which in my opinion was one of the nicer ones up for grabs: my choice of colour of Naturgarn’s Indiecita yarn, from Valaine Organic Lifestyle.
I picked the colour Indigo and added a few balls to my winnings to make sure I have enough for a cardi. Lovely!