Spinnings on my Spindle

I have had my wonderful spindle for about a month now and have had a blast teaching myself to use it.  I’ve been making my way through the PhatFiber box I purchased last month and am finally happy with some of the outcomes I’ve produced.

I used the dye kits I received from Color Bug Yarns (although I used Kool-Aid packages I bought).  The lighter, almost white, is actually a really light green.  This was the first time I plyed, and really enjoyed the process.

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This one was from Spinfusion.  It’s Merino in color: Chocolate Covered Cherries.  I love how thin I was able to get this.

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And this is my latest (and my FAVORITE so far).  It’s SW Merino Combed Top in “chocofetti” colorway from Play at Life Fiber Arts.  I loved working with this material.  It felt almost silky like and was a dream to draft.

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Pretty Fiber

I happened to be browsing around on Etsy one day and came across some of the most gorgeous fiber at the Fiber Fancy shop.  It was calling to me; luring me in with its beauty and softness.  I HAD to have it.  But then I encountered having to decide between two lovely colors.  I was stuck… lost in a sea of despair.  I had no other choice!  I knew there was no way I could go on with only one, so I bought both.  I am not disappointed!

Green Apple Old Fashion Candy Stick: 2+ ounces hand dyed bamboo and 19 micron merino

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Blueberry Old Fashion Candy Stick: 2+ ounces hand dyed bamboo and 19 micron merino

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PhatFiber Boxes Came My Way Today! (Picture Heavy)

I ordered 2 PhatFiber Sample Boxes this month, my first time receiving, and I am not disappointed.  I ordered a Fiber Box:

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and a mixed box full of fiber, yarn samples and other goodies:

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Everything is wonderful and beautiful in their own right, but there were a few items that stood out for various reasons.  So, I will share those items.  If you see something in the pictures above and you’d like to see a bigger picture of it and/or would like to know where you can purchase something, let me know.

From Fleecemaker’s Fibers.  Romney Lamb Locks: {these colors would work well individually or with a couple of select colors blended together, but I love the locks}

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Chocofetti from Play at Life Fiber Arts: {I wouldn’t normally be attracted to this combo of colors, but this one grabs me for some reason}

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Stitch Markers: Oreo Cookie- from Wine Makers Sister, Round/Orange- from Lampyridae, Ice Cream- from Craftydragon,Dum/Dum- from Pickin’ & Spinnin’ {I love the dum-dum lollipop}

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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream from A Dying Wish.  .25 ounces.  South African Fine Alpaca, Carbonized Bamboo {the grrens in this are enchanting}

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Peanut Butter Swirl from North Star Alpacas. .4 ounces RoseGray and Light Brown Alpaca

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Llady Llama Fiber Co.

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Key Lime Pie from Stone and String {This yarn has a great feel to it}

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Gobstoppers from Wooliebullie.  Handpainted Supreme Silk {I love touching this stuff… wish I had tons of it in blues and greens}

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Chocolate Cupcake from Funhouse Fibers– ” A chocolate bfl “cupcake”, covered in yummy icing comprised of bfl, bamboo, and Angelina glimmer fiber. Of course, what would a cupcake be without Sprinkles?? We include 12 glass bead “sprinkles” hand threaded onto matching fiber, for you to spin in as you like. YUM!” {I’ve never worked with beads in the form of spinning or knitting… this looks like fun!}

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Piece of Cake from Desert Garden Farms.  Romney Lamb, Faux Cashmere, Sparkle, Tencel Nepps {the packaging for this genious!}

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I received 2 do-it-yourself fiber dyeing kits from Color Bug Yarns{I can’t wait to try this out}

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There are just a few of my favorite things.  I can’t wait until next month.  My fingers are crossed that I am fortunate enough to snag another box (or maybe 2).

Got my new drop spindles today!!!

I have seen do many beautiful yarns online that people has spun themselves and make me think that it was something I would like to try.  At first, I thought of getting a wheel, but couldn’t justify spending that much money on something I didn’t know if I would enjoy or not.  After some research, I decided that it might be best for me to try useing a drop spindle.  I looked at many different shops online and found Maine Woods Yarn and Fiber.  They offer individual spindles as well as a kit containing a top whorl, a bottom whorl, 4 ounces of 100% handpainted wool and 1 ounce of undyed fiber.  I couldn’t pass it up!  And… it arrived in the mail today!!

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{Beautiful top and bottom whirl spindles}

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{4 oz 100% Wool: Sunflower}

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{1 oz undyed fiber: looks buttery to me}

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And kitty gets the box…

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I can’t wait to watch some tutorials online and get started spinning me some yarny deliciousness!!!

Received an MYB in the Mail

I received my first ever MYB in the mail a few days back from a woman who belongs to the same swap group (KYS) as I do on Ravelry.  I was so excited.  Just take a look at everything tucked inside:

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I Haz a Hat

I finally finished {R}’s Tanner Hat (found on Ravelry).  It shouldn’t have taken so long, but I couldn’t complete a row without coughing and sneezing uncontrollably.  I should have knitted it about an inch longer since he likes to flip the edge up a little.  I think it looks good and love how the decreases shape the hat.  I used Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool in Oak Tweed. 

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Slow Progress

I am not making much progress on The Tanner Hat. I think I’ve only added a couple of inches since my last post. I’m attributing the lack of progress to it being winter break where we live and the kids are home from school. I’ve really got to give myself a kick in the rear and get back in the knitting groove.