Friday, September 30, 2011

Running the gauntlet

The gauntlets are finished. Here they are, modeled by the recipient. First we have the back of said mitts.


Then the front, less seen, side.


And finally, full on "Oh!"

chicky gauntlets

She likes them, I love them. We're happy.

There's still daily spinning. Here is some blue three ply - I'm digging the way the blues look all cozied up side by side.


And yesterday's spinning, that is today's plying project (one bobbin is done and having a bath as I type).


If the temperature stays lovely, and the neighbors don't burn any plastic today, I may head out to the patio for my spinning stint. The cooler temperatures are having a lovely effect on my sleeping ability and my overall disposition. Very nice.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hand spinning

Now that all the yarn I have is dyed for Cozy, it's time to concentrate on spinning. On Sunday I dug an old roving I dyed (and didn't sell) and started spinning. Instead of filling two bobbins and plying them together for a barber pole effect, I decided to Navajo ply to try and keep the variegated colors more consistent. Before spinning, I divided the roving in half (cross-wise) so one gauntlet will have more blue than the other, but this is a girl that likes to wear different color socks so I don't think we'll have an issue. I was so pleased with the results I didn't even wash the skein before using it!

Chicky has been "borrowing" my mohair gauntlets for two winters. (Maybe it's time she has some of her own?) The other mitt is 3/4 done. I'll post a picture with a Chicky inside them when they're finished!

chicky's gauntlet

I've spun two bobbins of blue/purple roving and am letting them rest before Navajo plying them as well. I know it's not a true ply, but it's more efficient then traditional plying for me since I only have a few bobbins. And I don't have to be as methodical about spinning the rovings in the same direction to get the results I'd like. Sometimes the easy way is just fine!

Saturday, September 24, 2011


Fast approaching is the 2011 Autumn Yarn Crawl. I have been invited to sell my fiber goods at Cozy in Durham for the event on Sunday, October 9. I've been spinning and dyeing up a storm and I have plenty more to do in the upcoming week or so. Everything in the Etsy shop is going too. Here's some of the new fiber.

cozy presale peek

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I'm looking forward to hanging out with lots of other fiber lovers again, it's been a while! My wheel and hand spindle will be coming along to demo. Be there or be square!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

buddha mollie

buddha mollie by freshtart
buddha mollie, a photo by freshtart on Flickr.

Yesterday Mollie did some jumping for me. Here's my favorite picture from the set.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Got wool?

Got wool by freshtart
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I couldn't actually de-stash - it's like selling a family heirloom or something. Maybe I just like my wool; we can count it towards insulating the house, right? Instead I've reopened there's roving to follow soon.