Sunday, November 09, 2008

When weather cooperates

As much as I don't mind the rain usually, that paired with darkness every nite now by the time I get home...and let alone being extremely exhausted to do much of anything coherently this week, I have finally have something to share!

My First "real" handspun. I've done a few practice runs, and even my skein from my lesson at SAFF, but this was the first one where I bought the roving, learned how to divide/prepare for spinning and of course, spin it.

I have to admit after my class I was discouraged. The fiber we were given was not easy to separate and work with. So Shannon told me to go forth and purchase some BFL and we'd prepare and start spinning on Friday nite.

She was patient and showed my how to prepare, etc. and spinning progressed. It went a lot easier than my class.
Dark and mysterious
Dark and mysterious....

Interesting array
Interesting array of twists huh? BTW, I just realized I haven't "set" the twist...going to do that tomorrow before it all twists apart.

Eek!
See, I can haz my own laceweight! By mistake of course ;)


Yum!
Sunning itself on some holly leaves...

A skein of...
See what an overachiever! You have lace, DK, worsted and chunky weight all in one!

In it's glory!
In all it's finished glory...

And how it started that fateful Friday evening...
Cranberry Bog
Cranberry Bog (It had me at Cranberry! I love Cranberries!)
4 oz. BFL Braid
SAFF 2008
Clover Leaf Farms Booth
Approximately 125 yds

I even have something planned to knit with it, very soon, stay tuned!

15 comments:

funfairiegirl said...

I spun some clover leaf farms that I got at MDS&W and then totally missed them at SAFF - their stuff was GREAT!

Your first handspun looks awesome!!!!!

IrishgirlieKnits said...

It would have me at cranberry too!! That is just gorgeous! With Shannon as your teacher, you're going to be fantastic in no time!! Love it!

bockstark.knits said...

awesome!!!

Disco said...

I thought 'cranberries' at the first photo, and what do you know! Gorgeous colours. And who doesn't love a bit of thick'n'thin yarn ;0)

Can't wait to see what you make with it :0)

Bezzie said...

It's funny, I HATE storebought thick n'thin yarn...but if it's handspun, I love it! How's that for hypocrisy?

And shhhh...don't tell anyone but when I'm feeling lazy (most of the time) I don't ever set the twist....

Jewel said...

It looks great! I had such a hard time when I first started spinning but I decided to do 20 minutes a day and I couldn't believe how much better I got.

Jess said...

Gorgeous handspun and lovely color! I get so frustrated- I can't spin to save my life. I am way jealous!

kemtee said...

You did it! YAY for handspun!

sgeddes said...

It came out great! You got some great photos too. Now, what will you knit?

cpurl17 said...

It looks gorgeous! Well done!!

MsKnottyKnits said...

Woo!! That looks wonderful. I love spinning BFL! A Row of Purls is having a batt on the 15th! Pick your colors, watch it being carded, and voila! Perfectly customized fiber!

tiennie said...

Wonderful job on your handspun! Love the cranberrry!

Julie said...

Your first handspun is beautiful! I can't wait to see what you're going to knit with it.

weezalana said...

Congrats on your first handspun! Beautifully done!

aija said...

So beautiful! I love the different colors and textures :)