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Monday, March 1, 2010

What's on the Spinning Wheel

Now that my hand is no longer cramping and hurting when I spin I'm spending longer and longer periods at the spinning wheel. I love watching a roving or batt of fiber turn into a beautiful skein of yarn!

I recently finished this skein of two-ply yarn spun from a roving of 60% Merino and 40% Bamboo dyed by FreckleFaceFibers on Etsy in her Sweet Nectar colorway - burgundy, vermillion and deep orange. This fiber is so soft and has incredible luster (shine) and drape! Sweet Nectar is available in my Etsy store. It weighs 3.8 ounces and has 324 yards; it is a light sport/heavy fingering weight.
And here is the roving this yarn was made from:

On the wheel now is a BFL (Blue Faced Leicester) roving dyed by Rogue Adventures on Etsy in her "Reggae on the River" colorway. I am going to two-ply spin this yarn by spinning half the roving on one bobbin and the other half of the roving on another bobbin and then ply them together letting the colors fall where they may (it has a barber pole or tweedy effect) so this will be a very bright and fun yarn - I think it would be perfect for making a hat and mittens for the kids!
Here is the Reggae on the River roving

I will post photos of the yarn when I have it finished.


WillOaks Studio said...

I'm loving comparing the roving to the finished spun yarn and those colors remind me of sherbert (peaches and rasberry, mmmmm!) Can't wait to see how the bright and contrasty roving looks! Have a great week!

Split Rock Ranch said...

Oh Karen, they DO look like sherbet don't they?! I kept the name Sweet Nectar because they reminded me of berries and fruits. I have half the Reggae yarn spun, I just need to spin the other half of the roving and then ply them. Thanks for visiting - have a great week, too!

Pricilla said...

The second one is so happy!

Ann said...

I was thinking the same thing about that first roving. It reminded me of a bowl of rainbow sherbet. I am really loving those colors.

BeadedTail said...

Such pretty colors! I agree with Pricilla on the 2nd one!

Split Rock Ranch said...

Pricilla: It IS a happy mix of colors, isn't it? I love how it turned out - I'll post pics soon!

Ann: Thank you - and now are we all hungry for a bowl of sherbet?!

BeadedTail: Thank you!

Dorothy L said...

Hello...I just popped into creative Cafe and I must say...what fantastic colors you left behind :)

I am always in awe when I drop in here as your ability to produce such unique patterns and colors always impress me.
As always it is a pleasure to visit your blog~

Lin said...

Do we just appreciate color so much much this time of year? I think so. :) Thanks for the treat--as always.