Blending fibers

It's been a minute since I published a post here. The job that pays for wool, spring break, getting a new camera and software kept me away from this space that I enjoy so much.

Last year I got this blending board at the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF). I've been making a few rolags here and there but this is the first real "blend" that I created so far.

The white fiber came in un-labeled with my used Louet wheel. The dark gray is Knit Picks Full Circle Roving, a blend of Merino and Highland wools. It was a nightmare to spin by itself given the short staple length of the fiber. Had I not blended with the white fluff, it would have become a wool dryer ball.

There is not much yardage in the mini skein. And that is fine with me. This was an experiment and I loved the results.

New Yarn Brings Joy to my World

We had a busy and outdoorsy Saturday with soccer game, tennis practice and some shopping. The little one did great on her first soccer game. I didn't cry (surprisingly). Her confidence and ability to play in a team made us very proud parents. There are no words to describe the feeling!

On the wool front end, I am beyond excited to show some new yarn. It is hard to be the wife of a busy traveler...but my husband sure knows how to win me back in a split of a second. Like when he shows up with gorgeous yarn that he bought for me while on a business trip.

This skein holds 329 yards (100g) of super soft Peruvian alpaca. The red and brown tones are beyond spectacular in person.

The second skein is simple, serene and beautiful fingering weight from Oink Pigments. I am looking for the perfect shawl pattern for the 420 yards (100g) of this super soft Merino. Any ideas?

Hug your stash; enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Time for FOs

March, I have big expectations for you. How about no more winter storms and plenty of knitting time?

I finished my Oaklet shawl just in time to keep me warm during the last weeks of cold weather. This free pattern is not too complicated, yet beautiful. Love it! Details on the project page.

New shiny handspun! I am really pleased with my 464 yards of deliciously spongy BFL. I spun very thin singles and navajo-ply them to end up with fingering weight yarn. Perfect for a shawl or handspun socks.

I am working on a handspun cowl for my daughter! At almost five, she is starting to appreciate wool and handmade items. That's my girl!

Have a great weekend!