Friday, February 17, 2012

Fiber Arts Friday ~ Keeping Busy

Spinning projects:  

Quickly finished up this yarn so I could move on to the new stuff  I bought at the Spinning Loft a couple weeks ago.  The blue is a blend of Suri Alpaca, Merino, Silk that I dyed in various shades of blue and some silver Angelina for bling,  plied with a brushed mohair that was dyed in subtle shades of white, cream and tan.  Love how this turned out.....all soft and fuzzy.

 Then I decided to start with this combo from my road trip.......

Autumn, on left, is a BFL/Silk blend.  It was awesome to spin.....might be my new favorite fiber!  The Chartreuse is a 50/50 blend of Merino/Silk.  Did not enjoy spinning this as much as the BFL.....I think too much silk in the mixture for me.
Mmmmmmm, love how the Autumn spun up.  Plied the two together
Now I have 200 yds of this beautiful, vibrant, lustrous yarn.  I'm thinking about making a hat. 
Meeting with the girls tomorrow at Your Local Yarn Shop for another day of spinning fun.  Haven't made up my mind  which color/fiber combo I'll spin next.  I'm thinking I'll just take it all and ask for some ideas.

Knitting projects:

Completed my Arroway shawl.....yup another Stephen West design.  It was a pretty quick project since it's mostly done in garter.  Hit a snag when I got to the arrows at the bottom but after a chat with KellyJ even that moved along nicely.  Now to just get it blocked! 

I made this scarf as a store sample for the Spectra class I will be teaching at YLYS next Saturday.

It was super fun to make and hard to put down cause I wanted to see what the next color would look like.  It's made with Noro Kureyon sock and Heritage sock yarns.  It was such fun I thought I should have one for myself.  Started mine yesterday while visiting my Dad....
........can't wait to get to the teals and purples!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Fiber Arts Friday!!


  1. So many gorgeous yarns and projects!

  2. Your handspun is amazing! I particularly love the first one, it is so fuzzy and has a really interesting texture.

  3. WOW, love the colors on those bobbins! Very pretty, the yarn too! Great projects! (I think merino roving can be a little dense/compacted and tough to draft, so I run it through my drum carder, fluffs it right up!)

  4. I love that second scarf... it looks like a sea shell layed out like that. :-)

  5. love the yarn you have spun, especially the second, it looks so very luscious...

  6. So many pretty colors! I want to take them all home with me! great work! :)

  7. I can't wait for tomorrow to get here so we can have our fun day of spinning. I adore the new Spectra and can't wait to see the progress and I can't wait to see the shawl blocked too. I love how your yarns turned out.

  8. Melissa--Your new autumn yarn is SO amazing!! I know that the hat will be wonderful.
    ...and the 'nautilus' scarf is glorious!! I want one, I want one!! (Fancy a swap sometime?!?!) :)

  9. Your yarn is amazing, the fuzzy one looks so soft! Love the scarf you made too, great way to show off yarn.

  10. The spun yarn is breathtaking, as is the spiral shawl. I love the colors and everything about them. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Oh, those florescent colors are amazing! Your shawl is going to be great and the Arroway is my favorite for the great colors that you selected. Thank you for sharing your photos.

  12. Love the mohair halo in the first picture, so pretty, and great colors too. One of the ladies in my knitting group is working on Spectra, such a fun pattern.