After being on a knitting kick, I got my spinning mojo back this week. I had a few bobbins that just needed some plying so...I worked through them. The first skein is comprised of Alpaca donated by Sweet Petunia of Wonder. I spun her beautiful Huacaya fleece into a fingering weight single then plyed it with 4oz of Merino/Tencel in a gorgeous purple that was gifted to me last year during a swap. I love how the two colors worked together to create this yarn. I ended up with 322 yards out of 9 oz for a nice worsted weight yarn. I had hoped for more yardage but I am pleased with how it turned out. I can already imagine it knitted into a beautiful shawl.
The second skein is from my Suri blend of 70% Suri Alpaca and 30% Merino. It was originally a gray with flecks of burgundy in it. Once I was finished spinning the yarn, I decided I wanted to overdye it so I stuck it in the pot and added about four colors to the yarn painting different sections. I was curious to see how the color would take. What surprised me was that the burgundy took over, which I used very little of. I had used some Gun Metal, Vermilion, Fire Red and Burgundy. Yes, I was experimenting. Maybe because I was doing it in a pot instead of lying the yarn flat and painting it, the colors took different. Maybe because there was already some burgundy in with the Gray? I don't know. Regardless, I am very pleased with the rich color which my photographs did not capture. Why is it so hard to take good photos of dark yarns? Argh!
So my happiness and relaxation levels are at a perfect place right now. I forget what a great mood I am in when my waking hours to spinning hours ratio is evenly matched. Ok, not evenly but enough that I feel cool, calm and collected.
Finally, we got a few new additions to the farm this week. Grumpy ordered some new chicks because we had been using our own eggs for while and he wanted some new chickens to hatch and work with. This time he ordered a couple of Goslings to grow into Guard Geese on the farm. This is one of them. Isn't she cute? It will be interesting to see how they interact with our turkey, Mr. T.
So, that's the summary of my Fiber Arts Adventures this week. What did you do?
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