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November was a very fiber-filled month for me.  First, I ordered some fiber from Play at Life Fiber Arts on etsy.  Then, my mother-in-law sent me several bumps of fiber from a Fiber Optic truck show and a few skeins of natural colored fingering weight yarn I needed for a project.   Finally, I went to the Ravelry event at The Knitting Nest.

Here’s a little collage of all the goodies:
Yarn-Fiber collage

I’ve been putting all that goodness to work.  One (possibly two) new designs, several Christmas presents, one baby gift, and even a little something in the works for me.

Two of the Fiber Optic rovings have been turned into yarn:
Chocolate Truffle (merino/tencel):             Days of Wine and Roses (merino/bamboo):
Chocolate Truffle Mom's yarn

And here’s the baby blanket I’m working on:
baby blanket

It’s the Latvian Garden Baby Blanket.  It does require some concentration, but it will be so beautiful when it is finished.

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The challenge was to spin every day July 3-25.  I did fairly well, only missing a few days here and there.

I spun three different yarns, and had a finished yardage of 1202 yards.

what I spun for tour de fleece

l to r: Crown Mountain Farms superwash merino roving 3 ply sock weight, targhee/merino 3 ply chunky weight, Wild Hare Fiber wool top navajo plied

I’m fairly happy with the way they all turned out, even if I did have to ply the chunky weight twice (first go was way overspun, so I went back and took out some of the twist).  Now to think up projects that will use these yarns…

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Roving- Crown Mountain Farms BFL– 4oz.  I dyed this myself using Paas dyes.  I slightly felted the roving when rinsing, but even so, it spun pretty nicely.  Sadly, you can’t make out how vibrant the orange center is in this picture.  To explain-  if cheetos and yarn made a baby that would be the color of this yarn.  I had planned on using this for a pair of shorties, but I cast on and didn’t love it.  I’m thinking I’ll let it sit for a few days and see what happens.  Maybe I just need some scrap yarn for the waistband…?

Next up- Crown Mountain Farms Superwash Merino.  The colorway is She’s Like a Rainbow, which I made sure to listen to while spinning.  I cannot say enough good things about the roving and the finished yarn.  I did a three ply (courtesy of a ‘home made’ lazy kate- read box with three knitting needles stuck in it) and I love the outcome.  I wasn’t sure I’d like it, but it is so even and feels like ‘real’ yarn.  I have 588 yards and I’m hoping to make knee socks.

And finally, my brother got me an Amazon gift card for my birthday, so I ordered Itty Bitty Toys (and a few other things).  I had read a lot about IBT when it came out, and I love Susan Anderson’s other books/patterns.  I was really drawn to the Noro bear, because a) it’s noro and b)  I thought a bear would be a good introduction to the book.   As with all toys, it was a bit fiddly, but I think it turned out super cute.  Plus, it doesn’t take much yarn at all.  In fact, I made Guinevere with scraps a friends sent after she made a pair of socks.  Guinevere is going to live with a friend who is 8 months pregnant.  I hope she can bring her a little joy.

I’m looking forward to making many more of the Itty Bitty Toys.  H loves the pears and the princess, so I think those are next on my list.  I really like the hippo, so I figure I’ll get around to that one pretty soon too.

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Picture heavy post ahead.
I received my Kromski Sonata last Tuesday and I’ve quickly got to work getting to know it’s particularities.  I want to say that I love this wheel.  I was a little apprehensive about ordering a wheel that I had never spun on, that wasn’t double drive, and that was from a smaller manufacturer.  But, I LOVE it.  Love it.  It treadles quietly and easily.  It spins well, even though I’m not a great spinner.  And it is pretty, so I love having it open in the house.

As you might be able to see, I am spinning just fine on it, and I’m definitely able to get the quality of yarn I want (just not in full skein batches right now).  I am a little infatuated.  🙂

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