Summer time spinning

I don't know about you, but spinning and knitting continue all year long for me.  I know there are a lot of folks who are seasonal knitters/crocheters.  They do other things like gardening, hiking, or just being outside and not wanting a lap full of wool when it is scorching out.  I totally get that and am grateful for air conditioning and a fan simultaneously blasting me with currents of air while I'm working.  But I admit "working" is a bit of a stretch for me.  I love spinning and I love knitting (most of the time).  So in spite of the extreme temps outside, I'm treadling away on my wheel, watching my bobbin grow.

Last night I finished plying the last two skeins for a yarn kit for Evenstar.  I was initially worried that I would not have enough yardage without spinning more fiber, which thankfully I have, but seriously, how long can I spin grey when I have a wall of orange, purple, blue, yellow, cream, strawberry pink, peach, brown, magenta, teal, brown, turquoise, and so on and so on and so on staring at me.  I have BFL, Merino, Silks, blends, Polwarth, YAK and more.  I think you see the point, I am craving color right now! But here is the finished yarn ready for someone to create their own Evenstar.  1,700 yards of a gorgeous silk merino blend which makes such a beautiful drapey yarn. 

Which means tonight, I am spinning a beautiful pink and brown braid into a gradient skein.  Because at the same time I have been spinning for my Evenstar kit I started knitting for my Color Morph shawl.  It is stunning.  The best part is having talented friends.  I was able to send a picture of the finished shawl from the designer's (Heather Boos) project page and asked my friend to recreate the colors into braids for me to spin.  .  My friend, Ginny, of FatCatKnits, sent me beautiful braids of BFL fiber that she dyed.  Is this not PERFECT?  

I started spinning them up, keeping the pink and brown in a gradient and the blue/grey/cream into a blended neutral.  Here is a progress shot.  I am nearly to the half way point.  It is a relaxing knit and I'm enjoying it.  That is the hardest thing for me, I love spinning but man I miss knitting too.  There just aren't enough hours in the day.I'm excited that I've reached the pink yarn now, it makes it fun.  

My next fiber show is in a couple weeks in Fargo, I will have the completed Evenstar Kit there as well as however far Color Morph is if it is not done.  I do have more fiber to make a kit for Color Morph but doubt that will be done by  August 6 & 7th at the Fiber Arts Festival in Fargo.  I will be in the Hartl Building, Red River Valley Fairgrounds, stop by and say hi!  Mention this blog post and get 10% off any purchase.

Take care friends.  Must keep spinning!

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