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!