"Nuttin but knittin" - that says it all, with an occasional deviation into the real world.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Cool things....

It doesn't take much to make me happy.  Guess that's a good thing.  This guy came home with me yesterday from the Iowa Sheep and Wool festival.  I think he's pretty cool!

Now I know these little tape measures from Lantern Moon have been around for quite some time.  The white ones are cute, the somewhat elusive black ones are adorable, but this little brown guy was totally irresistible!! (The camera picked up a few rouge fibers on his face - that have since been removed.  He's now perfectly beautiful).  He came home with me, in lieu of a fleece to spin.  Perhaps next year - but I'm just not ready for that yet - not sure I'll ever be. .

The wool festival was fun, although I'm sure small compared to many found around the country.  We had torential rains just moments prior to leaving home, but the rain gods were good to us the rest of the day.  Melissa went with me, and she brought home a sizable bag of goodies.  I was primarily good - trying to keep in mind my current stock of unspun fiber. 

Speaking of which, this 4 oz SW Merino braid (another Christmas fiber from my son) was spun last night,
 and plied this morning into this super soft, cushy, worsted weight  yarn.  
206 yards.  Yummy!  It's another FatCatKnits creation.  And the colorway name is "Cool Madras".  Love it! 

And late last week, the postlady brought this to my door.
It's a Polwarth fiber from AllSpunUp.  The mystery colorway of the current SAL.  There is a fish theme going on, and this one is called "A Somewhat Seuss-ish Trout:.....the inside and the out!"  Some people are so darn creative!!  It amazes me.  I may ply this with an Oatmeal BFL - to sort of bring it down into my color range a bit.  Not sure..... but perhaps. 

While I ponder on that though, I still have one more braid of my Christmas fiber.  (Talk about Christmas in July, urrrr - June I guess!).  And I saved the best for last.......

8 comments:

Monika said...

Beautiful handspun yarn! I love the AllSpunUp colorway!
I've been stocking up on natural fiber, so I can either ply it with, or use on it's own in colorwork. Have yet to spin some of it.
What a cute tape measure!

Dorothy said...

Wow!! You are a fast spinner. Did you really spin that all in one day? I'm still working on consistency, but am very slow. The finished yarn is beautiful. I like your idea of plying with a more neutral yarn. Gotta try that soon.

Lynn said...

Love the sheep!!! I have a white one and while I know the black ones exist, I've never seen one in person. But that brown one is adorable!!!

Hampers said...

Wow...these things are really cool and can serve the purpose of Christmas gifts

Karen said...

Another beautifully spun skein of yarn. You are amazing!

Artseycrafts said...

Awww, what a cute little brown sheep and very unusual too. I love the Allspunup colorway! Your sw FC Merino is also pretty! Maybe I should have spun WW wt with mine instead of fingering wt.

elizabeth said...

Oh, I love both those fibers! You'll love spinning the Polwarth, if it's new to you. Such a fine, soft fiber!

Liana said...

I love your little sheep guy, he's adorable. Yes, I agree they have been around awhile, but usually we talk ourselves out of buying them at the LYS. I finally broke down and bought the turtle, I'll have to do a quick post on him too. Loving your handspun, you truly amaze me on how you have just run with this and doing so well. I'm so proud and envious of course!