Day 214: Destashing!

Wollmeise!

I honestly don’t know if there’s anyone out there reading this blog any more but I figured this was as good a place as any to put this out there. I am going to start destashing some of my premium yarns, Wollmeise, Yarn Pirate, etc. as well as some other woolen detritus I’ve got languishing in my stash (probably some of my own hand spun too!).

I just… Well, I just do not knit as much as I used to (wool + South Florida = bad combo) and frankly I can use the money. So. If you aren’t already, follow me on Instagram. I am hoping to start putting things up on Monday. I’ve got some really good stuff hanging out back there, so spread the word! Tell your friends! And don’t forget to check out my Twitter for updates.

tDf: Day Whatever

So you may have noticed that the shine has gone of my enthusiasm for the Tour de Fleece and the reason why is this: all that yarn I washed back on day 8 IS STILL NOT DRY.* I am starting to worry that it might started to become mildewed, although I know intellectually that this is unlikely since wool is naturally mildew resistant. Still, OMG YOU GUYS THIS YARN IS STILL WET! It’s not super wet, you can feel just a little bit of wetness in the center of the yarn when you squeeze it. I made a post on in the Florida Spinners group on Ravelry (also Facebook), and while there have been a few responses, it’s nothing that I haven’t tried already. Also my cat is starting to eat the yarn. Lolly is such a dumbass, you guys. She thinks all this yarn hanging around is a special buffet I’ve laid out just for her. Yesterday when I was moving the yarn to a drying rack underneath the ceiling fan I found several severed strands where she has eaten who knows how many inches. ARGH. And so I figured that I’d better slow my yarn production until I can figure out how to get it dry more quickly so I can get it tucked safely into the stash before the damn cat gets to it. So far, in addition to all the normal stuff like hanging it with a fan nearby to blow on it, I have put it in a container of rice and am now considering sticking it in my electric food dehydrator.

*Actually, that’s not entirely true, the singles I made dried up beautifully. Their beauty shots are here and here.

TdF day 7

So, I ended up doing a chain ply with those pretty polwarth singles:

Argh, I kind of suck at chain plying right now. I mean. To be fair, this is only the 2nd time I’ve ever done it and it took me quite a while to find a rhythm that worked for me, the single, and my wheel. (Which reminds me, spinning slowly is very hard. I guess I should practice that too.) That being said, I do like how the yarn came out (although I do wish I’d been able to end up with a more balanced ply). I love the long color repeats, probably as much as I love the marled effect when you do a plain 2-ply.

So, with the first week of the tour happily behind us, I’ve spun through almost all of my fiber stash. All I’ve got left is the Romney fleece and some fluffy undyed BFL I got out of the bins at Webs the last time I went, which means I am kind of in the market for some pretty fiber. I’m thinking about joining one of the Woolgatherings clubs, but I’m certainly open to other sources. Who is your favorite indy dyer? Link spam me people!

TdF Day 2

The little irony from Day 1:

1. I really need more practice to get good at spinning silk.

2. I did not enjoy spinning silk well enough to get more practice.

I don’t think I shall be continuing the silk caps for this year’s TdF. Or if at all. I spin because it’s fun and relaxing and that little blue hank there was neither fun nor relaxing to make. So, onwards.

Also for today, here is that yarn I was working on the day the movers came to load our stuff.

I’m rather a bit happier with this one, I must say. Both hanks need a wash and set before they are well and truly “finished”. But for now they are close enough.

Today I hope to finish the Alpaca from the Martha’s Vineyard trip a couple of years ago, and possibly I will ply up the silk/qiviut blend which has been taking up one of my bobbins for a while now.

Oops

The Loopy Ewe had a Wollmeise update the other day and I might’ve gotten to the website soon enough to have a hank of it fall into my basket.

Oh my goodness this stuff is lovely. My intention was to use it to make Bigger on the Inside, but a) there is more purple in it than I thought and b) I realized too late that the Wollmeise is about 300 yards too short for that. Still it’ll make a beautiful something or other. Citron maybe? Or maybe I’ll triple it with some of the other Wollmeise in my stash and make one of these Color Affection shawls that are so popular right now?

My Prize, Let Me Show You It

I popped into the LYS today to pick up my door prize from yesterday’s yarn tasting. Check it out:

A cute little project bag:

Which contained a soft ball of CEY Silky Alpaca Lace and a pattern for a lovely scarf:

ALSO! My totally AWESOME friend Weaver gave me this way cool hand basket:

…for me to go to Hell in. ;-) I <3 Longaberger baskets!! Thanks Weaver!

Another Yarn Tasting!

Today was another yarn tasting at the LYS. What fun! The first 15 or 20 people who signed up got a little package of mini skeins:

Which I am going to sit down and knit into swatches right this very minute.

ALSO! I arrived home to a message from the shop on my voicemail telling me I’d won a door prize! I have no idea what the door prize is, but it’s still exciting to win something. Pictures of that after I pick it up, probably tomorrow.

WINNING!