Thursday, February 14, 2013

TIMT: Technicolor Sheep

You guys, it has been CRAZY here lately!  There is fiber EVERYWHERE!  I'm lucky to have a supportive family, because it is wool city in our home.  The drying rack pictured above is some lovely lamb Teeswater I washed.

That's Border Leicester on top, and a grey Wensleydale/Cotswold cross on the bottom.  There were others, but I didn't get pics in time.  Several more pounds of raw fleece are en route as I type.  Several pounds of undyed top just arrived today.  The dyepot has been on pretty much nonstop all week.  I am flying through stock and having a tough time keeping what I need available!  Such a problem to have!

I am hoarding my fiber for Homespun Yarn Party.  Sorry, shoppers.  I love you dearly, but I need all the stock I can make!  I do have a few surprises planned for the shop before Homespun, but that's not what I was working on this past week.  I've made some gorgeous new colorways, though.  I can't stop to set up the lightbox, but I have taken some in-progress pics to share with you.  Look at all the new lovelies:

This one is "Pirate's Booty" and will come with a handful of naturally golden Indonesian silk cocoons for "gold doubloons".  It's a base of black merino, a mix of blues in Shetland, Superfine Merino, Corriedale, Merino 64s and firestar, carbonized bamboo, milk fiber, silk, blue bamboo and some gold angelina. 

This one is "Butterfly Garden" because our latest cold snap left me dreaming of spring.  We go to a local public garden's "Wings of Fancy" exhibit, and I picked colors that remind me of our time there.  This one's a blend of Polwarth, Merino, Superfine Merino and BFL, with lamb Romney, Teeswater, Mohair and Targhee locks, bamboo, silk and firestar.

"Go Ravens", obviously!  I don't think I need to explain why.  :-)  This one's a base of black merino, a blend of purples on Shetland, Romney, Cotswold, Superfine Merino, Silk Noil, Merino and firestar, undyed faux cashmere, and some gold and black angelina.  The purple is really rich, but hard to photograph.

This became "Huntsman".  I don't seem to have a pic of the finished batt handy.  I'll try to get one before the show.  It's sparkle-free, and very masculine, I think.  Soft, though.  It's a blend of Cormo, Merino, Polwarth, Silk, Superfine Merino, Targhee, Wensleydale and Romney.  Nothing "chunky" in this one, but the blend of fibers will give the finished yarn some texture.

"Unicorns and Fairies", by request.  ;-) Bigger Babester helped pick the colors and fibers for this one.  It is, as you might expect, next-to-babester-skin soft, and very sparkly.  She picked Cormo, Polwarth, Merino, Superfine Merino, Shetland, Bamboo, BFL, firestar in a bunch of colors and some turquoise Teeswater locks.  Definitely a magical mix! 

This one is "Secret Garden", which has the most lovely, sage-y green as its base.  The "secret" (which isn't so secret) are all the little lock "flowers" tucked inside.  This one is sparkle-free, but I made two kits and I'll probably add sparkle when I card up the second.  The bling-free version is a base of Superfine Merino and BFL in several shades of green, planted with Romney, Mohair, lamb Lincoln, and Border Leicester locks.

And these are guts!  No, not really.  This is a yarn I spun from rolags and then thread plied.  It's in its twist-setting soak right now.  The woolen yarn had a lot more loft than other yarns I've thread plied.  It also had all sorts of funky chunky locks and texture and sparkle.  I'll try to get another pic of it once it's dry.  There's a lot of it, and it made the S10 c.r.a.b.b.y., but I think it was worth the struggle.

In non-fibery news, the blending board carding cloth for the co-op I've been coordinating just arrived!  So there's 50 someodd pieces of that to package and ship.  I can't wait to see all the DIY boards people are gonna make!  It's exciting, and I'm happy to have been a part of it.  Once these are out, I'll start Round Two, so stay tuned to the Rollin' Rolags forum on Ravelry, if you're interested.

More colorways to come!  I'm thinking next week will be mostly mini-batts and rolags, but I'm riding the wild donkey of inspiration, so who knows where I'll end up!  Somewhere fun, I'm sure.  :-)

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