My current work in progress:

1. pour moi, designed by Lori Versaci, knit from Wollmeise Merino DK in the "Stella Polaris" colorway on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
2. Outlander MKAL Shawl, designed by Rachel Rodin, knit from Lornas Laces Shepherd Sport in the "Beauchamps" and "Fraser" colorways on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
3. Myriad stealth projects.

It’s All About the Mohair

In the comments for yesterday’s entry, Jen asked:
The top photo of the scarf makes it look self-striping…is that something that the roving’s colorway was meant to do, did you spin it with the intent of making stripes or did the stripes just sort of happen as you knit it?

Yup, it’s self-striping. If you go back to my January 20 blog entry, you’ll see a photo of some of the roving draped over Katarina. It’s dyed in sections — is this space-dying? I dunno nuthin’ about dying.

Anyhow, what I did was this: I pulled all 8 ounces of the roving out and divided it into two equal pieces by pulling it apart at the center point. Then I took one half and divided it into reasonable lengths, being careful to keep them in order. Each length of roving I carefully split lengthwise into four pieces, and spun each piece separately, being careful to start each piece from the same end. I repeated with each length of roving until I had spun the first half, 4 ounces, which fits on one bobbin.

I repeated the process with the second bobbin, then plied the two bobbins together. Presto, change-o, self-striping yarn!

I really really like the way this scarf is turning out.

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I stopped by Knit Happens briefly after work yesterday, where Holly and Cindy very kindly ooh-ed and aah-ed over the scarf in progress. And I got to see Cindy’s mohair scarf in progress, which she’s knitting from my handspun rainbow mohair. If I had half a brain, I would have thought to take a photo of it, but no. Cindy does have a photo of the start of it on her blog, in this entry. She’s made nice progress on it since then.

Lee Ann asked:
I’m curious: are you knitting with the mohair plied or as singles?

Plied. And just for you (even though you did outbid me on that fiber auction on eBay), an extreme close-up.

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This mohair was a birthday gift to me from L-B, and she got it at Holly Spring Homespun. I looked on their website earlier today and don’t see any mohair roving just now, but I’m betting she’ll have it back again. I’ve got another bag of her mohair roving, this one in purples, pinks, and blues. Yum!

Big-Ass Mitten Report

It was cold and windy today, so I wore my big-ass mittens over gloves to work. I am pleased to report that they worked beautifully! My delicate little fingers remained nice and warm during my commute. Big-ass mittens, I salute thee!

Lucy doesn’t need any mittens to stay warm.

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Contest

I’m getting some . . . um . . . interesting entries into my “what’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever attempted to spin” contest (see yesterday’s blog entry for details). But here are a couple that I bet none of you can top:

Dear Miss Blog Contest Lady:

I once intentionally ripped a hole in my gut with a rusty Swedish Army Knife, and spun all my intestines into a very lovely doily! Am I a winner?

(name withheld to protect the entrant)

See now, that’s unusual! Too bad the entrant disqualified himself by submitting a second entry, which, of course, was expressly forbidden in the contest rules. Here’s the second entry:

Okay, so how about this TRUE story.? Once while in the Delta Quadrant, we landed on a Class B planet and in a Glpleckh bar, drinking Bechl all night, we left around greclhbreak, and just happened to pass a Blubslyk store, and noticed a sale on Gaggh fiber. How could I resist? I brought it home, and spun it up into some perfectly lovely blubslyk yarn. It’s still in my stash room, but I plan to knit it into a Blaghh sweater real soon.

Ahem. No comment.

Spam-a-rama-ding-dong

I close my comments for the previous week’s blog entries every Sunday in my never-ending quest to battle spam. This morning I found seven spam trackback pings. Sigh. So I now close trackbacks for the previous week as well.

Jeez.

Comments

  1. I love the colours of your scarf, they are very natural looking, but still so bright. I can’t wait to see it done

  2. Wendy,

    I fooled the spammers by changing the name of the cgi file. I think it was mt-comments.cgi? I got creative. As long as Movable Type knows what it should be, you can name it anything you want with that .cgi extension and it will foil the spammers. (Obviously you’ll need to do this with trackback too). They run those stupid bots that are looking for the common names, get creative and they’ll never find it..mwahahahah! ;)

  3. Ok, now any who know me, would probably think that I’M the one who sent those two entries in, especially the second one, but for the record:

    NO! IT WAS NOT ME!

    ok, I’m done now…

  4. Do you use MT Blacklist? It’s very very handy for dealing with spammers. Upgrading to MT 3.1 is also nice because it gives you a lot of comment moderation options not available in 2.6. And there’s also a very nice plugin (ConversationKiller) that can be used to automatically close comments on posts. (Not sure if it works with 2.6 or not)

  5. You’re just too popular for your own good. And Cindy’s scarf is just lovely. Good job!

  6. Oh yea..THAT Swedish Army Knife Man…I think I dated him. I got the doily for Christmas with a gift certificate to WalMart.

    Love the mo’hair

  7. What scares me is I actually knew what some of the Klingon was referring to.

  8. Diana & Orion says:

    Hi Wendy. Just wanted to drop in and wish you luck at the hair salon. I’m loving your long locks. Just remember to to emphasize the word TRIM!!! I said JUST A TRIM!! over and over while the scissors are anywhere near your HED.*LOL*

    The scarf looks beautiful. I love the delicacyof the yarn with the eyelet pattern. It really shows it off. Reminds me of a cloud at sunset. Nice work.

    Big Ass Mittens *lol* …still laughing …

    Thanks, have a good weekend, Diana

  9. Diana & Orion says:

    Hi Wendy. Just wanted to drop in and wish you luck at the hair salon. I’m loving your long locks. Just remember to to emphasize the word TRIM!!! I said JUST A TRIM!! over and over while the scissors are anywhere near your HED.*LOL*

    The scarf looks beautiful. I love the delicacyof the yarn with the eyelet pattern. It really shows it off. Reminds me of a cloud at sunset. Nice work.

    Big Ass Mittens *lol* …still laughing …

    Thanks, have a good weekend, Diana

  10. Diana & Orion says:

    Hi Wendy. Just wanted to drop in and wish you luck at the hair salon. I’m loving your long locks. Just remember to to emphasize the word TRIM!!! I said JUST A TRIM!! over and over while the scissors are anywhere near your HED.*LOL*

    The scarf looks beautiful. I love the delicacyof the yarn with the eyelet pattern. It really shows it off. Reminds me of a cloud at sunset. Nice work.

    Big Ass Mittens *lol* …still laughing …

    Thanks, have a good weekend, Diana

  11. You really need to upgrade to 3.15 – they’ve fixed the code so that it’s a lot harder for spam to get through. Plus there are some nice improvements as well. I’m planning to update my install over the weekend.

  12. The scarf is absolutely gorgeous. I love the colors in it.

  13. YOU SPUN THAT? It glows. Damn.

  14. For delicious spinning fiber, have you looked at LaLana in Taos? They have the most amazing fleeces. Everything to raw fleece to beautifully dyed, clean fluffy colors, from rug wool fleece to the most wonderful cashmere. I went there on vacation (it was not the purpose of the trip, just a benefit) and got to touch all of the fleece and yarns. They have some mill spun yarns, but mostly they sell yarns that are handspun for them out of their fleece, so no big name yarn brands. If you want to give dying a try they have wonderful kits with southwestern and exotic plants. The fleece gets a bit expensive in some cases, but it is worth it.

  15. Dyeing is to die for…yet another obsession you need to immerse (get it?!) yourself in (snort). You’ll get to be on the hunt for old crock pots so you can space dye, too. There are so many acid dyes, natural dyes and mordants to make such beautiful colors and combinations. Have you learned about Navajo (which has nothing to do with the tribe) plying? It allows you to maintain your colors in your space dyed fibers. oooh! new techniques! (or not, I don’t know if anyone has mentioned it yet.) Your handspun looks lovely!

  16. Ummm, so how did you know how to do what you did with the roving to get it to self-stripe? Was it instinct, or is there a manual somewhere that tells a person how to achieve the desired effect? I am not yet a spinner, but I have been gathering the tools and supplies (buying dyed roving from ebay, carding combs, hand spindles, but no wheel yet).

  17. I have to say that my comments echo Toni’s – It does scare me that I understand the whole Vietnam intestinal reference. Scary! Not scary is the gorgeous scarf. You’re making me think about spinning… maybe… once my current stash gets under control. The self striping scarf is so delicate and dreamy.

  18. Like others before me, I have to say how beautiful your scarf is. I wish one could buy yarns that were that pretty… A. x

  19. ROFTL at both contest entries…heh, I’d give it to him/her!

  20. See what a lovely discussion I’ve caused you all to have? :D

  21. I have been spinning for years, but more into my knitting the last couple of years. That scarf is making me want to dust the wheel off…. It’s GREAT!
    Are you sure you are a beginning spinner????
    I have spun my dog’s fun (blended with wool) and made the small Debbie Bliss Teddy for my kids. (They shed anyway.) I have also made mittens and a hat for a coworker with her dog’s fur. How do you think Lucy would feel about you spinning her. Would she let you brush her?