Yeah, and I don't have shelf tags on my linen closet, either. Oh, well.
WOW! First, I may be first (not counting on it); second, having just finished three tours for 97.5 gazillion fourth-graders those exquisite colors were just what my sluggish brain needed! Durned if it's not ALMOST enough to make me consider thinking about the possibility of some day spinning. Maybe. But oh my, Stephanie, that yarn is eye-wateringly beautiful, it's downright singing. Thanks for the opportunity to rest my dazed eyeballs on it.
Hmm...Neon appliance colors this time. Very interesting.
Can't wait to see what springy thing you knit with it. Looks like it would be a gorgeous tank top or shrug sweater!
Oh that is some beautiful yarn!
I am really impressed with that spinning! Silk and I definitely don't get along that well, though cashmere and I seem to have come to an understanding. What if you'd plied it with something else entirely? That would've been interesting, too, I think.
What kind of yardage did you get, all told?
silk is my new favorite. that's quite beautiful!
That is quite the impressive difference. I had noticed that singles are sometimes more intense than the roving the first time I did KoolAid dyeing and my nice, moderate orange was suddenly a "don't shoot me" color. Perhaps now I should go dig out the disappointing singles and ply them, perhaps they will darken. And if not, I can always over dye them. :)
i love the loud colors and agree that it would probably be a lovely tank top or some such. great job!
This is just beautiful. Definately a pick-me-up for droopy and rainy days. I think that yarn spun un-perfectly has much more character.
I am very new to knitting, but picked up fast, and asked my husband about spinning the other day. "Umm...let's have you focus on your current knitting projects and lowering the stash a little first. Besides we don't have a lot of room for a wheel." He knows the last comment has to real ground, but I think I'll humor him for a while :)
Snort! "hunting season with Dick Cheney" Snort!
Yarn turned out nice btw.
Very pretty silk handspun. Nothing to apologize for.
Absolutely stunning, breathtakingly so! The burning question now is...what are you going to do with it?
Nice dig about hunting with Cheney, by the way.
Very impressive example of how much a roving can change when spun...the green and white mellowed out the Glow orange/yellow. What will it become?
Loved the Cheney comment, although even brightness wouldn't keep you safe from that one.
Silk is my second favourite 4 letter word!! (I am not saying what the first is!!).
I love to see roving spun as I do all my dyeing at the yarn stage, having not actually learned to spin. I have the wheels, I just don't have the time.
No doubt this will end up as a sock?
Yay! Back to the "lovely yarn and/or knitted objects d'art spread over lovely green and growing things" season!
Hi Steph, that is just beautiful yarn! I think I would just sit and look at it. I have a question regarding spinning: did you have to spin all of it to get this result, or do you do a test-spin (sort of like a swatch) with part of the amount to see if you like the results? It sounds like you just have to jump in and do all of it. What a risk! But an exciting one! How much did you end up with? I can't wait to see what you do with it. Lovely!
It's simply lovely and has inspired me to haul out my spinning wheel this evening and see what I get from spinning up a beautiful batch of mixed blue roving I've been eye lusting for more than a few years now. I can eye lust the yarn afterward. ;-)
That's what I love about spinning - it's always a little like opening a present...such a wonderful surprise! You never know what exactly your're going to get, but if you start with an interesting roving dyed by someone with a wonderful color sense, you are going to end up with something stunning (and you did - congratulations!) By the way - my favorite top to spin is baby alpaca and silk. Shimmering from the silk and soft from the alpaca.
It's beautiful. Maybe someday I can spin that badly! I can only hope. And thanks for the great link on making a tweed batt. Not that I'm anywhere near that, but it's a good tutorial on making a spinnable batt, too!
And just how do YOU do laundry?
Anything less than labeled sheets, flat ironed each morning, is just NOT a good thing...
So very cool all those bright colors turned into beautiful yarn. I think you did rather well. But I am not an expert. But it makes me want to try spinning too. First I have to practice a little more on my knitting skills. Only a humble begginer here. But loving it.
Roving+thought and expertise = exquisite yarn. Martha Stweart (whom I hate with the fury of a thousand white hot suns) isn't fit to wind your bobbins.
I am just beginning to spin; what a wonderful lesson. Although, I acutally like bright colors. Helps people find me when I am in the woods with Dick. No pun intended.
Perhaps someday I'll actually learn how to use the drop spindle with the merino roving my sister gave me as a wedding present 4 years ago.
Though perhaps I should first start with the un-dyed (plain) sheep roving that came with it.
Well I love the veggie! Good work on all fronts! Hey if you donate it as a prize on my sister's MS Ride and can try to win it, though how I'll get Claudia to throw the competition, I don't know. Argh! Priciples!
Is that wrong trying to steal your yarn?
Beautimous spinning! Beautiful yarn...
I'm *always* amazed at how much a yarn will be different from what you'd expect in the roving.
And Abby's stuff??? I scored the last of those tweed batts off of e-bay, and wow - thud - they are gorgeous! Can't wait to start spinning.
Isn't Abby's stuff great!?!?! I saw that Mixed Veggies in her shop but didn't have the guts to try it out. I've loved everything I got from her! Your friend is very thoughtful! (and you did a great job spinning the silk; I just spun 1 oz. of her silk and it's absolutely gorgeous. It'll be a lacy...something).
Geez, Steph, that's gorgeous, both ways! I love the roving and your spun yarn came out looking just beautiful. I agree that you just don't know when you look at all rovings what your yarn will look like, but I find that mystery part of the intrigue that keeps me spinning, and of course, buying roving! Whatcha gonna make from it?
After the seemingly magical transformation from roving to yarn in the time it took me to read this post I am afraid that I may be on a collision course with spinning now too. I've fought the urge for so long, vowing to conqure the sock & the sweater first . But now, having seen this on the eve of my attendance at Shepherds Harvest Sheep & Wool Festival, the kettle corn just may go to my head and the money for spinning gear just may fall out of my pocket. I suppose the only way to top craptacular knitting is with craptacular spinning.
That yarn would bring sunshine even into Bush/Cheney's dark sinful souls. What talents to turn raw materials into something so vibrant and beautiful.
Not shoddy, not at all. It' really lovely! I love the rustic look in yarn, kind of like the hand made earthy look you see in hand thrown pottery.
We are a wildland firefighting and prevention family and those colors are that of a safe fire - like a fireplace, all bright,warm and ready for vivid memories. Wish it was going to be socks for my hubby. Different perspectives on color, even how and why each eye sees it differently is what makes beauty in the world.
It looks somewhat like a bag of those Terra chips, which I'm rather fond of. I don't advise eating the yarn, though. But I'm sure you already knew that.
Heeeeeeeeeeeeeey...nice yarn. Love it. One of these days, I just might add spinning to my list of skills.....
When you spin fiber, it appears a little darker. When you knit it, it gets a little darker yet. It's a rule of thumb in my book.
While spinning silk, powder your hands with cornstarch. It's perfect for combatting the sweatiness! Chalk, talcum powder, or flour might also work, though I haven't tried them.
Abby's stuff is FIRST RATE.
finally veggies I could eat;) Yumtastic.
Hmmm I have some hand dyed silk rovings that I have been avoiding cause I was second guessing the color love- a bright mixed berries colorway.... may just have to spin it n ply it!
;) beautifully imperfectly, lovingly spun. Well done.
"as how Martha Stewart and I prioritize doing a good job of the laundry."
... and I bet her washing machine doesn't even have a name....
Isn't Abby's stuff wonderful!! I'm spinning the wool version of Mixed Veggies as we speak...
That is really beautiful. I don't spin and don't understand all the terminology, you did such a beautiful job. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY . cecilia
that last line? priceless. perfect.
and very reminiscent for me too.
That is so surprising... I never knew spinning could be that magical!
Gorgeous yarn! Doesn't look so much like veggies I'd eat but I love it. And it's silk... sigh.
Now that looked like fun. Nervous fun... but fun still. Let's see that Martha have a go at spinning silk anyways.
As is so often the case, you sell yourself way too short. Your yarn is a marvel, and your juxtaposition of golden glory with purple splendor pure genius.
I'm strangely drawn to the radiated veggie rovings. And I really don't think Martha does her own laundry these days.
Not shoddy, by any means, but have you ever tried spinning silk from the fold? It's a bit easier to control that way.
Hey, it's not everyday that you get a chance to spin all of your veggie groups. Nice skein. I'd love to see what it would look like Navajo plied! That would be trippy!
OMG - just checked the links to Abby's yarns... speechless. Can excessive drool interfere with ability to put together coherent sentences? Lovely stuff. That's all I can come up with.
Kinda looks like succotash :)
I dont' have a ton of experience but even just a little white seems to tone down things quite a bit. I just did some sock yarn than ended up looking a lot different form the roving.
How interesting. I am just starting to research and learn about spinning. I am going to a sheep farm next week. I can hardly wait!!!! I am so excited about the whole thing.
I just bought the book "Teach yourself Visually: Handspinning" Seems to be a very good thorough book. I have learned so much already!!
Okay look here... I already have a rather nasty yarn habit. Evidenced by my crafty pack-rat of a mother being surprised how much yarn I've crammed into my two bedroom apartment.
If you don't cease and desist with the cool descriptions about spinning and the pretty pictures and all that....Well, it won't be pretty. Can a spinning wheel maybe double as other furniture, say an endtable or tv stand?
Beautiful! I just started spinning, and hopefully I can one day make yarns that gorgeous! :)
I like both versions. The finished product reminds me very much of nasturtiums, which are my favorite flower. Okay, so they're not veggies, but they are edible. Peppery and not my idea of food, but non-poisonous wholesome in an Alice Water-ish way.
I think they are BOTH gorgeous! And I'm anxiously awaiting to learn to spin. My first "class" is at Black Sheep this June :D I've even rented a wheel to take with me.
You can spin great yarn AND do international political humor...I'm impressed :)!
Snork. Barbara A.M. used "Cheney" and "brightness" in the same sentence.
Your yarn reminds me of the colour of nasturtiums.
I think the yarn's lovely. And I wish that my silk spinning skills were as good as yours. (Then again, I haven't had much practice on silk. Must go now - I think I hear a fiber purchase calling me.)
Should have read all the way through to Lill's comment re: nasturtiums. I blame Barbara A.M. for my redundancy.
The yarn turned out get. I love the colors.
OMGosh! That is some of *the* most gorgeous stuff I've ever seen! The colors positively sing arias to me.
Thank you for stopping by and commenting - I may never wash my blog again! Er, well, you know what I mean: I'm honored. :)
That yarn really does look quite a bit like nasturtiums, which are quite yummy in a salad or slapped into a sandwich. You certainly tamed the roving!
GORGEOUS yarn, stephanie! i enjoyed reading about it and looking at the pix almost as much as i enjoyed your Dick Cheney comment ... ~grin~
You *need* to try some of Abby's sock batts. I swear they draft themselves. I recently got two coordinating colorways so I can make rainbow striped socks!
This is almost -- please note the word almost -- enough to make me want to learn how to spin. Almost. Because the end result is quite lovely.
And am I the only one who thinks the roving (is that the right turn) wasn't really that bright? Or has the lime green and strawberry pink tank I'm making for someone warped my color sense?
Uh, that word was supposed to be Term. Not Turn. *mutters about the spellchecker from hell*
That color is amazing! I love golden yellow. I would knit more of it if it didn't make me look like I have hepatitis. Le sigh.
I posted this on yesterday's blog because today's wasn't up yet, but it is buried WAYYY at the end and I wanted everyone to have a chance to read it, so, forgive me, I am re-posting :)
Hey, I tried to search the comments for this, and I am not sure if any of you have mentioned it or not, but The Harlot SO deserves the vote for the best "hobby" blog (Knitting is a life choice, not a hobby), if not the vote for the best blog ever! Please vote here: http://www.bloggerschoiceawards.com
She already has about 90 votes but hey, there are at least 750 of us readers (fans) out here - Represent!
Okay - straight up, posting things like this just isn't fair. I have spun once and would really like to do it again/more and I've been able to subjugate the personality that fell in love with spinning. But a roving like that - with the silk & the colours!!! - appeals to all of my personalities!
It looks wonderful Stephanie - I can't wait to see more of the yarn and what becomes of it.
It's gorgeous! I'm so jealous! Maybe this means I should get off my arse and learn to spin one of these days. Thanks for the inspiration!
Please consider writing something for this:
I think you have a point of view (or several!) that should be shared with a wider audience.
Oh, pretty yarn, reminds me of a garden full of marigolds!
Yay, I'm vegetarian, I didn't know you were too. We're taking over the world!
I love Abby's batts. In fact I got 4 new colours in today!
Abby is a wonderful lady to deal with - highly recommend. She also knows more about spinning than I ever could hope to.
What, pristinely folded, crisp cornered, laundry neatly stacked in categorized and colourwheeled closets that have been perfectly painted and organized to frightening proportions isn't high on your list of things to do this weekend? Are you mad? What kind of woman doesn't have that as number one on the maid's to do list (also categorized)?!
Steph. Of all people. I mean, we have not actually met in person and I only know you on the internet and from e-mail ... but still ... of ALL people! I would have never, EVER figured you for one to be walking in the woods, or anywhere else, for any reason whatsoever, with Dick Cheney.
Unless, of course, you are trying to warn the deer, the ducks and any other living creature within a 2200-metre radius.
Having said that ... I must add that I am beyond impressed. This is the first time I have EVER seen anyone spin menudo!
Really lovely stuff, Steph. I love golden colorways.
That's amazing. The reality of how different a yarn looks from skein/ball to swatch is still fully dawning on me . . . and the transformation that happens from roving to finished product is staggering sometimes. And fascinating--endlessly so.
I love how sort-of magic spinning is, how the colours just sometimes come out so much greater than you ever thought they would, and how singles transform themselves when you ply them together.
Or, there's the alternate, the bad kind of spinning magic where that lovely rainbow coloured, carefully pre-drafted fibre turns itself into mud in your hands, and you scream at it, "IF I WANTED BROWN, I WOULD HAVE BOUGHT BROWN."
This is a great example of the good kind of spinning magic.
So the question is, what would Martha spin?
Part of the good fun of the whole hand dyed universe is naming the colors. That stuff is not just mixed veggies, it is FRESH Mixed Veggies. I think you came up with a great yarn, and I can't wait to see what it will become.
Wow! Fantastically gorgeous yarn in the end, and the tweed tutorial was fascinating. I think I'm going to be getting myself into trouble on Abby's ebay site.
you and abby did a wonderful job. can't wait to see what you do with it!!!
Let it never be said I wasn't flexible. Fridays are for Spinning (or is it Fridays are for Spinning Silk -- Tuesdays are for Spinning Wool?)
Interesting exploration of principles -- duly noted --, in either case.
Holy cow, I'm touched! Thank you! I *love* to see what people do with my fibers, and truth to tell, that's probably half the fun for me. Of course, there are perhaps 8 halves to the whole here, because another half is playing with colours in a totally abstract way, free from the worries about things like "yeah, but this makes me look like a zombie if I wear it" or "geeze, this is full-on toys-r-us pandering girl toy aisle pink and purple" or "well, everyone says that traditional neutrals are in this season." Plus there's naming things, and with Mixed Veggies, I was on the fence about whether it was peas, carrots, and corn turned up to HIGH, or salsa that didn't quite work out, or what. I try to name my colours for what they'll be spun up -- with varying degrees of success, sometimes!
Colour in Spinning is a *great* book, and one of the things that's great about it is that it encourages one to take risks while still having faith that somehow, somehow, it'll work out. And I second what a previous commenter said about spinning silk from the fold (Grafton Fibers has a great page about that somewhere), plus I bet you would be shocked (in a good way) by tussah silk.
Thanks again for the very kind words, I'm so glad you enjoyed the fiber, and wouldn't you know, just when I'm nigh out of silk for a week or two...
Stop being so modest about your spinning - silk is tough (sticky) stuff. The yarn is be-ayoootiful.
While I know very little of spinning (yet...I need to find a teacher), I know pretty yarn and that, my friend, is very pretty yarn. Gorgeous, even. I can't wait to see how it knits up.
I guess this means that nasty old cold is history : )
Beautiful yarn, Stephanie. You have turned spinning into a spectator sport for me, probably for some other apartment-dwelling knitters, too.
That Abby. She wicked crazy talented. If you get any more of her too-bright roving, feel free to pass it on to me! :)
Love your yarn! But then again, I love pretty much everything you do (and no, you have not acquired a nutty stalker).
Stephanie, I love that yarn! It came out great! Heck, I'd knit with it! Very spring like. I hope to try spinning in the future.
That roving totally looks like the vegetable curry they sell at my local farmer's market (they are a bit heavy-handed with the turmeric, and WAY too eager with the cayenne pepper!), but the yarn looks like my Mum's Bubble and Squeak (a mixed vegetable mash that was the ultimate in winter-time comfort food when I was a kid).
And I see the morning glories are blooming in Canada. Happy Springtime to you all.
Good grief, that yarn could almost get me interested in eating more veggies! [g] And 'shoddy, underspun'? Pthththttttt. It looks like nice, soft, springy yarn with character to me, and came out lovely. (Although if you want more control, I'm with Marcia up there on spinning silk from the fold.)
And I can't believe I haven't pimped this book here before... I have yet to get Deb Menz's book, although I keep looking at it for future. ;) But one reason I haven't gotten around to it is because I have another wonderful book that most people overlook for color in spinning. (Because of the title, I think.) That's Diane Varney's Spinning Designer Yarn, by Interweave Press. (Reprinted in 2003; I got my copy in the 80's or so, and it's falling apart.) Yes, a goodly portion of the book is about different yarn construction - and a superb resource it is for that. All sorts of wonderful yarns, from basic to wild. But! You want color options? Ohmygawd. The first part of Varney's book is about color in spinning. Not only the basics of dyeing, but much more on blending colors via carding, then later on, by spinning method. The one picture alone of how progressive cardings will change the results of color in a yarn is enough to make you dizzy thinking of the possibilities. Better yet, she tells you how to do it with hand cards or a drum carder, before she gets into what you can do during spinning.
Go grab a copy, ASAP. I don't think you'll be disappointed, and it should prove a good complement to Menz's book. Great close-ups, so you can really see the details, marvellous yarns, gorgeous, gorgeous color combinations, and more techniques than you can shake a spindle at. It's the one book I *always* recommend someone getting, no matter how good a spinner they are.
Ha, ha. Not to worry, Dick only goes hunting his friends. Hunting WITH! I mean hunting WITH his friends!!!
Beautiful. Simply beautiful.
Love how that yarn turned out.
Gorgeous! Great work spinning!!!
Lovely! Spinning is such a mystery to me. What kind of subtle gorgeousness will it become now?
Heh heh heh, this entire post had me alternating between wide eyed wonder and fits of giggles, such pretty yarn, such a funny post. The violet is most beautiful.
Oooooo-ahhhhhhhh...pretty-pretty! So whatcha gonna knit with it??? Inquiring minds want to know.
Gah! Martha Stewart! My laundry could beat up her laundry any day. Hmmphf.
I have to learn to spin...especially if I get to see magic like that happen coming from my own fingers...even if it is badly done, it's lovely.
Both DH and I love your comment about Dick Cheney. I was chuckling to myself and he heard me and wanted to know what was so funny. Drat I found out that your talk is on the same night as DH MMM meeting but he said he wants to come and hear you too as he thinks you're so funny as well. I recruited another gal who is just learning how to knit at my dentist office. lol
It looks like fresh summer squash- very appealing! One of the owners of my favorite local knit shop, Village Yarn & Tea (near Seattle), made herself a cropped raglan tee out of a very similar colorway (named Daffodil), and wore it over an olive green cami with her jeans. The affect was charming. It seemed too bright but it wasn't, if that makes sense. I remember thinking the color was not one that many people would be brave enough to try.
If I had a hit of acid, and I saw something like that, I'd probably die from sensory overload. Something like that. That would be really bad. Super bright colors scare me... it's all about the dark, cool, jewel tones.
What an enjoyable blog. I haven't ever spun, but something about this post in particular makes me want to give it a try sometime. Your photos are excellent as well, and I especially love the aesthetics of the closing shot.
Beautiful finished product!
I like the complimentary color flower there...
Isn't the whole pre-dyed roving/spinning thing amazing? Magical alchemy, I tell you. That roving may have scared me off too except for the fact that I'm just-barely experienced enough in spinning now to have faith in a positive, surprising outcome. Look what you ended up with...I rest my case!
I am just constantly amazed at your talents. I have a wheel on loan from a friend and have some roving and don't have the first clue about what I'm doing. My library lacks woefully in the fiber arts department, the local spinning guild meets at 10 a.m. on Wednesday afternoons, and it's rather frustrating! I just need to pin down a friend who has a little weekend time to spend spinning with me.
Thanks for sharing your spin-venture. The colors are gorgeous. And the singles (and the 2 ply) rock!
Wonderful pictures and laugh-out-loud commentary. (Shall we pray for the blinded innocents?) I love how the skein ended up with little flecks of organic green in it.
I have decided I will work backwards to spinning, then keep going backwards to raising the animals. Last week I did Kool-Aid dyeing, and I can tell it won't be long before I venture to the spinning. Thanks for putting all the beautiful (though challenging) goals right up in front of us!
How dare you dis that lovely yarn? Designers charge extra for thos unique, hand-crafted elements. If YOU don't like it, send it to me and I will give it a good home and much love.
Honestly, it's beautiful yarn, and for your first venture spinnning silk, you did wonderfully!
Looking forward to your visit to Portland on June 8!
please, Stephanie, I second this... You've got so much to say...
"Please consider writing something for this:
I think you have a point of view (or several!) that should be shared with a wider audience.
Posted by: Chris at May 11, 2007 5:33 PM'
Those colors actually do make me hungry as well...
The colors seems like some yummy indian spicy cooking...
Truly beautiful - colors I can relate too and seem to go with your them of 70's appliance colours.
Spinning and I have a love-hate relationship. I love it, it hates me. I love fiber, but throwing up bits of it into the air aggravates my allergies. So I must love roving and spindles vicariously. Sigh.
At least I can take solace in my veggie kabobs. :)
Now that is intersting, to see a roving I would never buy being turned into yarn I would happily stop and sniff (and buy if funds allowed). Just goes to show you never can tell from a roving just how it will turn out.
Since I sew, knit and crochet, I love all of the colors - before and after. Unfortunately, I cannot dye or spin, although I would love to. I can see the silk in a down-to-there decolette neckline halter top evening dress. Then, to make up for the lack of beets in the fabric, do heavy garnet jewelry with it. Yummy! (couldn't help myself)
I just started spinning, so much to learn about plying and colour theory that I took many times in college is coming in handy now.
I'ma smellin da screen..but nothin. I love violets and I haven't smelled one for agesss. Nice yarn, too!
I know zilch about spinning, but I know gorgeous yarn when I see it. Pass the veggies, please.
Love your blog for the inspiration it always provides. Thinking I need to get the antique wheel working some silk very shortly!
that is some SERIOUSLY beautiful yarn. i am in love with that bright yellow colorway!
Happy mothers day from the states!
I wanted to wish you a happy mom's day
your blog brings a lot of sunny shine into what I
sometimes think of as a gray day.
thanks lori in florida
Wow - what a difference that made in the colour. It looks really great - I have to tell you, I have bought silk yarns that look just as finished as yours. I don't think your spinning is as bad as you think it is.
Try saying that 3 times fast!
An amazing transformation, and the blinding color turns into a jewel-bright color instead! I'm not a spinner myself and am fascinated to see what comes off the wheels of others.
FYI, I recently revived my long-neglected tiny knitblog and added links to my favorite knitblogs in the sidebar. Had to include the Yarn Harlot, of course. ;o) I don't comment very frequently but read faithfully.
Happy Mother's Day from one mom of three girls to another. Relax, and knit lots today. Sir Washie can have the day off too, unless one of those lovely girls wants to endear herself....... Perhaps Martha has a website one could refer to for (seriously) detailed laundry instructions.
I understand that it's not a Candian holiday but it's sort like Day of the Dead if you have Mexican neighbors? It spills over into your yard, too, but in a good way.
So ... Happy Mother's Day. I hereby declare that Sir Washie has the day off.
Unless you want to felt something.
I hereby stand corrected. I have been informed that it is indeed Mother's Day in Canada today ... DH and I had it in our heads that Canadian Mother's Day must be later, on a different Sunday, or perhaps in June, what with spring dawdling on its way up North. Later ... you know ... to assure that brunch and flower-related activities are not interfered with by hockey or skiing or other snow-related things.
Why do I feel that I have just made a major gaffe in my application for Canadian citizenship? lesson learned!
Happy Mother's Day!! Hope your knitting or gardening or spinning or whatever makes you happy!!
It's gorgeous - it looks like it's going to be fun to knit. My favourite colours are in the 'veg' family.
The silk is beautiful. It will make such a nice accent for spring and summer. Enjoy.
I'd've been spinning it to accentuate the brightness. But then, subtlety has never been my suit with the long pants....
i hope you had a wonderful mother's day at your place, and the same to all the mothers who stop by: happy spring, and armloads of colourful/delicious veg/flowers/yarn...
Darn you, Harlot!
Now, thanks to your witty commentary and shots of brilliant roving, I, too, wish to begin spinning. I am inspired by your tenacity and the fact that anything, simply ANYTHING is possible with yarn. I need to find a spinning class.
My husband is not going to be pleased about this. (He does appreciate the ongoing sock adventures, however... :-) !!!)
Very nice, I'm impressed with how you got the colors to tone down.
I'm absolutely in love with Abby's fiber, it's a joy to spin. I drool over her blog regularly :)
Silk is fun to work with, but you have to twist the heck out of it to make up for its slipperiness. Keep playing!
Isn't Abby's stuff great?! I love her sock batts: blends of superwash and silk.
First of all, it's gorgeous.
Second of all, I don't know if you saw it, but that is the exact color combination I made my crazy/bulky leg warmers out of. The kind of leg warmers that make me look like I belong on a Muppet Show monster sketch. Needless to say, I love them, and if you're dyeing of curiosity now, they're linked in my sidebar.
Oh Stephanie! I've been reading your blogs for a long time and I've never commented before, but I really want you to know what a delight it is to come home after a stressful (or not) day at the office and hit your website. You have such an uncanny ability to make something out of nothing (who would think reading about stepping on a toy would be entertaining?), as all good entertainers do. Such a pleasure. Continue on, friend. As an aside, the spun yarn really is beatiful. You have many talents.
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