What’s on My Bobbin? – A Mixture of Colorful Fiber, That’s What

All four of my bobbins
This is what’s on all four of my bobbins today.

Do me a favor, folks.  No matter how much I beg, plead, and cry please don’t let me get me another bobbin.  I have four bobbins and in typical spinner fashion, I feel I need about 300 more.  The hard, fast rule in my home is that the fourth bobbin is ONLY for plying so it is off limits for singles.  Otherwise, I would be in one heck of a pickle and my life would turn into a really hard logic puzzle.  And I really suck at logic puzzles.  LOL

Bobbin #1

Bobbin #1
Bobbin #1

What you see on the fat bobbin is purple Super Wash Merino in a lovely purple with sparkle.  This is half of a two ounce roving.  I like the fact that one half of the braid was dyed one color and the other half was dyed another.  This would make it easy to spin all together and then Andean ply if I had chosen.  But I will ply this as I normally do with the second half of the roving on bobbin #2.

Peeking through is the sparkly Wintery Batt I spun last month.  I haven’t taken it off the bobbin because I wanted to add the green, sparkly Romney and do one big wind off onto the niddy noddy so I could full the singles all at once.  However, since I am not in the mood to deal with excessive sparkle, it might be a few more months before I spin the green batt.

Bobbin #2

Bobbin #2
Bobbin #2

I spun the second color of the purple roving onto this bobbin.  It’s a strange color and I’m not 100% sure that it goes with the purple.  The best description is flesh colored which makes it sound rather macabre, but I’m going to ply it with the purple anyway.  I tried to think of other colors to ply it with, but nothing really stood out in my mind.  I’ll let you know how it comes out in the end.  I’m hoping to be delightfully surprised.

Bobbin #3

Bobbin #3
Bobbin #3

Recently, I started dying fiber.  This was my first attempt and though I was a bit skeptical while it soaked in the dye, I think it came out alright.  I do have a problem with adding too much of an ingredient when I cook and it seems I did the same thing for my first round of dyeing.  But I’m alright with that.

Originally, I had intended to make a bright rainbow gradient.  I should have known better.  The colors were muddied and incredibly dark in the pan, but I like the way it came out.  I accidentally made chocolate brown and black but I don’t care.  I like it.  I’ll get better the more dyeing I do.  (As a side note, there was not one bit of dye on my fingers when I was done spinning.  Yeah me for setting the colors correctly!)  My plans are to ply this with the second half of the same roving once I clean off the other bobbins to make a really dark autumn to winter gradient yarn.

What fiber is on your bobbins?  Do you think you might need more bobbins or do you feel you have enough?  Let me know in the comments below.

Have an excellent day!

Nose Bumps
Nose bumps from the Bun Sisters

WIP Tuesday – The Adirondack Wrap

Adirondack Wrap by OneDogWoof
Close up of the stitches of my Adirondack Wrap by OneDogWoof

I came across The Adirondack Wrap by OneDogWoof designs a bit over a month ago when someone posted a link to the pattern on Facebook.  It wasn’t hard to fall in love with this wrap.  The geometry of three triangles sewn together to create one big rectangle caught my eye.  When I saw that it used Lion Brand Mandala, I knew I had to put it on my hook.  This is what I chose to worked on today at the library.

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Combining Individual Talents to Create a True Family Project

Mom's bag
The finished family project just in time for spring.

Everyone in my immediate family has their own creative talents.  Some of these talents overlap since Mom and I both crochet while I spin some of the yarn Mom likes to use in her knitting.  My Dad takes over the mechanical aspect of things when hardware is involved like adding grommets to the sock yarn bags my Mom sews.  Sometimes all three of us collaborate to create a true family project like the one I am showcasing today.  This one became even more multigenerational as you will see below.

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WIP Tuesday – What’s Next for the “Frog”?

What was once frogged...
What was once frogged…

Remember my post from last Tuesday about me frogging a sweater I knew I was never going to finish?  Oh, what a stir it caused!  I’m still laughing about the insanity!  But now I have to get back to work with the remnants of that stupid sweater.  It was an ugly frog that needs to become a handsome prince.  What shall it become?

Perhaps I should just chuck the whole lot and give it to charity.  The problem is that I am very stubborn when it comes to problems that need solving.  I will work on them far longer than I should.  And I’m afraid that this is the long road I will travel with this frogged yarn.

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WIP Tuesday – A Frogging We Will Go

So it begins...
So it begins…

Today’s post is about giving it up, starting over, and trying to move on.*  No, sillies, it’s not “personal”.  It’s about frogging a project that just doesn’t seem to be working out for you.  Whether it’s the yarn, the pattern, the combination of the two, or something else that makes you strongly dislike a project, sometimes you just have to “let it go”. (cue the characters from “Frozen”)

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The BFL Spin in Done!

The two-ply and the single
The two-ply and the single

Yesterday afternoon I finally finished the BFL spin.  It was such a pleasure to ply the yarn and put it on the niddy noddy.  As always, my spinning came out better than I thought it would.  When I spin the singles I imagine them as horrid pieces of rope.  I ask myself what ever possessed me to spin.  In my heart I know it’s low confidence and that I have come a long way from the pile of knots I first spun over a year ago.

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WIP Tuesday – Spring Cleaning the Spindle Spun Continues

Spindle spun springtime yarn
Springtime yarn I spun on my spindle last year

The yellow tulips just at the bottom of my steps are pushing through the cold, hard ground as I continue spring cleaning my spindle spun yarns.  Today’s project celebrates the spring season, though it seems to be late this year.  Six days ago I woke to 10 1/2 inches of snow on my deck and it’s still hanging around.  Is it too much to ask for warm, sunny days so I can sit outside with Loki and spin my heart out?

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What’s on My Bobbin? – Spinning a Wintry Batt

Sunlight in the Snow batt
The sunlight reflecting off the snowy batt

In honor of the snow that fell yesterday, I spun a wintry batt that is reflecting today’s melting snow.  The sparkle nestled in the white Romney looks like the sunlight on the snow this morning.  It’s amazing how the dreariness of yesterday’s storm evolved into something so beautiful today.  The snow is continuing to fall, but this time it’s the sun melting the snow on the tree branches.

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Why I’m not a Yarn Snob

Red Heart Super Saver and Handspun Yarn
Does this trigger the Yarn Snob in you? It shouldn’t.

Here is my yarn story for today’s Misc. Monday:  Once upon a time and for a fleeting moment shortly after I began spinning, I felt my soul being drawn towards a certain negative force.  It felt so wrong.  It’s just not who I am.  However, I couldn’t fight it.  I was being drawn into the depths of yarn hell!.  Then, like the protagonist in a shape-shifting monster anime, I resisted that negativity and regained myself.  Ahhh….  Zen….

What was this horrible force drawing me into the void, you may ask.  It was the awful enemy, “The Yarn Snob”.  It looks down on Red Heart Super Saver.  It scoffs at Lion Brand Pound of Love.  It sneers at Caron Simply Soft.  It also considers certain other yarns (depending on its branch of yarn religion) less than dirt.  It’s a horrible enemy that must be quashed!.  It must be annihilated!

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Introduction to My Beginner Crochet Series

Welcome to my Beginner Crochet Series!  Whether you have never picked up a crochet hook before today or you have only dabbled just a tiny bit only to have a wonky something-or-another as a result, I hope to help you learn and improve your crochet skills.

Dish cloths
Small projects like these dish cloths are a great way to feel you have achieved something when you first start crocheting.

Crochet is so much more than your Grandmother’s doilies and Granny Square afghans, though both are staples in the world of yarn.  And yes, it will take many hours of practice to master the basic stitches.  However, your biggest challenge will be training your hands and fingers to effectively use a crochet hook.  I understand you will feel awkward and clumsy in the beginning.  This is a new skill that requires fine tuning your motor skills.  And you know what?  That’s okay.  You are not a robot that lacks programming.  You are a human being that needs to make mistakes to move forward and improve yourself.

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