Sunday, December 28, 2008

That Shiny Yarn

Well, I'm back. I've been meaning to blog, but I've been too busy knitting new-ish projects and playing with my big Chanukah present. I thought it only appropriate that the first real thing I took pictures of was my latest handspun.

Two-ply laceweight, approximately 680 yards, spun from Chameleon Colorworks 50% merino/50% tencel, colorway Ophelia. It took a long time to spin and even longer to ply, but I'm thrilled with the results.

This is enough yarn to knit a decently sized shawl. It's a little uneven in spots, but I think the shine more than makes up for any inconsistencies or flaws in my spinning.

I did have some singles leftover on one bobbin, so I decided to go back to my old practice of Navajo plying for a mini-skein. The results looked pretty bad at first, but a wash and whack evened out the yarn beautifully -- and the resulting skein allowed me to play with my camera for some fancy-schmancy shots.

This shot was my favorite -- see the little fibers sticking out of the end? There's no way I could've gotten a shot like that with my old camera except by sheer luck.

I hope everyone had a good holiday week, and I'm excited to hear what exciting knitterly gifts you may have gotten!


  1. Ooh, shiny camera! Tom said he's getting me a new one next year as a Christmas/birthday present!

  2. Nice present! And lovely spinning - I especially like the look of the Navajo plying!

  3. I got a new Nikon DSLR too! My next two FO posts were taken with the new camera. I love it! :) Your handspun looks great!

  4. Anonymous6:58 AM

    Nice new toy you got there.

    Beautiful spinning as usual!

  5. jealous (1)

    So cool! I can't wait to see more pics! And the spinning? Gorgeous!

  6. You will love the camera. DSLRs are great and you will wonder how you ever used a point and shoot.
    Love my D80!