Sunday, April 04, 2010

Bannockburn

If you're reading this, I want to thank you for bearing with me while I get used to having a baby in the house, working full time, and still managing to get in some knitting and spinning time. Eventually I hope to get back to my more regular schedule of posting two to three times a week, but for now I hate to post when there's nothing exciting to show you.

But for today, I do have a couple of things. First up is the March shipment of the Crown Mountain Farms Fiber Club, which I finally finished on Friday night after spending most of the month of March on it. It started out looking like this, 4 ounces of shetland in a colorway called Bannockburn (and I'm afraid my photo doesn't do it any justice):

I'd never spun shetland before, but I knew that shetland is often used in lace yarns, so that's what I decided to do. My two-ply laceweight is approximately 595 yards -- not my best lace yardage ever, but it should still be plenty to make something pretty.

I still have the April shipment (Wensleydale) to spin, but because I'm planning a laceweight singles yarn for that, I need a little break with something thicker. So I started in on some BFL/silk from All Spun Up that is the April/May spinalong fiber. It's an absolute dream to spin and should be finished relatively quickly as a result. That's a good thing, too, because I went a little crazy during the CMF March Madness sale, so I have a lot in the spinning queue.

Spinning is easier to do at home because there's no pattern to pay attention to and I don't have to mark my place if I have to stop suddenly, but now that I'm working again, I am getting a little bit of knitting done during my lunch break. I finished something yesterday, but it needs to be blocked before it gets its proper photo shoot, so for now I'll just give you a peek:

8 comments:

Jen said...

What a perfect colorway for March! The handspun is as gorgeous as ever. I meant to tell you at knit night that I also picked up the Start Spinning video. Now I just need some time when the kids are in bed and I can simultaneously keep my eyes open to try it out!

Looking forward to seeing your mystery project!

Beck said...

Looks interesting!

bockstark.knits said...

oooh, teaser pic!! can't wait to see what it is! the yarn is so gorgeous! i love greens/yellows!

Julie said...

Oooh, that Shetland is beautiful!

I guess you did go a little crazy with that sale; that's not a bad thing, though :-)

SamIam said...

Hi. I don't know if you read these comments but I was wondering if you could tell me if you use a drop spindle for all of this spinning or an actually spinning wheel. Just curious, I am thinking of trying the spinning and would really like to know how you come up with this beautiful yarn. Thanks. Samantha

Liz T. said...

I think you are doing great trying to learn to balance the new mommy thing, the work thing, the home thing and then...maybe a little "me time" thing! It will all settle into place and you won't be able to imagine life any differently. Always eager to see what you've managed to squeeze in - the sneak peek looks great! And speaking of sneak peeks - any cute Easter photos?!!

Yvonne said...

I know what it ih-is! I know what it ih-is!

DPUTiger said...

I have no idea what the mystery project is in the last photo, but WOW, I LIKE IT!

Funny your roving/yarn is named Bannockburn. That's the Chicago suburb where my college roommate grew up!