An afternoon of gorgeous fibers, good food and friends is a great way to break up the winter blah. It's been not quite so breathtakingly cold the past few days. Spring is on its way.
Plus the house we were at had a lovely wine grotto. Jealous!
It also gave me a chance to get out with my travel wheel. Golly, I'm sick of spinning brown fleece.
I've got 5 bobbins spun up and the basket of batts still has quite a bit of fluff left. I'm really enjoying spinning it, but I usually put a movie on and sit in the dark while I'm spinning. It's just so brown.
To improve my spinning mood, I dug through my stash and grabbed a braid of Creatively Dyed bamboo/wool blend.
I got it at MDSW ages ago, and I spun up an aran-weight 2-ply.
I'm not quite sure how much yardage I have since I'm letting it rest on the bobbin, but it was a fun, colorful spin. While I was plying, I realized the bamboo fibers are so long and strong that this could have just been left as a single. I have no idea what this wants to be yet, but I enjoyed every moment of it.
I also started spinning some Cormo from Foxhill Farm in Massachusets.
She doesn't have a website, but the internet is filled with raves about her fleece and roving. It's gorgeous stuff- it's not heavily processed so you can really feel the lively crimp in the fiber. It also has a slight sheepy smell to it that I love. I'm spinning woolen, from the fold, lace singles to be plied. This will make a lovely cabled hat.
I also finished the pair of steeky socks, but I need some daytime pictures to do them justice.
I cast on for a shawl-
It's the Shaelyn Shawl. I'm using a Bijou Basin Yak/Merino blend called Himalaya Trails. It's nice stuff- It's rustically spun and makes a for soft, lofty yarn.
Also, there is more beer.
It will be another week or two before we bottle, but this is in an "almost beer" stage. The original batch is pretty much gone- we have found that beer makes highly appreciated gifts and we've been keen to share.