Blackberry Lemonade!

I’ve got a bit more handspun loveliness for you today, my friends. Are you getting tired of all the pretty yarns yet? Does anyone think I have an unhealthy obsession with spinning? (that might be true) Nevertheless, I’m still in the first stage of infatuation with my new wheel, so spinning is currently beating out knitting as my favorite thing to do when I’m by myself. (although all bets are off when it becomes watermelon sock time. I’m just going to have to finish all my other projects first.) Side note on the new wheel: I feel like she needs a name. Do people name their spinning wheels? Is this a thing? She’s just got so much personality (as well as being tiny and cute) that I feel like she deserves one.

Anyway, back to my spinning adventures. You guys know about Woolgatherings, right? If not, go educate yourselves. They dye absolutely stupendous spinning fiber. Their colors are beautiful, with long repeats that bring so much joy to my heart. The preparation is also beautiful, with fibers drafting easily and smoothly. No unladylike language was used during the spinning of this roving. It was a beautiful dream. You wanna see it, right? Well, this was what I started with:

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I tried to spin very fine, but I’m still getting used to my new wheel and I only spun moderately fine. I wanted to keep those scrumptious colors together, so I Navajo plied it on my big spindle. (I refuse to chain ply on the wheel. It upsets me.) Also, the fiber is Blue-faced Leicester and silk, so it’s a trifle grabby. I don’t mind that it’s a bit thicker than I wanted, because look!

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I got this amazing yarn! Isn’t it awesome??

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I think it looks like pretty autumn leaves or striations in sedimentary rock, but when Greg saw it he thought it looked like blackberry lemonade, and it just stuck. (probably because I want it to be blackberry season reeeeeally badly.) Also, unlike many of my other spinning projects, it knows exactly what it wants to be! (I’ve already downloaded the pattern and everything) It’s going to be the Age of Brass and Steam kerchief! I’ve been wanting to knit this for ages, and the yarn spoke to me, (metaphorically. If my yarn starts actually talking to me, I’m headed right for straight jacket land.) and it demanded to be this! It also happened to be precisely the correct weight and yardage. (230 yards of DK weight.) I love it when stuff works out like that. What do you think about my selection? I’m always open to other opinions :)

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16 Comments

  1. Gorgeous fiber, beautiful yarn and of course we don’t mind seeing all the lovelies! As for naming the wheel I did with my first one (Beatrice) and have been toying with one for the newest wheel (leaning towards Gertrude) I say name the wheel if it makes you happy. Great job and I can’t wait to see the FO with the yarn, I bet it will be stunning!

    • Actually, as I began to think about it, I realized that the wheel already had a name to go with her personality. She was just waiting for me to be properly introduced :P

  2. I love the color combinations! Fantastic!

    • Thanks! They’re not really typical for me, but Boston is so grey right now I am craving color!

  3. Just fabulous! Simply gorgeous!!

  4. Wow! Totally gorgeous! Perfect pattern.

    • Thanks! I am a simple person, and love watching color repeats appear in a pattern :)

  5. What fantastic colours! Your ABS will look amazing – can’t wait to see it!

    • I can’t wait to wear it! This got really soft when I washed it.

  6. needleandspindle

    Oh you gotta name your wheel! If there is deep love, then you need a name. I have a 1974 Tekoteko Wendy, an old New Zealand wheel. She is called Esther, and such a pretty thing. Not fast or modern (and I do dream of such things) but she does for me.

    Age of Brass and Steam will be perfect, the colour changes will work really well I reckon.

    • I love how these wheels last forever! They’re so beautifully made. It’s crazy to think that this technology has been around for hundreds of years, and has changed very little until recently. I actually find that to be very inspiring.

  7. Love the yarn and the pattern! (Just added to my Ravelry queue.) Absolutely name your wheel! I’ve been calling mine “My Precioussssss” because I swear it’s got some kind of magical hold on me. ;-)

    • Hahaha I love it! I know the feeling, ever since I got my wheel I have been totally obsessed.

  8. Blackberry lemonade indeed! I’m enjoying watching your spinning adventures :)

    • Thanks! I’m having a lot of fun with it :) I need to start knitting out of my handspun stash soon, or I’m going to be buried in yarn!

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