maandag 8 maart 2010

Cheap Order and the cria-fleece challenge

Last week when I had finished the drops triangular shawl for my wife Delphine immediately startet haunting me for some more knitted stuff, stuff wiht that fuzzy inside daddy was the request. So I went online since my handspun isnt soft enough to wear next to skin to shop for some yarn.
I found a site which was destashing all their Drops yarns for 50% off. So here is the "haul".

Four skeins of this light orange alpaca, which will turn out to be two pair of socks for her.

Three skeins of this creamy white vivaldi mohair wool which is around 280 meters per skein and i had half a skein left from a previous project, this will turn into a bolero or vest, if people have suggestions for something around 1000 meters of yarn for a 7-8 year old girl, please share because i am desperately searching for something girly and cut to make out of this.

These beads were bought on a sale a while ago but never got around to post them, solid colored green ones and seethrough green ones with a silver core which are gorgeous, i have 100 grams of each in total and one is 5/0 and other 6/0 (which means nothing to me). I was hoping to one day spin yarn thin enough to make an aeolian and use these beads, for now they are stashed.

Then after I spun the last bobbin of the fleece I purchased last year and ended up wiht a perfectly soft white skein of 450 meters of around 25 wpi yarn 2ply, which I am extremely happy with) I have now ventured into the fleeces I bought on my birthday. First I really wanted to try the cria-fleece.
This is so very very hard, the staple length is only 1 to 1.5 inches and it is so slippery. At first I tried spinnig from the fold which is impossible. So I ended up combing it loose as can be seen in the picture. The left is how it looks like washed, on the right I have combed it all and spinning works pretty ok but is a slow and tedious process. The result so far is a very very soft single in a gorgeous color. There are some color differnces in the fleece from a hot chocolate brown to a blonde color. Due to the staple length the singles aren't that uniform in thickness but I am hoping that after plying it works out and turns out to be a useable yarn.

I have only 400 grams of this but that might be about the amount my patience can take. Due to the lack of bobbins I need to finihs this fleece before I can dive into the dark chocolate showfleece to spin (600 grams), but that is a post for another day.

Leaves me to close with a picture of the spun cria-fleece......

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