Blending Board Fun!

Now that I had some fun fiber to play with that I purchased at NY Sheep and Wool, I ordered myself a blending board from Fancy Kitty. I only had to wait two days before I had it in my hands and I started playing with it that night. Blending boards are great for mixing fibers and making your own rolags or mini batts from for spinning. Here is what I have made so far.

Oscar - .35oz - merino blend - 10.24.13






Which spun up into this:

Now I just need to find projects that will work with what I’m mixing and spinning up. Either way, I’m having a blast with fiber. Last weekend I got more too. This time I went to the New England Fiber Festival. I got some new fiber to try out. Can’t wait to get started. Can’t decide which I want to do first!

The white fiber is cormo and so soft! To the left of that in the bag is sari silk. The blue/purple mix under the cormo is alpaca, also super soft, and the red/orange braid is polworth. I’ve never spun any of them so we’ll see how it goes. The two heddles on the left are for my Cricket loom, an early Christmas present so I can weave now. I’ve only had the one heddle since I got my loom a couple years ago. Now I can do thinner and thicker yarns!


Drop spindle spun yarn

I have finally gotten better at using my drop spindle when spinning yarn. My first attempts I was using way too much roving for fear of it breaking. Now I have a feel for how thin I can go without it breaking. I am also happy that I can also keep it mostly the same thickness. It gets thinner and thicker in places, but nowhere near as bad as my first attempts were!

One inch button for size reference.

Right now this is just single spun. I am working on spinning more yarn and will possibly ply the two together.

A little of this and that

First up is this amigurumi I started last week. He is huge and I ran out of yarn to give him arms. I was just playing around and trying to figure things out so he is a bit wonky.
Mr. Experiment

I made this little guy with what was left of the yarn.
Lil Dude

I went to Webs today for the first time and got some pretty yarn along with this super soft and pretty roving. I have only spun up a little of it so far and I’m loving how it looks. I have also managed to mostly keep the yarn the same thickness so I’m super happy about that.
Handspun yarn - Amathyst

I have also started playing around with all of the soda tabs that I have been collecting. At first I started weaving ribbon through them until I ran out, then I made a 6×6 square with jump rings. Not sure what I’m doing with anything just yet but here’s what I’ve got so far.
Soda tab fun

Handspun yarn

Here is the hand spun yarn I have done up so far. I started knitting with it last night and it makes an interesting texture with the thick and thin yarn. I still have a whole ball of roving to spin up too, so hopefully it will be a bit more balanced out.
Handspun yarn Thick n thin

Knitting, spinning, punch needle

Okay, here are the pics.
Finished charity scarf #4
Charity Scarf #4
First time trying punch needle embroidery. As you can see, some of it came undone. I think I need to make the loops longer. I’ll have to read about that later. Just the outline so far.
Trying punchneedle
This is the yarn I’ve spun so far on my new drop spindle. I was having problems with it so the yarn is far from perfect. I got very frustrated so I only did one strip of roving so far.
Fail yarn