Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Dees Batts

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Dees Batts
Originally uploaded by Jam_mam.

Over at Posh Yarn Dee has been learning to spin and Tony has started to dye for batts.

I was waiting for the postman this morning because the Posh Sock Club Yarn is due any day now, instead he brought this lovely surprise. Great, pink/orange/sparkly batt, lovely.

Damsel in Distress
70% Falkland
20% Alpaca
10% Silk and lots of sparkle

the wonderful colours we've come to expect from Posh and beautifully soft. I haven't bought any Posh Batts up until now, but I shall be watching future sales with great interest (it's beautifully soft) for some more subtler colourways like this one, I'm going to try for a laceweight from this batt. For more posh colour therapy try looking at their Flickr set.

I am looking forward to spinning this and it's amazing how pink is coming to me at the moment. From my limited knowledge of colour therapy I seem to remember that pink is the colour of 'unconditional love' and that seems very appropriate and healing as Baby left us a week ago today to go live with her Dad. Bon voyage Baby, I love you xxx

My most recently finished spinning was this batt from picperfic on etsy

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which became this, Pink sparkly batts spun into heavy laceweight/4 ply, 2 ply, Pioneer, short forward draw, Shetland & sparkle


Whilst I have really enjoyed spinning and plying and learning how to make a soft yarn by not over spinning the singles I have also been watching all the lovely low twist singles other people have been spinning so, with the Wildcraft Fibre Club fibre, I thought I'd have a go myself. I didn't think I could manage it on the wheel so I went for a spindle to have a little more conrtol and reversibility and this is the result.

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Karen's fibre is a beautiful BFL & silk mix, and a lovely colourway called Viola. I think I will make a cowl from it. The spindle is from Wildcraft too and I am happy to recommend them to anyone (no affiliation).

As I haven't blogged for a while here are some more photos to catch you up with some knitting too :)

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The Tess d@urberville shawl, finally off the needles, remind me not to knit this much gs ever again in 4 ply yarn. Posh Yarn of course :)


A quick beret for DD1 using this free pattern a quick pallette clenser taking less than 2 days and 2.5 balls of Rowan RYC Cashsoft Chunky.

Lent finished early in my house as I failed miserably not to buy more fibre althogh this was a swap

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and this was a gift from the Spunky Angels on Ravelry

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I had to try Dee's roving from their first ever fibre sale, well I had to!


and a last bit of spinning, David's polwarth in Teresa colourway

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yum yum, still my favourite fibre. Also from Southern Cross Fibre, this months FibreClub colourway was called Spring Forward, beautiful, rather than show you just the 1 fibre I thought you might like to see all the fibre David has on Flickr

Happy spinning everyone, and a little knitting time too. Life goes on, so must we and the kindness of knitty and spinny folk make the path easier. :)


vikki said...

Your spinning has me drooling, it's so beautiful! You've inspired me to get back to my wheel - I've been a bit uninspired and short of time lately. I'm also going to check out the Posh batts! :)

TutleyMutley said...

Wow, so many fantastic pictures to drool over. You say you've been trying to make a softer yarn by not overspinning singles: I've had the opp. problem with my lovely lendrum and being underplying - so I went the other way with a skein of BFL and now I've got a very twisty result! I guess it's all practice. I love the colours of your spindle reflected in the fibre. oh yum.

picperfic said...

So glad that pink is comforting baby a child? My youngest(she's 13) lives with her Dad and stays with me every school holiday, I live for those times like right now and we are having loads of fun...

You are such a prolific how my batts turned out, the yarn is stunning. I am going to try and buy a batt or two from Dee this evening, better set my alarm! Bet I miss it lol