Monday, September 03, 2007

Fibergasm!



I finally got it!!! My Bee Fields Stole Kit from Wooly Wonka Fibers in the luscious colorway of "Buckwheat Honey". The price of the kit was very reasonable...great even....and I am so happy to finally have it. I'm not sure when I'll be starting it, but most likely in the later fall. (Which would actually be a great time to knit and wear it...)

I was thrilled to get another fantastic package in the mail last week. One of my all time favorite fiber gals, Holly EQQ, sent the fibers I ordered (plus a little extra something...which was so nice!) from her out-of-this-world shop, Oceans of Fiber.

Wanna peek?

GERONIMO

A brilliant, bright, and startling mix of greens...I love it! It's dyed using Brown Sheep's Wool/Mohair blend.



So easy to spin, though a bit "hairy". I love the way it's coming out. I'm actually almost done spinning it all up and just have to ply it. Not sure what I'll use it for, but I'm thinking either mittens for me or the kids.

PURPLE RAIN

A super shiny, silky soft parade of purples. You can't tell how shiny and soft this is. 100% Bamboo.



Once you try spinning bamboo, you won't be able to stop. Easier than spinning silk, as soft as silk and as shiny as tencel. I've almost spun up the other batch of bamboo I got from Holly last time....Bali Hai in peaches and pinks. A little goes a LONG way!

SKUNK

Yup, you read this correctly! S-k-u-n-k! And, no, it doesn't smell at all like one. I'm pretty sure it's just a wool blend, but it jumped right out at me and I just HAD to have it!



If anyone has any ideas of how I could spin this up, I'd love some suggestions. It will have to be something really special! The contrast of black and white is something I've never done before. A new experience....

And, if that weren't enough, Holly threw in some gorgeous deep purple locks for me. I love her locks!



(Forgive this picture...it looks a bit...intestinal, don't you think????)

My other treat was to pick up a skein of Heather's new colorway, "Pumpkin Patch". It's a soft, muted and beautiful color...in a bamboo/superwash merino/nylon blend! I can just imagine how wonderful it will be to knit this up. Mmmmmm.... You can check out some of her other 'selling-like-hotcakes' yarns and fibers here and here.



In the midst of "Weekend Madness" (Jackie knows what I'm talking about, right?), I had two ideas:

1. I must organize my patterns.

2. I must make a list of winter-knit-to-dos.

So, here is what I came up with:

1. Patterns- I bought 3 pretty 3 ring binders and I'm going to spend one day this week sorting through them all and putting them in appropriate catagories (yes, I'm very picky, perfectionist and...well, detail-oriented). I think some of the patterns are REALLY outdated and some I've totally forgotten I had. Before I go buying more, I think it's a good idea to just take stock...and then proceed. Anyone else thinking that, too?

2. Winter Knit To Dos- This is my list of things to knit before the end of the year...necessities in my mind. (These are totally new projects, not ones I've got OTN...like Tim and Ben's sweaters...sigh....)

*Mittens for Me (to match my Tassled Hat)
*Mittens for Tim
*Mittens and Hat for Ben
*Holiday Stockings for all 4 of us

Not sure if I'll be able to get ALL these done....with all the other things I need to do, but the mittens are pretty easy projects and I think I can do a "Month of Mittens" in November. Yeah! Actually, I will do a contest for it! So, start putting patterns and yarn aside...you can join me and win some free yarn to boot! What do ya say?? (I'll make a button that you can put up on your blogs, too.)

Is that all? Hmmmm....I think so. I just cooked a 3 lb. chicken with potatoes, carrots, and celery for lunch and now I'm sorting through the grosstastic stuff that's left so I can make homemade chicken soup for lunch tomorrow. YUM!

14 comments:

yarnophiliac said...

mmmmmmm...chicken soup...
Those fibers from Holly look fantastic. I have 2 lots of bamboo from her I have yet to spin. I'm so afraid I won't do them justice!

Julie said...

All the new fibers are gorgeous! I especially LOVE the skunk and can't wait to see what you do with it.

A month of mittens, hmmm.

Lora said...

Oh that skunk fiber looks coooool Can't wait to see what you do with it!!!!!
Mittens..hum I may be in! Mom sent me some yarn from Alaska with a mitten pattern. :)

Nichole said...

mmm... Can I come over for chicken soup?? lol
Lovely fiber!
I too have just bought a new binder to add to my already growing ones and am in the process of reorganizing the patterns...

Melissa said...

I'm up for mittens in November...I have lots of yarn patiently waiting for it to...
Can you bring the Bee Fields yarn and pattern with you tomorrow night? I have been thinking about getting it and want to see how hard the pattern would be...
xoxoxo

Jackie said...

Yes Mittens! I love all your purdy fibers, but the skunk! Whew. Lurve it.

That bee fields stole is stuning.

HollyEQQ said...

heheehhee!!! Glad your roving doesn't smell like a skunk!!! That would just be bad!

I just carded up some of that skunk fiber that I had leftover and I was able to tear the white off the black and then leave some so it will change from white to black to greyish black.... it turned out cool. And I added some hot pink locks to the mix and some hot pink roving so it created a hip Girl Gothic batt! It is one of my favorites of all time!

So anyway, hope you like everything! And of course you get extra goodies you goof! You rock sistah.
holly

p.s. I believe that bamboo has a special chemical that is released upon spinning that makes it TOTALLY and completely addictive. I regularly "mess up" a batch of it so I will "have to" spin it!!! Oh my... almost as good as... well....

Heide said...

I love the Bee Pattern! The bamboo fiber is so pretty. Someday I hope to try spinning with some.

Sonya said...

Boy you got some great stuff! I can't wait to see what you do with the skunk fiber.

deidre said...

Can't wait to see how Skunk turns out!

Cayli said...

The fiber looks great. But Holly always has nice stuff. Almost makes me want to get my wheel out again. If only the weather would cooperate.

I love the Bee Fields Shawl but man am I torn as to which one to do. Can't wait to see your in progress.

LMardenNH said...

I love the skunk!

As for organizing, I started with the binders, but they get so heavy. So instead, I am dedicating a drawer in my file cabinet to hanging files and my patterns will be organized in there. Then I can just pull what I need.

LMardenNH said...

oooh - just had a thought - add some pink to the skunk, and call it Good n' Plenty!!!

LMardenNH said...

ooops - Holly already had that brilliant idea.