Tuesday, May 20, 2008


I LOVE my new handspun!!! It seems like it took me F-O-R-E-V-E-R to spin it up, but it was sooo worth it!

I bought 3.5 oz. of bamboo fiber from HollyEQQ a while ago...definitely last year sometime. I spun a bit up at a time...it spins up so quickly that I had to remember not to overdraft it..or the fiber would immediately fall apart from itself. The shine on this fiber is just amazing. I've tried to take a couple of good pictures of it, but I don't think it truly shows how fantastic the shininess is....or was.

I've realized that bamboo fiber (or at least the 100% bamboo that I spun) tends to halo after washing and, the more you handle it, the more it fuzzes. Now, with cashmere, angora and other luxury fibers, you want the fuzziness to happen as much as possible. Because I was so much in love with the exquisite shine of this handspun (during and right after spinning), I was disappointed when I started seeing fuzz.

I'm sure it will knit up beautifully and I still love the yarn...(and just bought more bamboo fiber)...but the loss of that bit of shine was a little sad.

The color was originally in a lilac purple, pink and peach, but (after setting the finished handspun) a lot of the dye came out during soaking. It's still got a very pretty rosy pink and very pale pink, but the purple was mostly washed out and the peach got overtaken by the pink. Not that I mind that!

My final yarn (which never fails to bring a little bit of happiness to my day) is about 450 yards of laceweight or fine fingering. I think I'm going to take Jackie's advice and knit up the Seafoam Scarf [Ravelry Link] with it. After seeing how beautiful Lora's came out, I'm excited to make one, too.

I'm calling the handspun, "Sexy Silky Bamboo". It looks to me like some sexy, pink panties you might wear on a very romantic evening. Or even a silky satin robe. Either way, it's bamboolicious!!!!


Cindy said...

That looks absolutely YUMMY! Can't wait to see what you make with it. :D

KSee said...

it is stunning!

Sherri said...

Great - so now I have to get a new motherboard in my computer because I drooled all over it and shorted it out!

Awesome spinning - I bow to you ;-)

Anonymous said...

Bamboolicious, indeed! That is incredibly beautiful!

RiverCitySTL said...

Gorgeous!!! What beautiful spring colors! Nice work!!

Gigi said...

Your spinning is just gorgeous! You are becoming a real pro!

HollyEQQ said...

I am so THRILLEd that you finally spun it up! The finished yarn is gorgeous! It is the perfect weight for that fiber!

I left you a note on flickr about the color.... sad but glad it ended up a good note.
big hugs

Lora said...

Can't wait to see it knitted up Gina! It's lovely.

CraftyGryphon said...

Ooo, bamboo spins... well, of course it does, I've knit with it, but oooo... I *have* to learn how to spin now. Yours looks *sooooo* lovely and soft and shiny!

mochirunner said...

Oh my!! The bamboo is absolutely LOVELY!!