It always seems like after a big event like a fiber festival I’m at a loss as to what to blog. I don’t know if it’s just the lingering wool fumes or the feeling that what I’m doing is suddenly quite boring compared to everything I’ve seen lately or what.

There’s also the fact that holiday knitting is upon me. I’m making a lovely something in that lovely silk I bought at Rhinebeck, but I can’t show you! If you’re a Ravelry user, go look at my projects if you’re dying to know what I’m working on. I can tell you that after a little reinforcement from my friends on plurk, I think the color combination is going to work out fine. I’ll also tell you that this stuff is very slippery to knit with on metal needles, but I can’t change to wood for reasons I also can’t get into. Hmmm… frustrating with the lack of forthcoming information, eh?

What I can tell you is that I had a rather extraordinary kindness bestowed upon my last week. Remember the little contest I had for the shop before the NJ Sheep and Wool show? Julie was the winner but did she just take her prize and say thank you? No! She insisted on sending me this:

Gift heart

It’s a Car Heart from her etsy shop Hearts of Gratitude. Julie totally did her homework on this one. You will notice that not only is it made with blue stones, but some of them are aquamarine which just happens to be my birth stone! She also sent it along with some lovely turquoise stitch markers all in a little blue bag and even included a blue card describing it all! Thank you so much Julie! It is all beautiful!!

Part of the reason I don’t have much else to show you is that I’ve been furiously working on spinning orders because I am running about two weeks behind. I just finished plying this up

laceweight red

laceweight closeup

And I hope like heck it is 800 yards (ETA: Yup! Try 1400!!! Guess I overshot this one by a bit!!). This is probably the finest yarn I’ve ever spun and I think it came out pretty darn well. It’s going back in the dyepot though because the customer wants the reddest red possible and we are definitely not quite there yet. The next order is another 800 yards of laceweight. I’m hoping the faster whorl will make this one go a little quicker. We shall see.

Last but not least, I’ve been working on getting pictures and listing some new stuff in the shop. Some holiday themed colorways

Seasonal colorways

And the superwash merino batts are finally up!

Superwash batts

Thanks to all of you that expressed interest in the upcoming fiber club. More details as soon as I have them all worked out!

Have a great week everyone! :)

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14 Responses to “What to blog, what to blog….”
  1. Brandy says:

    Wowza! that yarn is wonderful. Beautiful spinning job on it!

  2. stacy says:

    Wow you have some awesome spinning skills!!! Love the Batts and rovings, beautiful!!

  3. Julie says:

    I need to hire you to take my pictures for me, you made the heart and markers look so nice and professional! I am in awe of your lace skills. You do such a great job of it.

  4. --Deb says:

    That yarn looks GORGEOUS. So do the new colorways!

  5. Daniele says:

    OMG Jessica. You really do spin up some wonderful yarn! What wheel do you use for your laceweight? I want to be you when I grow up! ;)

    What a wonderful friend to send you such great gifts. Also, great colors for the shop! I’ll have to do some shopping soon. I think this time I’ll shoot for 8 oz. of something. How many ounces is the skein above that is 1400 yards? Just curious how much you used.

  6. Risa says:

    That is a really pretty heart. Nicely done Julie.

    Holy fine spinning batman!

  7. Opal says:

    Your laceweight is gorgeous! 1400 yards? Wowzah. :)

  8. Wannietta says:

    The yarn looks wonderful – fine and with just the right amount of that handspun look. I can’t wait to see it after the next dyeing. I’m thrilled that you overshot the target!!

  9. Karen says:

    That laceweight is absolutely stunning. I boggles my mind that someone can spin a lace so fine and even. (Obviously an awesomely talented someone). Love that Halloween roving – yeah, I’m going to need to learn to spin some day!!

  10. Karen says:

    The yarn is just beautiful! Whenever I finish spinning fingering or laceweight, I need a break to spin something thick. Spinning fine takes such a long time!

  11. Kim says:

    Holy crap! That’s some seriously great yarn you spun & plyed and dyed! I hope the red red red won’t give the user stigmata hands. It can happen with red hand dyed. You know how I know that to be true. I’d like to spin my Trick or Treat roving on Halloween.

  12. Danielle says:

    Gorgeous work, Jessica!

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