Like The Queen
Whatever happens to strike my fancy, but surely some sort of fiber content.


Quick! Someone come to my office so I can go home and spin!

Oh, what fun, and what gorgeous product you've got there! LOVELY!

Be very proud of yourself - you deserve it!

By Blogger Amie, at 2:14 PM  

I wanna I wanna I wanna! But, I'm not going to be able to, unless you can post some in-process pics of how you did it. Learning disabilities are a bite. Your yarns are just lovely, dearest!!


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:32 AM  

Absolutely gorgeous!
Oh, and so are your spinning successes!

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Thursday, September 29, 2005  

Experiments with boucle spinning

This is the swatch knit from a 2 ply brown lambswool - then a 2 ply made of one ply of lambswool and one ply of a mohair/merino blend. I love that tweedy effect of this very definitely barberpole yarn. There is a little stripe in the middle of the stockinette stitch that is knit in seed stitch - didn't do a thing for the yarn either. But the ribbing at the top looks nice to me. I think this is a real possible for a nice rugged autumn sweater.

Here's that same brown wool spun into a boucle yarn. Note how fat and puffy it is. If it were also soft it would be a fun yarn to work with. Unfortunately, the bumps of a boucle yarn are difficult enough to knit with - I don't fancy the idea of adding the stickiness of the fiber to the process. Sort of makes knitting a chore.

Still. There's something I do like about this yarn. In time I may figure out what it could be used for.

Note the fuzziness the mohair adds to this boucle. The loops are more defined than they were in the lambswool, but still not as round and loopy as the 100% mohair or the Wenslydale that follows.

This is a pretty yarn - all loops and swirls. Not as soft as mohair but still quite lovely.

This was the surprise for me. The tencil, which behaves very much like a rayon, gives the loops a slickness, but the merino keeps it from really looping into circles. It's more squiggly. It's delicious to touch. It's a winner, in my book and I'm delighted, since I've had this fiber forever and wondered if I'd ever use it. In a plain spun 2-ply yarn it's just not a color I would ever wear. Too taupe for me. But as a sort of Russian fur cap yarn - yum! Ideas are really humming in my brain now.

Here it is knit up. This is the purl side. The knit side is almost as nice but I still prefer the reverse st. st. with heavily textured yarns.

Aren't you tempted to try boucle now?

posted by Bess | 1:20 PM