WnS Ep. 184: Early Shetland Play

Dear Spinning Circle,

Live Stream: Saturday, January 23rd @ 8:30am PST

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Thank you for being here today, especially those who were able to make it to the Live Stream. I appreciate your time spent here in this place with me. You are most welcome. I hope you feel most welcome because you are welcome here.

Enjoy the show!

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On & Off the Needles & Bobbins

Works in Progress – Spinning

Disdero Ranch Romney batt – Ashford e-Spinner 3; short forward draft; carded preparation

Finished – Knitting

Marmor by Regina Moessmer

  • Semiahoo Suffolks CVM/Meat Merino/Suffolk cross – long draw, woollen spun from roving
  • Size: 34” bust/S; sized down with no increases after separated from body d/t lack of yardage
  • Needles: US 10/6.00mm for body; US 9/5.5mm for sleeves

Community Participation

For January, Tell us about your most recent spin — share in the episode thread here or comment below here on YouTube!

Breed & Colour Study – Shetland Reveal! Patrons, listen here for details. Mark Monday, January 25th @ 9am PST on your calendar for ordering!! Patrons, check the post here for the password for ordering! The link goes live for everyone else at 10am PST.

Crafty Jaks Boutique Shetland – spinning on Lendrum Saxony

Breed & Colour – Charollais

Tracy (@tracy3xl) shares: I wanted to pop back in and show my completed mitts from the b&c study. I really struggled with this because the colors just were not for me. In Q&E recently we talked about the part of the challenge related to color and that gave me renewed interest. I pivoted from my original pattern so I could finish these sooner, making them pulse warmers instead of full mitts. My next project will be to make a second pair exploring these colors in combination with cool and warm colors to see what happens. I really appreciate the new perspective of participating in these studies, not just to learn about the breed, but to really explore color as well. Definitely opens up new freedoms.

Natural Shades ALONG& Zero to Hero

Jackie (@jackierevilla) shares: Around 1250yds of DK. This is Merino D’Arles. If you think Targhee is bouncy this might have it beat!

Megan (@lykkemeg) shares: ok, here is my natural shades along! This is based on the Range shawl by Andrea Mowry with a lot of ad lib on my part! I went stash diving for this one and pulled out all sorts of odds and ends of handspun. The great thing about natural shades is they all look good together so you don’t really have to worry about the colors. I held all the yarns double so it is big, thick, heavy and woolley! This shawl has white alpaca, tan shetland, dk brown cvm, dk grey hebredian, light grey north ronaldsay, white shetland, and moorit shetland. I intended this to be a heavy warm shawl to put around my neck while walking to work in the winter, however it has been sooooo warm and heavy and lovely as a lap blanket that I have ‘t wanted to take it off. The edges are still wobbly because I love it soooo much I haven’t wanted to take it off to block it….I may not block it until spring:)

Greta (@thewarmestrow) shares on SLACK: Is Zero to Hero still going on? I’m still trucking away at my Fleuriste Cardigan by Sari Nordlund out of Cotswold. I finished one lace side of the bodice and get a break by doing stockinette on the back tows for a while. It’s been a great pattern. Looks like it’s going to need a really good blocking to get it orderly.

Rebecca (@rebbiejaye) shares: Ummmm I finished a zero to hero spin already… decided to spin this really old stash after the “speediest yarn” style of 51 yarns. It’s about 1.5 lbs total, just over 1000 yards of Worsted weight. Should be enough for a basic cardigan for me. I’m thinking after the style of the comfort fade Cardi, though I might use a different pattern since my gauge will be totally different.

Tin Can Knits ALONG – thread here

Kim (@kim4boyce) shares: I ended up going with two different button bands and I actually like the 2×2 rib better. However, the seed stitch band was picked up exactly the same and I really should have picked up less sts for it as it’s a bit ruffled. Oh well…. crappy buttonhole band and nice ribbed band with buttons. Oh well… I now know how to pick up and knit button bands on a steeked cardigan! I’m just beside myself with happiness! All handspun from locally sourced wool; low quality Gulf Coast fleeces to be exact. It turned out way better than I imagined and it’s soooooo warm! It’s really cold out today and the wind is blowing but the cardigan kept me warm during the photo shoot. My poor photographer (14 yr old son) was freezing! But he got some good pics, so it was worth it.

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Until then, Happy Spinning!

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