Because I’m Nosey, Okay?

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I could say I love spin-in day because it’s a day for sharing…

Or I could just say it’s because I’m nosey, okay?  As much as I love to spin,  I also love to see what others are spinning and working on.  There’s no crime in that. :)

Dee is turning the heel on some GARGANTUAN socks for her hubby.  I think she called them slipper socks.

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They might be big, but the patterning is exquisite! His feet will be the best-looking in town.

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Bob is telling us that he will be starting his first handwoven with his own handspun.  I can’t wait to see that!  I’m a little further away from that myself.

And Natalie…Well, Natalie is such an enabler! If my addiction is nosiness, then Natalie would be my pusher.  ;)  She always has a few things for me to sniff around…

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At the spin-in she worked on her first fractal spun yarn.  She’s bored with the large chunk.  It doesn’t change colors as rapidly as the smaller strips.

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Fortunately, by the looks of the first bobbin, she won’t be disappointed when she knits that baby up.  Good Lawd.  That’s NICE!

In her free time, she does a lot of other things she shares.

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I thought these were beautiful! I am guessing they’re copper?

Check out the decorative detailing on that.

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She learns how to work with metals at the folk school she attends.  Aren’t these gorgeous?  I don’t even know if I’d put anything in them.  They’re just that handsome.

Another craft she learned is called shibori weaving, which in laymen’s terms-as it was explained to me, is a type of Japanese tie-dye.

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I’d never heard of it before.  So, of course, I had my nose all in that cloth, lol.

In the photo below, underneath the skein and fiber is an example of one of the shibori cloths she wove.  One of the aspects of shibori weaving is resist dyeing.  Natalie used natural dyes to achieve all the high notes and low notes in the colors of this cloth.

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As far as that braid and fiber, they bear a strikingly resemblance to the colors of that cloth, huh?  Yeah, I think she’s attracted to greens and blues…The skein next to it is what it looks like spun up!

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Isn’t it funny how the colors tend to darken from the fluff to the handspun?

And do you remember this?  Look at it today.

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It’s beautiful! Can you believe it has been nearly a year since she spun that?  I made her take a photo wearing it because my nosiness makes me just that obnoxious.  :)

Although I’m extremely nosey about others.  Always.  I did stick my nose into my own business today…for a little while, lol.

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This is Coral Reef by Sosae Caetano.

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I think this is so pretty!

I did a little sampling.

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One is a 3-strand ply back sample.  The other is a chain-plied sample.  I want this to be a pair of nice, warm, cozy mittens for the Girl Child.  The 3-strand ply back sample looks good for that.  But, I also would like it if they didn’t pill up every time she puts them on…I think the chain-ply would be better in that respect.  I decided to go with the chain-ply.

If there’s anything I know about my nose, it can smell a good handspun knitting project a mile away.

Comments

  1. I’m glad you are nosey it allows us to catch glimpses of all the beautiful fiber. I love seeing all the great projects, speaking if nosey, what wheel are you using in the photograph of your fiber project?

  2. I’m nosy too; are you spinning on a Babe? And what kind of wheel is that pretty sosae caetano on?

    • Lol! My friend, Natalie, is spinning on a Babe. She loves it for laceweight and fine spinning! I believe she had bought another wheel before (can’t remember which), but the Babe is the one that did it for her in performance and convenience.

      I’m using an Ashford Joy for the Sosae Caetano fiber. It’s small and compact. Can take it just about anywhere.

  3. I’m glad you’re nosey too! I love all the things you share and the spinning is always beautiful. I love the fiber you’re spinning from Sosae, it’s yummy.

  4. What a wonderful way to spend time… I love being inspired by what others are working on. Which explains why I love reading blogs :) The japanese shibori looks so sophisticated. And those colours are devine. I like the fiber/yarn shot that you shared… I am not a spinner but am always amazed at how the colour transforms when transitioning from fib er to yarn. How do you visualize what the end result will be, or is that part of the fun?

    • I try to visualize what it will look like by practicing a technique I learned in The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook by Lynne Vogel. She talks about taking the fiber, like roving, and twisting it together while squinting your eyes (so that it looks like a fat strand of yarn). I’m still working on being able to predict what I might get out of that. Sometimes, I don’t get what I expect. Look at this post by Emily:

      https://run1knit1spin.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/she-turned-me-into-a-newt/.

      Would you have thought that?!

      But if I won’t like the colors together, I usually figure that out by doing that trick in the beginning. Of course, most of the colored fiber I buy has been dyed by a fiber artist, so they’ve pre-planned the colors usually according to a pleasing palette (must’ve been pleasing to me, if I liked it). And they’ve planned the sequence to some extent. How I spin it though, I can rearrange what they’ve done sometimes by how I break up the chunks of color-or by mixing some of the colored fibers with other colored fibers and then spinning that together if the color chunks are long enough. Like mixing paint, really, it’s mostly play, lol! You find some recipes you like along the way. If I hate what’s on the bobbin though, I can always just try something else.

  5. That copper is gorgeous. Also, your fiber brings back memories of my Lisa Frank filled childhood. How fun!

  6. I love how gorgeous handspun is. Since I just started myself, I am INCREDIBLY nosy about what other people are working on :P At least no one seems to mind!

  7. Love these posts where we get to nose in with you :) I love those copper pieces. Just gorgeous. And the fiber you’ve got going is so happy and bright! Hooray for happy and bright!

    • Thanks Emily! Stalking other people’s work is so nice when it’s a peer activity. :)

      Aren’t those copper pieces beautiful? I really don’t think I know anything that Natalie hasn’t tried…

  8. I love the colors on the all the handspuns. I wonder what she used to get the colors for the shibori cloths. I’m pretty nosey too! ;)

  9. Being nosy keeps all of us knitters in the know :) Your fiber is so pretty…perfect for mittens. I am spinning grey wool at the moment. A gift after the fiber festivals last year. m.

    • That’s right! I love reading blogs. That’s how I usually get another idea for something else…even if I don’t always go out and try it right away. Snooping is awesome! ;)

      I think they’ll be great for some mittens. I would like to find a contrasting color to knit along with them though. Mittens don’t usually take a lot of yarn to me. But, I would probably need more than what I’ve spun here.

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