Saturday, April 28, 2007

April Socktopia Socks

April Socktopia Socks
Originally uploaded by merlinthecat.

Pattern: Fanny by Momma-Monkey
Yarn: KP Dancing
Needles: 0 DP

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Huge Store Update SOCK YARN

I got my new base yarn in :) It is 100% Superwash Merino. Each skein is 4oz and about 540 yards. (I really need to learn how to make links)

Green Mist Green Mist
Purple Mist Purple Mist
Blue Mist Blue Mist
Pink Mist Pink Mist
Neon Neon
Gooey Gooey
Woggie Woogie
Maggie Maggie
Handpainted bamboo blend (dyed by my 3yo)This last one is a bamboo blend handpainted by Trinity (my 3yo) She had so much fun! She told me that she needs new socks with HER yarn...hehe

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

More Batts in the Shop

Merino silk glitz
Merino, Silk and Glitz!
Merino silk glitz

I have 8 skeins of sock yarn drying.... They should be in the shop in a couple days!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Small Shop update

Small Shop update
Originally uploaded by merlinthecat.

Here is some handpainted roving :)

Saturday, April 21, 2007

More Washed Wool and Some Pets

Here is some washed Romney. Theres a little more VM then I like in this fleece, but thats ok, I'm comb everthing before I card it.
Lincolin lamb
Lincolin lamb
Wensleydale-Coopworth X Border Leicester
Wensleydale-Coopworth X Border Leicester say that 3 times fast...
Little B

Little B
and Ms Maggie.

I can't believe how much wool I got washed today! I worked a little on a pair of test socks. But thats pretty much it. Tonight I will ply some socktoipa yarn and make more stitch markers. Tomorrow it will be more wool washing fun. Tomorrow it will be some Corr. and those fucking baby dolls. I hate them hate them hate them!!!! oh but they make such great yarn....

Friday, April 20, 2007

Wool Porn....

Washed Romney
This is a super soft natural colored romney fleece I found on etsy... I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet, but it's one of my personal fleeces.... You might see one lot of batts in the store, but thats about it.
Washed Shetland
This is a Shetland fleece, Helen's. She is a double coated Shetland. I had this fleece last year, and her sisters, (she died this winter). They were the first fleece I ever washed myself last summer. This year I know what I'm doing....I made a mess out of them last time :) Last year I spun up this wool for MS2, I think this year I'll do the same. But I'll pull out the long hairs.
Washed wool
Here we have a bit of Lincoln.
Washed wool

And some Cotwald.

I have a bunch more raw fiber to wash this summer, stuff from this winter and some of the llama and alpaca from last summer. Thank god it's nice again here. I'm taking a break today from washing, I have to finish the yarn on my wheel today. Dh will be home this weekend so I won't get much done. I really have to finish my Apr Socktopia socks! 10 days to go and I only have 1/2 a sock done...and well we won't talk about the test knitting, I have to get 2 pairs done before the end of next month.

So why didn't anyone tell me my store was reviewed by Lime & Violet? I found out yesterday when I was trying to find out what happened with MCY, I like reading about the drama. Anyway I wish they would have said something about my batts. The handdyed yarn is just filler, not that I don't love dyeing yarn, it's just that there are so many great dyers out there and really my love is in the blending of fiber and handspun. (keep you eye out this fall for handspun sock yarn).

Well I officially on a yarn diet. I hit the KnitHappens sale a couple weeks ago, picked up some Twisted sock yarn, Webs last night to get some Cascade Cloud 9 for the cover sweater on the summer IK, I also picked up some black worsted wt wool, just to stash. Yesterday I also hit Yarzilla for some Malabrigo in Verdes for Wicked. So no more yarn for me till the fall IK comes out!!!! (unless it stuff I need for the store) I'm not going to let myself buy and more fleece, (my boyfriend Coop doen't count) I really need to use what I have!

Anyway I should have more wooly porn for you Sunday night! Have a great weekend, I need to get spinning!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Something to post about

Shop update

Well here is a small shop update. The top batt is natural black Shetland and handdyed Silk Noil. The white batt is Shetland/Alpaca/Handdyed Silk Noil...someone needs to buy this one or I'm going to have to keep it!
Shop update

Bad pic of the sock Im working on
Well here is a little knitting, this is my Apr Socktopia sock... Really I've been knitting alot more then this. I'm working on 2 more test sock. Then I have one more to go. Then it will be all about me for awile. I'm dieing to knit a shawl or something!
Raw romney

This is a raw Romney fleece I won on ebay. Not like I need anymore raw wool. Well this fleece is nice! 7 in of pure spinning pleasure. Oh remember my boyfriend the Coopworth fleece...look out next month, he'll be back this year!

I've been spinning alot lately, but I can't show you any of that. I'm spinning prizes for Socktopia. I should be done by the end of July so that's when you will see more spinning from me.

Friday, April 06, 2007

I Must Show You.....

Cool stuff on etsy Check this out. This is a box that was custom made just for for me.
Cool stuff on etsy It holds all this and has room for more.
Cool stuff on etsy! She also made these.
Cool stuff on etsy! They hold my stitch markers.
Cool stuff on etsy! I got these today.
Cool stuff on etsy!yummy bath salts, and when they are empty I can put cool stuff in them. You MUST check out this etsy store..

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Hand spun goodness

hand spun goodness
Originally uploaded by merlinthecat.

Click on the pic and it will take you to flicker for more details

On The Bobbin

On The Bobbin What should do with this, I love the way the colors are coming out and plying it would just kill the look....(is 100% mohair) Its coming out as lace wt singles
On The BobbinSuper Wash wool

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Small Shop Update

More lace wt
Originally uploaded by merlinthecat.

Here are 2 more lace wt yarns I finished up today. Now off to card some shetland.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Another Shop Update, This time Roving

Shop Update
Shop Update

Hand Painted Roving in Misty Colorways (keep your eye out for sock yarn in these colors as soon as I can get my hands on some base yarn)

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Shop update today

Shop update today
Originally uploaded by merlinthecat.

Extra Fine Merino Lace
430 yards
10.00 Each

Flash Your Stash 2007

Flash Your Stash 2007 Sock yarns...enough yarn for 30 pairs
Flash You Stash 2007 I think I may really like green....
Flash Your Stash 2007 More yarn I'll use for socks, and leftover bits of sock yarn.
Flash Your Stash 2007 Lace yarn, and my toes (I'll have a late entry of more lace yarn next week. )
Flash Your Stash 2007 My hand spun lace, sock, and sport wt.
Flash Your Stash 2007 My hand spun bulk yarn.
Flash Your Stash 2007 Some yarn mostly cottons an stuff.
Flash Your Stash 2007 Small drawer of worsted wt wool.
Flash You Stash 2007 Some good stuff...
Flash Your Stash 2007 A foot lock full of mostly frogged wool, back when I did that alot....most of it will be felted in to something someday...
Flash Your Stash 2007 HUGE bag of not so wooly yarn, I just pulled out a large trash bag of vintage yarn and gave it away today....

Be lucky I didn't take pictures of my spinning stash.....that would have taken all day to do...