UndyedYarnpire’s Fiber Opera

January 29, 2009

Source of Gilgamesh yarn done!

Filed under: spin — Tags: , , , — UndyedYarnpire @ 11:01 am

This is the Red Fish Dyeworks fiber, 80% merino/20% silk that I bought at Stitches West last year. I made two yarns, one a triple-ply which is 255 yards of [2.5] yarn, unwashed (so it might bloom a bit). The other is at least 150 yards of two-ply [1.5] yarn. The pictures are of varying quality, but I uploaded exemplars.

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January 27, 2009

SoG slog done!

Filed under: spin — Tags: , , — UndyedYarnpire @ 6:15 pm

Yay! Yay! I have finished spinning the singles for my “Source of Gilgamesh” yarn, this is the fiber from Red Fish Dyeworks.

If you want to know why this has taken so long, it is because there is a lot of dismay to spinning for an hour and making no measurable progress in the mounds of fluffed fiber. I am looking for a fingering or sport [2-3] yarn after triple plying. This meant the singles were just next to invisible if the light was poor (like say, a cloud drifted across the sky) and had a tendency to snap. It takes me, on a good day, about 90 minutes of sweaty effort to spin 1/2 ounce. So that is only 12 hours… but not all days are this good. 

Tomorrow I will ply these and I am really hoping it comes out well. 

On the even better side for the finished project, I found the right lacework pattern. I am irked that the designer could not be bothered to say what the stitch pattern is called. (Rav, direct) It has a cable with chevron eyelets. If you know what that is called or have a definitive source for it, I would love to hear from you. I am not making it into socks, but I was looking for the right texture for the head/neck thing I wanted.

Speaking of which, I am ready to to buy a motif book. I want something that covers various lace motifs and how to redesign or manipulate them. I also want it to include the regular knit/purl textures. And it should give a smattering of traditional Fair Isle stuff. It must have good illustrations and preferably charts. If there is an electronic version you are willing to stand up and recommend, that would be fine too. I am really underwhelmed by Barbara Walker’s books, largely because the information is not updated for modern standards and they still want $120. For that kind of money I would expect charts, fabulous photos, and an electronic version that allows sorting by stitch repeat. I want the O’Reilly Learning Knitting Stitch Motifs kind of book, where there is something about how the things are constructed generally, there is a CD included, and a number of examples are given and explained in detail.

January 10, 2009

New yarn singles.

Filed under: spin — Tags: , , , — UndyedYarnpire @ 2:09 am

These are the first two bobbins of singles from the Red Fish Dyeworks Merino+silk roving. I am going to be calling this “Source of Gilgamesh” yarn— because of the lapis lazuli color and the myth that the original Gilgamesh appeared on lapis lazuli tablets.

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