Finished up the Christmas yarn I have been working on. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I think I would have liked the way a top dyed with these colors would have spun up better, but I wanted the icicle in there and that’s a pain with top. Guess I need a drum carder :P
The merino I dyed green wasn’t my favorite. It was some light tan stuff someone sent me in a swap (worst swap gift ever btw, they also sent me this horrible coarse crap dyed salmon. I’m currently using it as fiber fill on a softie I’m working on). It dyed up ok, but compared to the other merino top, it had a squeeky, plastic-ie quality that gives me the heebie jeebies. Not too noticeable once it’s spun up, but boy oh boy, did it drive me nuts when I was spinning it.
Because I made rolags with it, it drafted out in lumps that didn’t look so hot, but since I did a 3ply, it didn’t look too bad. So anyway, I ended up with ~127 yards of a DK weight yarn. The mix is merino/alpaca/silk/icicle. Got me in the Christmas spirit, I’ve been listening to Pandora’s Christmas station all day.
Totally in love with the icicle I dyed green for this. I used what I thought was a good amount of Jaquard Kelly Green to match all the other Kelly Green I dyed, but it turned out an awesome highlighter-green color. I could probably never do it again if I tried!
In other news, I have my Christmas present early! My husband has a friend who knew someone wanting to get rid of their Ashford Traditional. According to Ashford’s website, I think it’s from the late ’80s to early ’90s. It’s got some dings in the wood, but for the most part, it’s in pretty good shape. It’s single drive, single treadle. I think they stained it the walnut finish, and I like it. My husband got it for $250, which was a decent deal. No extra bobbins or lazy kate, but I’ve got the lazy kate he made me and he’s already ordered me some new bobbins. Check it out!
Working on another yarn for my Maxfield Cardigan!