I had intended to post a new knitting pattern today, but I still haven't gotten around to writing it up so I will try again next week.
|A sneak-peek at my next knitting pattern. This is using some of my handspun yarn, a sport-weight mohair/merino blend that I had processed at the mill I work at.|
Until then, how about some yarn?!
I've actually been pretty good for the past month or so when it comes to spinning. I'm hoping to get a booth at the CNY Fiber Fest in Bouckville, NY in June, and want to debut my handspun yarn and patterns there. So...I need to get spinning!
|My yarn display at a previous craft fair. I'll have to come up with something a bit bigger for the CNY FF!|
Technically I have quite a bit of inventory (at least it seems like a lot to me), but most of it is at 2 yarn shops in NY and PA. If I do get my booth I plan on getting all that yarn back (probably adds up to 40 skeins or so), but I felt like I should still spin as much as possible before June to build up some inventory.
|One of my favorite skeins that is at the yarn shop in PA, a luscious blend of superfine merino, cashmere, and silk.|
Most of what I spun the past few weeks is fiber that I got in various trades. I found a great fiber trade group on Facebook last summer, and did quite a few trades since then. It has really turned out to be a great deal for me (and hopefully my trading partners)!
So...onto the yarn pictures! All of these skeins will end up in my Etsy store in the next week or so.
|Wool blend spiral plied with rayon embroidery thread.|
|Merino/silk/bamboo. One of my new favorites, I'll definitely try to trade for more!|
|A Christmas present, BFL/tussah silk.|
|American-grown (and spun) wool.|
My other big project before the CNY FF is to write up several more knitting patterns to use with my handspun yarn- my plan is to sell yarn (and fiber) with the patterns as kits. So far I have 3 patterns done, 2 for worsted weight and 1 for sport weight. I still need a DK, bulky, and art yarn pattern (2 of each would be even better!). So, if you have any suggestions for patterns that you'd like to see designed, please leave a comment! I'm thinking about a hat, ear band, and maybe a buttoned cowl.
|One of my other knitting patterns, thrummed convertible mittens!|
Don't forget, check back on Thursday for a llama update, and Saturday for my first gardening post!