Wool Candy Rolags

q~The last time I was at my favorite Japanese market, they had these intriguing Wool Candy packets.  The ad said they were for needle felting, but the image my brain created for the Wool Candy was carded and spun. Super yum!

Here’s the pack:

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Look at the luscious colors, most of the yarns have different textures from each other and there is a sparkle roll. Out of curiosity, I grabbed the Color Grid and compared the colors. It was fun to see the the colors all lined up in the same relative column, with the rust color as the contrast. Too cool!

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Ah, the tendonitis in my right thumb can tell you how long it took to card these 24 rolags! They’re now all ready to spin. Question is I’d like to spin short, forward draw to get lofty, soft yarn, but that kills the thumb, so do I settle for the long draw which is a ton faster, doesn’t hurt the thumb, but gives “tougher and sleeker” yarn? Hum…  If you look closely at the pic, you can see the spinning towel I put over my lap when working with fibers. See how nicely the rolags are place on it? That means my lap is LOADED with fiber. Forgot to put it over my lap. And, why am I doing this when the Christmas gifts are not finished? Sigh….

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Ms. Spins-A-Lot

q~I’m sure it’s not apparent, but I have so totally been on a spinning kick. It’s recommended that a spinner spins at least 10 minutes every day. I’m trying my best to meet that goal. Yesterday Sweaty Knitter blogged about Niddy Noddys showing her beauties. Mine is the ugly duckling which I made, but works well. It’s a good thing because I’m using it so much lately it’s going to have wear grooves in it. This is what I have with my noddy; the crazy, dye-by-me purple fiber carded with halloween fire sparkle and spun is on the noddy waiting for its turn to soak and hang. The finished pink batt after being spun, wound, wetted, and hung. I shared the batt with you on the November 11 post: Batting 1000. On the bobbin, waiting it’s turn for the noddy is a black fiber carded with halloween fire sparkle before spinning.

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The spun hand-dyed orange – halloween fire yarn hanging to dry on the “prepare me for knitting” set-up. I always soak my finished skeins in hot water with Soak for at least 20 minutes and then hang using different sized cans as weights. Horrid picture, but I can’t fit into that tight space to take a proper pic.

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Hurray for me! I got hand-carders for my birthday. They arrived and the Hubs put them together for me. A big thank you! I’ve been hyperventilating waiting to try hand carding the Halloweenish fibers I’ve dyed with the Halloween colored Fire. This is the orange, the same one that’s hanging above:

orange2Orange rolag, Hand-dyed orange fiber, Halloween Fire, Fiber on carded

The Halloween fiber is destined to become a Jester Hat for the grandkids.