Still, here's some the spinning I've been doing lately. This was some mill ends dyed in a colourway called "Neptune." There was definitely some mohair in there, or possibly a longwool breed of sheep, but the lustre of the fibre really made me sure it was mohair.
I wound it into a centre-pull ball and sent it to my friend Kelly in Kentucky. She sent me a beautiful book about chickens! Here's how it looked when I sent it to her, complete with a few handmade stitch markers that you can't see in the photo. Oops.
I just posted this yarn to my Etsy shop. It's a chunky mix of kid mohair and Rambouillet lamb's wool from Split Rock Ranch. I even spun a few coils or beehives into it, just for added texture. It turned out really well!
I also recently posted this Split Rock Ranch fibre that I spun up. It's a blend too, and it's called "Parakeets" for obvious reasons. I loved working with the soft fibre in this beautiful batt. There's even some silk in it!
Here's a look at what I'm spinning now. It's a 40% bamboo, 60% merino blend from www.zenstring.com. I like the pastel shades for a change, and it's deliciously easy to spin. I'll probably 3-ply this one when it's finished.
Here's some 100% mohair (also from Split Rock Ranch) that I spun up for a friend of mine in Argentina. She made me some slippers for Christmas that she knitted herself. I ordered a pair for Kelly and she added a pair for me! What a treat! This yarn is on its way to her now!
Finally, this is a felted bowl that I made my mother for Christmas. I used some of the roving that I had dyed myself at Yarn School in the fall. Then I spun it into a 3 ply yarn, and crocheted the bowl. I felted it in my front-loading washer, which took 3 times and still wasn't felted as firmly as I would have liked. I think I need to look for a second-hand top loader washer just for felting purposes. Anyway, I was pleased with the overall form and the colours as well. It reminded me of a walk in the woods. I also liked the way the spiral crochet really showed the progression of colours. Hopefully, even with school starting up, I'll still find a little time for myself and my wheel.