I've spun a LOT since the turn of the year. Most recently, I've finished two 2.5 oz braids that came from FatCatKnits as part of Ginny's 2013 Fairy Tales Club. I took the first colorway "Angry Dwarf" and separated the lightest parts from the brights, and then spun up 2 small skeins to use for colorwork. This is a 2-ply sportweight and my plan is to use it for an easy stranded knit hat.
I then took "The Prince" colorway and spun that 2.5 oz braid up into a 2-ply worsted weight that I want to use for a pair of textured fingerless mitts at some point.
Since I'm working from deep stash right now, I grabbed a 75/25 BFL/silk roving from Funky Carolina in the "Austin" colorway. I originally bought this braid because the colors in it were sort of outside my usual color choices - burnt orange and a burgundy.
There were a lot of very lightly dyed sections inside the darker colors, so this spin came out a lot lighter than I had anticipated - the burnt orange was VERY toned down and it's more a set of muted pastels. Pretty - but not what I thought it would look like. This is 388 yards of a fingering weight 2-ply. This one is slated for a shawl of some kind. I have a coordinating tonal dye that I think I'll try to use with this.
Last but not least for the new year thus far, I also spun up a gradient colorway from my shop, "Iceberg" on Falkland wool. I split the braid in half lengthwise to keep the colors lined up for this 2-ply.
This is 311 yards of a 2-ply sportweight. It's slated for a lace cowl.
Currently, I'm working on two 2.5 oz braids of a dark/light swirled merino wool from FatCatKnits and her Famous Couples Club. This is the December pair: Rhett and Scarlett.
My plan is to spin each of these up into singles and then ply together for a fingering weight and then use a very dark - maybe black or charcoal gray - tonal dye as the contrast for a striped shawl.
For those of you on Ravelry who are interested, I'm currently participating in 4 challenges, which sort of run concurrently and have morphed together all my 2016 resolutions regarding fiber stash.
- From now until March 31st, I'm working on the Great Big Stashdown Spinning Party. I've picked a selections of fibers and some personal goals for that one which you can see here.
- I'm in the 16 in 2016 group, with a goal to spin 16 pounds over the course of 2016.
- I've joined the Spin the Bin Challenge 2016 as part of the CTA spinning group. For this challenge, you pick a certain set of fibers - I chose randomly from my stash - that fits into a bin and you spin those up over the course of the year.
- And finally, my own personal 52 skeins/52 weeks challenge.