My Paradise Fibers Yarn Club box for September came in. The yarn for this month is Crazyfoot in Poppy Trail from Mountain Colors. The colors are gorgeous for fall, although I have no idea what to make with it. I still haven’t finished last month’s project. The additional item this month was some nice goat’s milk soap. Actually, the smell as so strong from the lavender soap that I could smell it as soon as I opened the mailbox. I am typically allergic to handmade soaps (especially highly scented ones) so I won’t be bathing with it. However, I did tuck the bar into my yarn closet in hopes that the lovely scent will permeate the yarn (and also repel bugs).
Since my spinning has been going much better (although admittedly it’s now been 2 weeks since I sat at the wheel), I decided to treat myself to some beautiful fiber.
The new additions to my newborn fiber stash are Potluck Roving from Paradise Fibers in Midnight Mulberry, Corriedale from Fiber Artemis in Ginger and Plum, and Romney from Sheepish Creations in Patient Purples.
Now I just need to get to spinning…
So in my excitement to learn to spin and my anticipation of my wheel arriving, I went ahead and ordered some fiber. After a little Googling, I saw that several people suggesting Romney as a nice, easy drafting fiber for beginners. Lucky for me, Paradise Fibers had a Perendale-Romney blend for sale. So the discount increased with the more you bought. 32 ounces was the cheapest quantity to buy. So, I thought, that doesn’t sound like too much. After all, I’m going to be basically wasting it at first while I get the hang of spinning. The more cheap fiber to practice on, the better, right?
Well, the shipment came in yesterday and, I have to say, I was pretty surprised by how much 32 ounces of fiber really is.
I totally thought I knew what two pounds was…
My yarn club shipment arrived from Paradise Fibers today, sooner than expected. I didn’t realize it had even shipped yet. This is my second month in the club and I am very pleased with their selection again this month. This yarn is called Bearfoot and it is by Mountain Colors. The color is Lilac. This is a fingering weight yarn. The package also came with a little notions case and a pattern for fingerless gloves. I am not that big of a fan of fingerless gloves, but I already have a pair half done, so I will probably find another pattern. I love the color of this yarn and I look forward to making something. By the way, look at the adorable tissue paper it came wrapped in. It has little sheepies!
I finished my moebius cowl from the first month of the Mountain Colors Yarn Club from Paradise Fibers. The pattern was called Canyon Breeze, but I can’t find it on Ravelry so I don’t have a link for you. The yarn is Mountain Colors Monarch in Harmony Aspen. The cowl had a faux-cable pattern which I’m almost certain I did wrong but the result was fine. I didn’t understand the whole “skip two stitches, knit into the 3rd stitch” part. I was knitting into the front of that stitch instead of knitting normally but that’s ok. I also had to learn the kitchener stitch and provisional cast on for this project.
I will be giving this to my boss, because she loves blue.
So I signed up for yet another yarn club. This one is from Paradise Fibers (a site I have been going to to ogle the spinning wheels) and is a monthly shipment of Mountain Colors yarn. Now, I had never even seen or touched a skein of Mountain Colors when I signed up so I had no idea what to expect. When the first shipment came in yesterday, I was very pleasantly surprised. The yarn, Mountain Colors Monarch in Aspen (I think), is beautiful and so very soft. One thing I like about this yarn club over Yarnbox is that they include a pattern that actually goes with the yarn they sent (makes perfect sense to me). Also, if you finish the project by the next shipment, you get $10 off the next month. If you finish after, you still get $5. The pattern they included is a faux-cable cowl that I actually like. The yarn is worsted weight and the cowl is done on US10 needles, so I could probably get it done in time. They also threw in a digital row counter for your finger, which is neat because I don’t have one of those.