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I’ve finished the knitting portion of the Danish Tie Shawl I started in January with the yarn I won at the St. Distaff’s Day Spin-In. Now I’m working on the edging, a charming series of interlocking crochet loops.

Here we go loop-de-loo

Here we go loop-de-loo

They are surprising fussy to do, but I’m getting the hang of it.  You have to keep dropping a chain to pick up and attach the previous one, so it’s rather slow going.  I just hope there’s enough of the light grey yarn.  I’m only planning on edging the two lower sides.

Off to browse and sluice at the annual Nota Bene vintage release party — this time it’s 2006.

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I could not resist this — Jurassic Cheese!

The sign at the grocery said that it was made from the springtime milk of Jura mountain cows. It is a semi-hard, washed-rind cheese. I get a tangy, nutty flavor from it, with subtle caramel overtones. Really good! Give it a try if you can find it and are a stinky cheese fan.

Cheese, please
Cheese, please

And apparently it’s high in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)  — sounds like that’s supposed to be a good thing,

I’m busily making carded batts to take to the Whidbey Spin-In.  The ever-generous Mary B. (also known as The Other Mary Black) has lent me her drum carder again, so I’m happily blending color and texture. I acquired some carbonized bamboo that is pretty nifty, and am blending it with silk and Merino wool.

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From left, carbonized bamboo, tussah silk, Merino.

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After carding on a base of BFL, here I’m applying the bamboo directly to the main drum. I find that this works well with these very fine fibers that are already in a parallel alignment. I also do this with the silk.  After building up about three layers, each composed of  Merino, bamboo, and silk, I top it off with a little more Merino, then take it off the drum.

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Mmm, fiber!

Here’s my batt inventory so far:

Going batty
Going batty

Most of them are BFL/silk blends.  The carbonized bamboo is so dark that it can’t be used in brighter colors.  These batts aren’t going into my Etsy shop, but if any interest you, let me know and we’ll make it happen.  They are $5. per ounce and run about 2 ounces each, with the price prorated to actual weight.

If you’ve been hankering after a skein of yarn similar to the one featured in this entry on The Yarn Harlot’s   blog, I just happen to have one up in my Etsy shop.  I didn’t rush out and dye it after seeing her post,  but I am rushing over to the computer to get it in the shop!

When Evening Comes
When Evening Comes

This is lighter and more even in tone than the featured skein, yet with some variations in the shades of blue to keep things interesting. 

I bit the bullet and made the $500 minimum purchase from Kraemer Yarns to be able to carry this yarn base.  This is 63% superwash merino, 20% silk, 15% nylon, and 2% real silver, which has been treated so that it won’t tarnish.  It’s really lovely, soft and luxurious.  You might think the silver fibers would make it scratchy, but it’s not.

Evidently yes. A combination of time on their Welsh shepherding hands, too many sheep and dogs, and support from Samsung LED Technology, gives us this brilliant gift to the world. Enjoy!

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