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Life continues apace. Weather has limited my ability to take pictures for the past few days, or this update would have been up three days ago or more.
In non-fiber news, I’m still job searching. Learned yesterday that many of my resumes were not formatted ideally for the jobs I was applying for. Federal resumes are the opposite in brevity from academic and industry jobs, who knew? So I’ll be working on redoing those shortly.
In fiber news… oh boy
As Ravelry board readers know, I’ve got a TON of new fiber on the way to be processed into roving. Domestic Polwarth, Perendale, Suffolk, Debouillet, and a Targhee and Alpaca blend. I’m *really* looking forward to these. The fleeces all look absolutely divine.
We also have a new fiber hitting the Gnomespun shelves, Cheviot! A lovely downs wool similar in many ways to Dorset. Perhaps a bit coarser with a bit longer staple length. A good heavy duty sock fiber, or any long and hard wearing purpose. Almost unfeltable through wear, and difficult to felt otherwise.
In this update we have:
Cheviot: Bismuth, Robins and Rabbits, Spring Crocus, Bryophyta
Dorset: Desert Sunset, Spring Rains, Marigolds, Bryophyta, Open Sea, In the Spring
Finn: Into the Green, Soft Into the Green, Soft Fingerpaints, Peaches and Strawberries
Wensleydale: Deep Sea, Bryophyta, Tarnished Gold
Jacob: Garnet Shadows
And then we have a big new Gnomspun first… millspun yarn!
This first, Gnomespun Phouka, is a yarn I hope to have fairly regularly. It’s a yarn spun specifically for socks, which means its fairly loose spun but has a very high twist. This makes it very soft and lofty, but strong enough and springy enough for good socks. The weight is a “fine fingering.”
A note: All but one of these are single skeins. There should be enough for a pair of normal socks in a skein. Once I get an idea which colorways are popular, I’ll likely start doing them in pairs or sets of four.
~400 Yards per skein, 3.2oz
75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon
This is a yarn I’ve only got 5 skeins of. Whether I will have more or not depends on a bunch of other factors (like how fast and if I get a job). This is a more multipurpose yarn, with a lower twist and more stretch than the Phouka. Welcome, Gnomespun Imp.
80% Superwash Merino / 20% Nylon
And now, off for my run, and to rewrite my resume. More coming!
That’s all for now!
Oh, right, also note that for those who like to stash, these yarns are now entered into the Ravelry Database as “Imp” and “Phouka” under the “Gnomespun Yarn” category.