and now for probably way too many pictures:
this pin-drafted merino from sunset fibers was a dream to spin.
but the lime/yellow/tan colors were pretty harsh. my swap partner prefers warm autumnal tones, so i dipped it into an brown/red acid dye bath.
and came up with this, which was muuuuch better.
491yds/112g, fingering weight chain-plied
spun longdraw, fulled to finish
i really abused it during finishing, as i dyed and then fulled the yarn. the strands were really stuck together, but when i reskeined there was this beautiful velvety texture to the yarn.
Pattern: Citron from Knitty
Yarn: aforementioned merino handspun
Needles: #7 knitpicks harmonies
Started: January 4, Finished: January 9
so everybody and their brothers have knit this, and i don't really have anything new to add. i was running really low on yarn so i bound off before completing the final ruffle. my yarn varied between fingering to sport weight, so i wish i had gone up another needle size, but i think it worked out ok. i actually didn't much mind the boringness as it went pretty quickly and it was fun to watch the stripes unfold in my handspun. i would do another one if it were also multi-colored, but not any time soon.
i also carded 4.5oz of corriedale/tencel/firestar batts for my partner but naturally i was running out of time and completely forgot about pictures. i still have a lot to learn about my drum carder and dyeing locks but i'm getting there.