Roving Sampler – Reds – 4 Ounces

Roving Sampler 4 Oz Reds

Description: Hand dyed before carding.
50% Mohair, 50% Shetland Wool
Color: 1 oz each of Fuschia, Mahogany, Mulberry, Reddish Brown
Fiber Content: Mohair: DWF’s Roberto and Ingrid
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm’s (WI) Snow White
Type (Processor): Roving (Spinderella, UT)
Quantity (Pounds): 0.25 (4 oz total) – 1 ounce of each color
Price: $2/ounce, $13/8 ounces (63% savings), $23/pound (67% savings) plus shipping. Savings is fiber cost + shipping versus 1 oz. fiber.
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Roving Sampler – Greens – 4 Ounces

Roving Sampler 4Oz Greens

Description: Hand dyed before carding.
50% Mohair, 50% Shetland Wool
Color: 1 oz each of Country Green, Dusky Country Green, Key Lime, and Olive
Fiber Content: Mohair: DWF’s Roberto and Ingrid
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm’s (WI) Cry Baby’s Sister
Type (Processor): Roving (Spinderella, UT)
Quantity (Pounds): 0.25 (4 oz total) – 1 ounce of each color
Price: $2/ounce, $13/8 ounces (63% savings), $23/pound (67% savings) plus shipping. Savings is fiber cost + shipping versus 1 oz. fiber.
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Roving Sampler – Blue Brown Purple Yellow – 4 Ounces

Roving Sampler 4Oz Blue Yellow Brown

Description: Hand dyed before carding.
50% Mohair, 50% Shetland Wool
Color: 1 oz each of Sun Yellow, Toffee, Periwinkle, Turquiose
Fiber Content: Mohair: DWF’s Roberto and Ingrid
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm’s (WI) Cry Baby
Type (Processor): Roving (Spinderella, UT)
Quantity (Pounds): 0.25 (4 oz total)  – 1 ounce of each color
Price: $2/ounce, $13/8 ounces (63% savings), $23/pound (67% savings) plus shipping. Savings is fiber cost + shipping versus 1 oz. fiber.
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Chair Seats – Cats Who’ve Owned Me Series – 4

This chair seat is called “Cleaning Up” and features Sandy taking a bath.  The design is based on my photos of him.  I’m still experimenting with different colors and textures of yarn to find the best for picturing a cat. This time I used white and tan yarn and hooked the stripes explicitly.

I used my homespun and millspun hand dyed yarns, all of which are wool/ mohair blends (details).  The backing is 100% cotton Monk’s Cloth.  I used 13×13 epi cloth.

The wildflower patches are millspun yarns that were hand painted after the yarn was spun.  The background fields were done with yarns that were kettle dyed before spinning.

Back of Chair Seat

Sandy

Front of Chair Seat
Before Finishing

 Learnings

Good contrast in the colors chosen and work with scissors after hooking to arrange the lines as hooked makes the details much clearer.  Sandy’s face shows clearly on the back of the chair seat but still needs some work on the front side.  Since the colors are so close in value, it is hard to see his face details unless the lighting is bright.

I liked the look here of generic blobs of color versus trying to hook detailed flowers or grasses.

Yarns Used

Info on the yarns used is given below.  The picture links to the full description and creation details for the yarn where available.

 Wildflower Patches in Background: Coreopsis Yarn  Coreopsis – hand dyed (after spinning) 2 ply millspun – 50/50 mohair/wool.   This yarn is shades of yellow with sections of yellow and white designed to stripe.
Mardi Gras Millspun Yarn Mardi Gras – hand dyed (after spinning) 2 ply millspun – 50/50 mohair/wool.
Wildflower Meadow Millspun Yarn Wildflower Meadows- hand dyed (after spinning) 2 ply millspun – 50/50 mohair/wool.
Iris Millspun Yarn Iris – hand dyed (after spinning) 2 ply millspun – 50/50 mohair/wool. The same yarn was also used for the edging.
Gravel Path: Yarn Dark Grey DK 2Ply Millspun 68% Mohair 32% Shetland, Blue Faced Leciester Wool - By the Pound Natural Dark Grey  and Light Grey DK 2Ply Millspun 68% Mohair 32% Shetland, Blue Faced Leicester Wool.
Yarn Sport White Millspun 2 Ply 59% Mohair 31% Shetland Wool - Sold by the Pound I used natural DWF white mohair/ wool yarn for the rocks along the gravel path (same yarn as for Sandy’s body). Sport White Millspun 2 Ply 59% Mohair 31% Shetland Wool.
Background Fields: Pearl Green kettle hand dyed (before carding) millspun.
Forest Dreams hand dyed (before carding) millspun. Designed to look like a forest at a distance for use in weaving and rug hooking.
Aquatics hand dyed (before carding) millspun. Designed to look like pond water for use in weaving and rug hooking.
Green with Envy hand dyed (before carding) millspun.
  Sandy: Yarn Sport White Millspun 2 Ply 59% Mohair 31% Shetland Wool - Sold by the Pound I used natural DWF white mohair/ wool yarn for most of Sandy’s body. Sport White Millspun 2 Ply 59% Mohair 31% Shetland Wool.
Yarn Tan 3Ply Millspun 50% Adult Mohair 50% Shetland Wool 2.5 Oz Skeins Tan DWF mohair/ wool millspun was used for Sandy’s stripes.  3Ply Millspun 50% Adult Mohair 50% Shetland Wool 2.5 Oz Skeins
  Edging: Iris Millspun Yarn Iris – Hand Dyed (After Spinning) Millspun.  The same yarn was also used for wildflower patches in the background.
 Lettering:  A small amount of hand spun, turkey baster hand dyed roving (white with small amounts of orange and blue) was used.

A ball of roving was soaked in water for an hour, then injected with colors using a turkey baster, heated to boiling for 30 minutes to set the colors, then washed before hand spinning.

 

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Roving – Dark Brown Shetland Llama – Natural

Roving Dark Brown 72% Shetland 28% Llama

Dark Brown 72% Shetland 28% Llama

 

Description: Natural colored 72% Shetland Wool 28% Llama
Color: Dark Browns
Fiber Content: 72% Wool: Shetland, Autumn Breeze Acres (PA)
28% Llama: Phoenix Farm’s (WI) Eclipse
Type (Processor): Roving (Gurdy Run, PA)
Quantity (Pounds): 5
Price: $2/ounce, $13/8 ounces (63% savings), $23/pound (67% savings) plus shipping. Savings is fiber cost + shipping versus 1 oz. fiber.
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Roving – Cream Brown Shetland

100% Cream/ Brown Shetland

100% Cream/ Brown Shetland

 

Description: Natural colored 100% Shetland Wool
Color: Creams and Browns
Fiber Content: Wool: Shetland,  Dan and Marty Campanelli’s (NJ) Jezebel
Type (Processor): Roving (Gurdy Run, PA)
Quantity (Pounds): 5
Price: $2/ounce, $13/8 ounces (63% savings), $23/pound (67% savings) plus shipping. Savings is fiber cost + shipping versus 1 oz. fiber.
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Roving – Metallica – Hand Kettle Dyed

Mettallica Roving

Metallica Roving

Description: Metallica was hand kettle dyed before carding.
80% adult mohair, 20% Shetland wool.  Has a metallic sheen from the large amount of mohair.
Color: Metallica- natural grey with swirls of red, yellow and blue
Fiber Content: Mohair: DWF’s Jewel, Rembaldi,
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm’s (WI) Spook; BFL, DWF’s Carmella
Type (Processor): Roving (Frankenmuth, MI)
Quantity (Pounds): 10
Price: $2/ounce, $13/8 ounces (63% savings), $23/pound (67% savings) plus shipping. Savings is fiber cost + shipping versus 1 oz. fiber.
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Roving – Light Grey Shetland

Roving Light Grey 100% Shetland

Roving Light Grey 100% Shetland

Description: Light Grey Shetland is a natural colored, 100% Shetland wool roving.
Color: Light Grey
Fiber Content: Wool: Shetland, Autumn Breeze Acres’s (PA) Persia
Type (Processor): Roving (Zeilingers, MI)
Quantity (Pounds): 5
Price: $2/ounce, $13/8 ounces (63% savings), $23/pound (67% savings) plus shipping.  Savings is fiber cost + shipping versus 1 oz. fiber.
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Roving – Earth – Natural

Roving Earth Mohair Wool Llama

Earth

Description: Earth is a natural tan colored roving. 40% adult mohair – 52% wool (49% Blue Faced Leicester & 51% Shetland) and 8% tan llama.
Color: Tan
Fiber Content: Mohair: DWF’s Red
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm’s (WI) Snow White; Blue Faced Leicester: DWF’s Esmerelda
Llama:  from local shearer (H. Emmons, PA)
Type (Processor): Roving (Spinderella’s, UT)
Quantity (Pounds): 5
Price: $2/ounce, $13/8 ounces (63% savings), $23/pound (67% savings) plus shipping. Savings is fiber cost + shipping versus 1 oz. fiber.
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Roving – Jupiter – Hand Kettle Dyed

Roving Jupiter

Roving Jupiter

Description: Jupiter was hand kettle dyed before carding. 59% mohair – 45% Blue Faced Leicester & Shetland wool.
Color: Jupiter – white with swirls of red, yellow and blue
Fiber Content: Mohair: DWF’s Jessie and James
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm’s (WI) Cry Baby and Cry Baby’s Sister; Blue Faced Leicester: DWF’s Esmerelda
Type (Processor): Roving (Spinderella’s, UT)
Quantity (Pounds): 5
Price: $2/ounce, $13/8 ounces (63% savings), $23/pound (67% savings) plus shipping. Savings is fiber cost + shipping versus 1 oz. fiber.
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