The handspun shawl is progressing. This earlier pic gives a better idea of the colors:
The latest photos were taken at the end of the workday (and the last rays of bright sunlight) when I suddenly remembered:
Very fall harvest colors, no?
The pattern is a mix and match of the Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl inspired by Erin's handspun version, and the Feather and Fan Triangle Shawl from Folk Shawls. I liked the particular feather and fan stitch pattern from the Folk Shawls, but the bulk of the shawl is knit in garter stitch, with only the bottom portions in lace. So I looked at how the Comfort Shawl was structured, and made the necessary modifications. I also added in half-pattern repeats at the increase edges, instead of waiting until I had enough stitches for a full repeat (as its done in the Folk Shawls version). The Comfort Shawl version has eyelet rows every 6 rows, while the Folk Shawls has it every 4, so there's a little more work. But the Folk Shawls version is mostly stockinette with one garter ridge, so I'm less worried about losing shawl length to more garter stitch.
Yes, I actually put some thought into the choice. :)
I suppose this is the first lace shawl I'm "winging". If you can call it that. It's the second started with handspun, and the 4th lace shawl I've started. I hope it gets finished.
I played with the carder last night. Took deep breaths and threw on some of the CVM fleece I had washed before. Two words come to mind: Learning Curve. I ended up with a good sized batt (about 1.5 oz) that was pretty nice, though a little neppy. I wasn't quite happy with it. And though I wanted to spin with it just to Do something with it, I don't have much experience spinning from batts so I was stalled.
Today, I had an "a-ha" moment. I split up the batt into small strips and spread those out really thin and passed them through at a slower speed. (The Supercard has a dial to control speed, from 0 to 100. The drum moves pretty quickly; the dial controls how fast the two smaller drums rotate.) Speed setting 30, and fiber spread thin enough that I could easily see through it.
It took a while, but the resultant batt is wonderful. AND, I sorta figured out how to use the RoveGuide that came with the carder. It's basically a big diz that allows you to diz off roving straight from the carder! I haven't figured out how to get a continuous, consistently sized strip, but what I got is a good start, delightful little balls of softness.
When I walk by the yarn room and see the carder in my peripheral vision, I do a double take. It's so honking big and shiny.
(you can see the little carded balls in the basket below the carder)