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Insubordiknit Spinning Workshop

Insubordiknit Spinning Workshop
Princeton, New Jersey


Please note: you may think that some of my pictures are blurry... but you’re wrong. That is just time itself trying to compensate for Jacey’s spinning awesome-ness!

I was lucky enough (to be annoying enough) to get Jacey Boggs to agree to a New Jersey Workshop here in Princeton. The workshop was this past weekend, April 21 and 22. I can’t speak for everyone, although I’m going to anyway, and say it was a blast. There was fiber and wheels flying everywhere. It was one of the coolest things I have ever gotten to do. I met amazing ladies and learned a lot. And I do mean a lot. It is only when an advanced spinner (and by advanced I mean anyone spinning for 10 minutes more than me) or expert points out that you have been doing something “wrong” for the past two years that you learn and move onto more effective spinning.

I still feel like I got away with something because I was able to obtain a room at my husbands office they use as a Conference/Community Room at no cost to the workshop. Here is a picture of it before we got our weird fibrous fingers on it.



After the workshop though, the angelina was everywhere and I do mean everywhere. It is still probably there because I could not get some of it out. (snicker, snicker - I can see some professional meeting after us and all the participants leaving with glittery butts. It brings me joy.)

Day one covered a lot & day two covered even more. We did Core spinning, Cocoons, Coils, Beehives, Super Coils, and more. Here are some photos:

DAY ONE


Joe-Bob (who’s really Robert by the way) fixing the air conditioning because it had the misfortune of sounding like a wounded animal throughout most of the first day.


Discussions on tasty soldiers...


Spinning Ladies!



Ah, yes, and here we come to the fiber table. These are the batts & combed top that Jacey brought for the class to use while learning the techniques. See that fabulous orange batt in the lower left corner... I covet that batt.



Some of Jacey’s example yarns.


And a close up of the heavily coveted batt, sigh. When it was my turn to get one I almost hip checked someone like a grandma christmas shopping at wall-mart.


DAY TWO

Here is my sitting post outside the door. It’s not because I was bad, I just needed to make sure everyone got back in after lunch.


Jacey talking about how the outer wraps interact with the core in core spinning.


Spinning Ladies!


Discussion on how the inner core affects the yarn you are core spinning.


This one is Jacey warping time & space or it could be that I had the camera on the wrong setting. I prefer the former because it sounds much better and physics are involved.


Evil, Evil, Sadistic Cocoon/Beehive demonstration.


Here is the “class photo” with all the ladies in the workshop.

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Fiber Spree

Maybe it is because people are talking about Tour de Fleece... maybe it is just because the weather is finally good... maybe it is because I have no backbone... but I have been spinning like mad these days and went on a fiber buying spree. I got 11 different braids and I am eyeing several more. I am trying to refine my technique a bit and just practice, practice and practice.

I have recently learned I have a number of allergies to very common things and I realize that they are very commonly used in fiber blends these days. I am trying to be very careful about where the fiber is coming from and what other blends the spinners are also selling. Unfortunately I think I may need to stay away from custom batts from now on... sniff.

Milk, Soy and Corn are all the rage these days and I am hideously allergic to them. Ugh.

But I got me some wonderful wool blends and I am raring to go. I have a feeling I am going to need a stretching schedule for this one.

Drool, all of you drool....








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Citron & Other Thoughts

I decided to make a citron with handspun. I decided on some bfl i bought on sale. It is not my favorite color scheme but I thought I needed to branch out a little and try more things. It is part of my new years resolutions - take more risks - because I generally stick with the same thing. I am spinning this as a thread and then will make a 2-ply or navajo ply with the results.

I like that I am evolving. I had all these preconceptions about what I wanted to do and be when spinning, I approached the whole thing with an attitude or principle of what I expected it to be and it is turning out to be nothing what I intended. This is not a bad thing, just a different thing, and maybe a way to help take risks too. A dare to change and accept the change as a positive movement, then forgive myself for not “sticking” to my original ideas of the whole concept. It should bring me peace - not agitate me or make my life more complicated.

So I guess the long and short of it is that I am going to spin some super freaking thin yarn for this citron and knit something. AWESOME. Then make a citron for me or anyone in the house who cares to wear it. I think for me it is about the spinning and knitting and becoming less and less about the finished object. I do not even care sometimes if it gets to be something other than yarn.

Although I have some new projects in mind that are extremely personal in nature and a bit painful. I am hoping that the act of making them into yarn will bring some catharsis to the situation. Now that I have found a way to make “art” yarn it seems to lend itself to these ideas. It is funny - I have an old journal that I used to write in periodically and decided that it would be re-dubbed the Yarn Diary. I have had so many ideas since I shifted from pencils, paint and pastel it is hard to keep them all organized. The artist block that has been plaguing my existence for the past 10 years seems to have cleared up now that I have shifted to a new medium.

To come:

Wolves in the Basement
Reds, browns, doll parts and possibly locks. This one is gonna be nasty. I need to find dolls that are the right size... any suggestions?

Hijacking Innocence
This one is pretty allegorical, although they all are really. This one is silk and linen spun fine with rusted steel wool throughout. I am also adding spindle spun silk hankies - with neps and slubs throughout. I am intending this to be a three ply yarn - at the moment.

Flowers in Her Hair
A project based on various brown tones and my own hair. I have a shetland moorit, brown bfl and my own luscious curls to play with. I had about 6 inches of my hair cut for it. Although it is cliché there is a hat that comes to mind.

I have a lot of work to do.

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Saturday Night

I love the Misfits. Cannot tell you why and do not have to, thhiiiibbbiiiit.

I was thinking of this yarn and decided that it was going to be a Misfits tribute - or rather psycho-billy-horror-metal - course Misfits just sounds more euphonious doesn’t it?



I had all these colors I am not too fond of. I am a rabid Sheep Shed fan. Their shipping is on crack, but everything else is pretty good. If you order the correct amount the shipping balances and it works out less that a lot of places. Anyway... I had soppers and samples and left overs from several bags of items and realized what I was looking at:

  • pink lipstick
  • apricot cottons
  • blue denim
  • cigarette smoke
  • black leather
  • blood

In short, all of the qualities that make up a psycho-billy-horror-metal girl. This was the first time I sat down and really thought about a yarn, what I wanted it to look like and how I wanted to blend the fibers to get what I wanted. Strange for me. I like controlled chaos. I imagine my yarns to be a bit like water color. You can direct the water color but not control it entirely (unless you cheat and use gouache). But this time I paid attention to all of it. It was still like water color. I could mold and not always control everything - but it was planned out and similar to what I wanted to achieve.



I decided I am going to work up the greaser/psycho-metal aspect and knit the intolerable cruelty skirt. I can envision this with the ruffle done in the saturday night yarn and even further I can see a young girl wearing it with a black leather jacket -> smoking a cigarette -> putting on pink lipstick -> waiting at the drive in... so we will see how it comes out. I am working on the gauge right now... it is making me irritated. I am two needles down from the suggested size and next is lace needles. I think I need to adjust the yarn - poop.



Although, to be honest, I do not know if I am a proficient enough spinner to veer into this area. I can spin a number of weights (worsted and woolen) and have used several fibers (even dyed my own), carded, drummed... but I only have since last march under my belt. I also do not like knitting or crochet as much as I like spinning so I am not sure what I spin in the context of its use.

I thought about taking my store down until I have more time on my clock - but I am not doing this to sell the yarn. I am spinning because I “need” to spin. I have stacks of yarn that are not used because of my knit/crochet problem. Maybe I should try weaving instead.
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Granny Stacks Art Yarn

I have been experimenting with "art" yarn. I got a copy of Get Spun and Intertwined recently. I don’t usually read books cover to cover... In fact I think most craft books are really just glamorized picture books to be used for ideas... but I have read Intertwined cover to cover and I keep re-reading sections over and over...

I have done a couple of thick/thin yarns and this was a new technique. Granny stacks really appealed to me for whatever reason. And this is my first attempt at a grannie stack yarn. To me, it looks like a cross between granny stacks and coils... although I was going for the stacks.



I used a green Romney that I bought when I took my first spinning lesson. I thought was fairly ugly when I bought it... but it was really easy to spin and one of my first yarns ever spun. It was my first attempt at spinning thin and broke repeatedly so there are knots and slubs everywhere. I saved it because I think I have the precious spinning thing... like the precious knits problem they talk about in the Mason Dixon books. I really had no idea what the hell to do with it but could not throw it away. I thought it would make a good yarn to start practice with and I think this turned out really well.



I had a lot of fun making it and to be honest I let the yarn do what it wanted and experimented with it. I have not really ever let the yarn do what it wanted before. Even when first learning to ply yarn I did not have any mistakes that resulted in the type of forms or directions I created with this example. It was fairly liberating. I experimented with tension on the green yarn and also the “core” crochet thread - sometimes alternating them completely and making stacks with the core yarn. I even used the navajo plying method in several spots - folded it back on itself - and then built the stacks on it to make them bulk out more.

I decided on the name Spider Carcasses for a couple of reasons. While I was spinning I kept going back to the image of a spider spinning over an insect. Even the Rankin & Bass Hobbit film popped into my head where they are in Murkwood Forest attacked by spiders. You can just make out indistinct forms under the cocoons of string. Maybe it is a cliché analogy but it kept going through my mind like a record (baby). I also hate bugs. I have a habit of letting spiders live freely around the house - like roving death traps. Occasionally I find desiccated husks laying around in corners and the like. This was also a common reoccuring thought during the spinning.

Here are the yarns used: Green/Beige Romney and Cotton Crochet Thread... size 10?


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Best Yarn Tool Ever

This is the greatest yarn tool ever.



I have started using my kids Bilibo constantly. In fact I use it so much I had to buy another one. The bowl is fantastic for keeping yarns in place and there are two holes that are great for plying. You can use it upside down or right side up and then throw everything in it and move to another room...

I am constantly using this thing...
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Ōkami Fiber Series

Totally jumping on this bandwagon... because I think it is awesome. I have been trying to come up with a good way to create color-schemes for my fibers. I decided on one of my favorite things. I am a gamer. A hard core gamer. We have almost every known console or platform, yes including Apple IIc, for gaming. But this game, Ōkami, is the most unique and beautiful game I have ever seen. It is the best game you never played... you know who you are.

The entire game is rendered in a numi-e style painting and follows Amaterasu, a Japanese Sun Goddes. She appears in the form of a white wolf and seeks out the dark forces claiming the land of Nippon, or Japan. The game play follows traditional stores and folklore in Japanese culture. But the artistry of the game is really so exceptional it lends itself to the fibers I want to create. Here are several drawings from the game:




SO! At some point soon There will be an Ōkami series. I have already created a few colorways - but I want to experiment some more before putting them up for sale.

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Serenity Stitches - Tim Burton Series

I got some wicked fibers from Serenity Stitches. This is the Tim Burton series, following the recent Alice in Wonderland remake. This is, oddly enough, the ONLY Tim Burton film I have not seen. Who knew... It got bad reviews - but then again everything I love gets bad reviews.

The fiber is silk, alpaca and merino... it is, um, slippery. I have never worked with this combination before and honestly had no idea what I was getting into because I based it on color only. I thought it was about time to branch out into other fibers and be adventurous. The fiber feels luxurious to the touch and anything I make from the yarn is definitely going to be close to the skin. The colors are also amazing. They are luminous.


Image © C. Scovel

I have decided to plan this spinning out as well. I normally grab one end or split the roving and see what happens. I love what the colors choose to do. It feels a lot like using water color to be honest. You can only try and control the paint so much because the fluid of the water color chooses its own path, you need to step back and observe. Trying to force it usually ends in disaster or a new painting. A little experiment in controlled chaos. But this time, no, this time we are slowing down and trying deliberate things. I have decided not to split the roving and I am pre-drafting everything down to a sliver. I have not decided if I want a barber pole or even a singles yarn. I did decided on the severe pre-drafting to reduce the amount of color blending and over lap.

I cannot wait to see how this is going to turn out.

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Never Judge a Yarn by its Top

I have recently started dying my own fibers for spinning. I have noticed something really interesting about fibers in general - that the colors and overall effect of the fiber or batt is not the same as the finished yarn. This might seem elementary for old hats... but it is just a wonderful fun aspect of dying the fibers and then spinning them.

The fist experience I had was with a batch of fibers from the Sheep Shed Studio. Carol Lee produces fantastic colorways on wool, superwash and mohair. I never try to specify colors when I order because I like to be suprised when the order comes - never disapointed yet. Although I did get a batch of dark green/black/yellow I had a hard time liking. I was spinning for the Tour de Fleece when I ran out of almost all my fiber... he he he... so I dug out the green one. FANTASTIC. The yarn is great and the knitted scarf looks pretty good too. I feel in love with the yarn in the end.

I have also purchased GOR-GE-OUS colored and patterned fibers and spun them into a medicore yarn. So this works both ways.

Here are the before and after photos of, what I am calling, forest floor. The shine on the superwash is also quite nice.

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Digging in roots...

I have always wanted to experiment with plant fibers. Although my real wish is the work with fibers that I can actually grow or find... I am one of those "local" type girls - but if you say the word sustainable... we will have issues, you and I... That word has been deformed to include things like salary, space travel and medicaid. That is a problem.

But the long and short of it was I wanted to have a plant fiber that was not heavily manufactured like tencel or bamboo. Eventually I hope to be able to have a tree, bush or plants in my own space that I can harvest and work with. Although 2 ounces of mixed linen fibers may not really get me there... I am on the way.



I got a hold of some ramie and some hemp as well. These are strange fibers, well in the sense that they are different than anything I have used before. Slippery and "hairy" to say the least. I decided that the hemp needs to be spun outside because of the mess it made when I first tried it!



There is a spindle group I lurk in and one of the ladies mentioned something about teaching a vegan to spin... that she would not use animal fibers... she wanted plant fibers but was not sure what to start with. Bamboo? Linen? Cotton? Hemp? What would be best... For me, the least manufactured of the group - or even all of them. While Bamboo feels like heaven there are forests being clear cut for it. Then there are the chemicals that need to reduce it to goo. The sweat shops that turn it into fiber and from there to products for me - flown half way around the world so I can have a hobby.

I want to be able to remove myself from that ecological nightmare and grow myself a cotton plant or two. Have access to a nettles or milkwood. How cool would that be? I think it would be awesome.
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Here she is...

Yep.

Here she is.




The spinning wheel I was not going to buy. Seemed like a good option since it was used and less than a brand new one. I can play with it and if I hate it maybe I can sell it to someone else. I have to get it working and then give it a test spin.

I am so annoyed.

Grrr.

Never touch a spinning wheel or spindle if you have a budget...

Don't...

Put it down and walk away.




I am thinking of a custom pain job though. I have not decided the color scheme. My art was always influenced by gothic and native styles - strange combination - but look at sugar skulls and Tim Burton... so hey it works. I was thinking of a Day of the Dead style since I love it so much, add some Oingo Boingo and it sounds like a hot weekend to me...

I will probably post updates if I actually get to painting it.
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Start to Finish

I have become fascinated by spinning. I spin all the time, everywhere I go, all day long. I have blocks of 10 minutes? perfect for a half of an arms length of fiber. Waiting for the kids at the doctor? Thats two arm lengths. Waiting for the rice to cook... not sure... lets find out.

There is something that is a little primordial about spinning. Since ancient fiber arts were made of, well, fiber they biodegraded and there are no accurate hypothesis on when spinning and weaving fibers actually began. The last estimate on spun fibers that I read about was in SpinOff, I think, found in a paleolithic cave. So for some reason spinning yarn makes me feel a connection to this human history and our development throughout ages. Before humans developed written language they were spinning and weaving. And, no, I am not normally a history buff. There is something about this that grabs me though. This simple act of taking fluff from a plant or taking hair from an animal and twisting it to make string - to then make any of hundreds of possibilities. This is something that is still the foundation of our daily lives even if we do not recognize it. For example... take that t-shirt and stretch it a bit... it is knit. For real and for true, knit... and those commercial socks... knit. Your dishtowels... knit... blankets sheets - knit or woven... the scale of these mass produced items has changed over time and the personal element has been removed, replaced with massive machines and electrical engines but the process, the underlying process is the same. That simply fascinates me.

I have become very fond of something I have heard referred to as "barber pole" yarns. I wanted to experiment with this style and went out and bought some Louet Northern Lights fibers in sharp contrasting colors to try and achieve this effect. I got the Picasso colorway.




I spun this thicker than I have been, mainly to prove to myself that I can still do it. I have read that many people who begin to spin finer yarns have a problem spinning thicker yarns. I wanted to retrain myself for thick before my muscle memories decided I could only work with thin... It was a pretty good experiment all things considered - and it was a lot harder to spin thick. However - since it was very thin top, not quite a pencil roving, but it was easier to spin because i did not need to pre-draft. i kept the diameter of the drafting about half the size of the actual roving. I think it made a big difference, having the roving so close to the size of the yarn I wanted to produce.



Once I finished two spindles full I joined them and set the twist. I have read that you are supposed to set the twist after you ply - but last time I ply'd the yarn got tangled and I had to throw away half of the skein. So, experimenting... I "baked" in the twist. I then plied the yarn, I think it may have been slightly damp when I worked with it. I am not sure if this did or will cause problems. I made a center pull ball on my ball winder and worked from both ends to ply.



After I plied the yarn I set the twist a second time and hung it to dry. Then I finished spinning more of the fiber and repeated the process for setting, plying, and setting the remaining fibers as well. I just knotted the two lengths together and wound it on my niddy noddy to make the skein. I also beat it against the wall a few times from both ends of the skein. I have read in several places that this helps distribute the twist evenly through the fibers. Well see...



I am really proud of this one. It actually looks the way I wanted and seems to be fairly consistent. I achieved what I set out to do with a little planning and it looks pretty good. I just have to figure out what to make with it!

UPDATE 05.18.2010:
I have decided on the Buttonhead hat by Lee Meredith. This is a really cool hat and can be done in a number of ways. She designed it using her own handspun yarns so I think it also lends itself well to a homespun look and feel.

Working with the yarn I realize that it has a bit too much twist. This seems to be pretty standard for me at this stage. I am not sure it will effect the finished project though - because there is a swirling pattern that starts in the center of the hat and moves outward. The push of the twist may be offset buy this spiral in the hat. Or at least that is what I am hoping. Next time I have been told I need to whack the yarn - a lot - to help distribute the twist.

I am almost finished with Buttonhead. So far the over twist does not seem to be an issue. With my Orange Marmalade the entire cowl has a noticeable shift. I love it anyway... but I was hoping to minimize that in this one. It does not seem to be a problem so far.



UPDATE: 05.22.10:
FINISHED... It is finished and the twist seems fine! Maybe I got away with it this time. Next time, thwacking will ensue. I wore it all day today. It feels good. Not itchy or anything. I even got a few compliments.

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To PVC or not to PVC...

I have gotten really into spinning. As with everything I seem to do I want to do and buy everything that has to do with it too. I want a swift, niddy noddy, a nostipinne and I already bought a set of hand carders... I would really like a wooden niddy noddy but the ones I have found are a bit expensive for what they do. I took a great spinning class, just an introduction to the basics, but worth every minute... and the teacher had one made from PVC. It was the coolest little thing and worked really well for her. I promptly went home with my second spindle, two more packs of fiber and a book... and stopped off to get some PVC pipe.

I found a good article online on how to make one easily. Most of the quotes I got for prices were 2.00-5.00 for it... but I must not have their hardware stores near me. I needed to buy the whole 15' pipe and then the bits. The first one cost about 15.00$ cause I also needed a junior hacksaw... but I had waaaayyyy too much pipe so I bought extra caps and made spools. They are great because they are heavy and keep tension on the yarns when I am plying with my spindles.

I realized that one niddy noddy is also not enough. I keep switching up or wanting to try a new fiber - but something is already on the niddy noddy... so I got some new materials today. Another 15' pipe... but this time I got two niddy noddy's out of it and some spools too. I also used 1/2" pipe this time. The last one was thicker - although I am not sure how much... maybe 3/4" - and it also is nice and heavy - but I made the side bits too short >Sad

In my internal debate about the beautiful 45.00 niddy noddy... vs. the pvc one I have realized something important that makes the PVC pipe indispensable regardless of how friggin ugly it is. That is, that I can set the twist in my fibers while it is still on the niddy noddy and also stretch it a bit by turning one of the ends so that the top and bottom are parallel. This is equal to putting a weight on it while it hangs. It is perfect. And when water fills the tubes - it stays submerged in the water better than hollow pipes and also just a hank floating in the tub. So I stretch the yarn over the niddy noddy - cook in the twist - weight it - and dry it on the same tool.

I think I have decided to stay with the PVC. Althought I am wondering if I can paint it or decorate it in some way to make it more enjoyable to look at.



thin niddy noddy 1/2 inch PVC alongside thicker "spool" PVC

UPDATE: 05.16.10
I have realized after using the 1/2 pipe that the arms seem to bend. Initally I thought I made a bad choice using the thicker pipe - but now - maybe it is a better option. Although the 1/2 is more slender and lighter the parts do not twist easily, although grease could work for that, and the bending bothers me. I have a concern that it may compromise the strength of the entire piece. We will see...

References:
Spinning Class, Woolbearer's
PVC Niddy Noddy Instruction
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Surprise Order from the Sheep Shed

So very cool.

I got a surprise order from the Sheep Shed Studio today. Which is fantastic because I have had a really rotten day. Here it is:


I really had fun with the superwash wool from the last order. This order will probably be just as fun. There are something called soppers in this order. I learned these are to "sop" up any remaining dye in the dye bath so it does not go to waste. I do not know what fibers are in it other than wool and mohair (I am going on texture). I have some bamboo from a prior order from the Yarn Tree, which I hate spinning... so I decided to blend it. 

Today I will be spinning my first ever rolags:



I am thinking it will be fun.

UPDATE 6.10.10:
So I spend the day yesterday making rolags and spinning this soppers mixture of fibers. As far as I can tell there is wool, superwash wool and mohair in the soppers mix an then I added the bamboo I blended on a whim. I had experimented with a flax/wool blend and thought that the wool really added to the ease of spinning the fibers because of the tooth in the staple. Since bamboo is so slippery I thought the wool would help with it as well. I layered the bamboo on both sides of the carders and then loaded up the wools/mohair on top. Wala...



Course I have no idea what the hell to do with it... or anything else I have spun... and I am so fond of my singles... that may be problematic for certain projects. I have no idea what this will look like once it is finished and fulled but I think it will be cool to work with. 

UPDATE 6.12.10:
Finished my project... Since I knew this pastel medley was definitely for my daughter I decided that she needed a Buttonhead hat of her own. I love this hat pattern and I have made 5 of them to date... Gotta stop at some point... when? Beats me.

Here is the end results using the yarn. I wound up plying it as a 4 ply yarn in the end. Although I am not sure if it worked out well or not. It felt more like I just held the 4 strands together as opposed to actually getting a 4 ply yarn with proper twist. The end result still looks pretty good, as far as I'm concerned.




Its being blocked today (6.17.10) and hopefully we can gets some interesting buttons to fit the character of the hat. 
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Learning the Braid

So, I love fiber...

I can admit this freely. I also love the little haute braids that the fancy stuff comes in, even if I cannot stand the price. I have finally learned how to make the braid! I experimented on my Sheep Shed order and here is the result:



It was a lot of fun to learn and it is actually fairly space saving as well. I have gone back and braided all of the other loose fiber I have and they fit neatly in a drawer now - instead of bags bunched everywhere and stuffed in spaces. I left the fibers that "drift" a lot - well enough alone - like bamboo, soysilk and hemp... but all the wools braided neatly and cleanly.

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Northern Lights... the Sequel.

I love this fiber. It is fun to spin, easy to spin and makes fun color combinations. I had been eyeing this 'Toffee' color for a while and decided for my first purchase I would go with the 'Picasso' because I thought it would offer more of a contrast... then I went and bought more... more... more...



I made a Buttonhead hat out of the first batch using the Picasso and Linda from Pleasant Run Peddlers like it so much I offered to make one for the shop. So I spun a similar weight using the first batch to help gauge my results. The final result is a 2 ply fingering or sport weight yarn, I think.



This colorway makes really soft blends and contrast to the final yarn. I really like it. The best way to see the color in the yarn (and with the Picasso) is to put it in the sunlight. It is amazing the difference between inside lighting and sunlight.




UPDATE 6.18.10:
I finished the hat. I am soaking and blocking it now. I am happier with this one that the last 3... it is probably just practice at this point. I used a small gauge, size US6 needles, and went with the Beret style this time. 

I also didn't "finish" my yarn before I started knitting. I have heard people say that you can use pencil roving to knit with by itself - you just have to be careful - so I though why not try setting the twist and fulling the yarn after the project it done? It might add something interesting to the project or not make a difference at all. 

I also tend to over twist, still!!!, almost everything I spin and I thought if I left in the yarns natural tendency to untwist it might relax a little while I was knitting and I would not have a project that slants. This yarn is also a 2 ply which helps remove some of the twist too. The hank did not double over on itself after I took it from the niddy noddy this time - so I think this one has got the right amount.

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Tour de Fleece

I learned about the Tour de Fleece at about 11pm the night before... I am not sure If I even have enough fibers to spin! I am going through my stash to try and spin everything I have. I have been dying fibers like a mad woman too. I missed two deadlines already. I am going to have to plan this out a little better next time.

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Another Sheep Shed order - An Obssession.

Another Sheep Shed order - An Obssession.


I cannot seem to stop spinning. I have started enjoying spinning more than all the other things combined.
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