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Spinning some yarn

Falkland fiber from Whorling Tides

When I travel, I don’t just buy yarn.  Sometimes I buy fiber to spin.  Sometimes I even knit that fiber.  As I get ready for the Carolina Fiber Frolic at the end of this month (info and link in top left corner), I have decided to use last years special colorway for some spinning practice.  I’m even knitting it into a cowl for the tiny competition we usually have.

Falkland fibers from Whorling Tides

Beth from Whorling Tides fibers in Alabama (I think) prepared the fiber for this to suggest the Charleston area sunset over the marsh.  I spun a dk weight 2 ply worsted from the braid.  The colors are a bit drabbed by the plying, but not as much as this picture.  

This detail shot shows them better.  I really think this is the best yarn I’ve ever spun.  I’m getting turned on to my wheel again as I get ready to go to the 2012 Frolic and teach some knitting.

I’m sure I’ll pick up some spinning tips from the others there.  I am teaching when the classes I wanted to take are given.

spin art by Jacey Boggs

I did buy a new book.  Ann Potter of Pilot Mountain Llamas told me about Jacey Boggs and her art yarn classes.  Later I met someone who had taken one of her classes and was blown away by both the techniques and her teaching.  So when I saw her new book and DVD for sale at Knitpicks, I grabbed it.  Today the dogs and I watched the DVD and I am excited to try these things.  I have lots of practice top(fiber prepared for spinning worsted) in the attic and I will let you know how it goes.

Here’s some stuff I bought at SAFF about 4 years ago.  It is marvelous to look at and to feel.  I include a picture with the website.

Hmmmmmmm–well the website is http://www.galesart.com

This is spun larger than the Falkland above and the plying is sort of spiraled which showed the colors better.  The colors are this vivid.  Gotta love silk.

No idea what this will be, except it will be mine.

More later–

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