Spinning

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Patricia

More spinning

This is from a Malabrigo top that I got a couple of weeks ago in a new craft shop in Mill Valley called Once Around. While I was visiting the store it felt like being inside a candy store. I liked their array of merchandise and I couldn’t resist the impulse of purchasing some wool that was for sale. I think this color is called Mostaza (Mustard). I decided to spin a two ply yarn with it.

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And here is some plain white merino wool combined with some randomly picked sari silk threads and a little Angelina spark. I love the white against the bright jewel tone colors of the sari silk threads.

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I’m thinking of combining the sari silk thread with other colors and spin some more textural yarns.

Patricia

Angora

English Angora Wool! This has been my new fiber discovery. I purchased the fiber at the Dixon Fair while I was vending there, but didn’t pay much attention to the label. Later on, I discovered that the wool comes from Betty Chu who is a well known English Angora breeder. A few months ago, somebody posted a picture of her on FB posing with one of her English Angora Rabbits, the name immediately rang a bell. I checked the label on the plastic bag that contained the wool and it turned out that it was from the same Betty Chu. I decided to spin a chunky yarn and plied it with a pink silk thread. I didn’t find it too difficult to spin but like any new fiber, it takes a little practice to get used to managing the slippery hair. While taking off the finished yarn from the knitty knotty it was very  noticeable to see and feel the drape and the softness right away. It is OMG so soft! I can see a luxurious cowl made with this yarn. Now to the pictures…

English Angora in my bobbin

English Angora in my Knitty Knotty

English Angora in my Knitty Knotty

English Angora yarn

English Angora yarn

English Angora yarn

I want to spin more of this fiber and I don’t know if I want to wait until next year to get more…

P.S. I ended up knitting a beanie, but I didn’t have a chance to take a picture before heading to Black Mountain Weavers to sale it. Nonetheless, the hat is yummy soft.

English: This is a Ruby-eyed White English Angora

Navajo Ply goes wild…

I’ve been very inspired with Navajo plying lately and I’m finding that the possibilities are endless. The whole process is really fun. It can be a little bit daunting, and this is because you have to build your dexterity before you are happy with the results, but once you get the hang out of it,  it can be easy and fun to use this plying technique, and it gives you a lot of room for creativity. The first time I tried it I got all tangled up with the loops, and my chains were showing too much. I wasn’t fast enough at grabbing the next section of yarn to be plied, and at the same time, I wasn’t holding the plied section properly to control the twist. After all, I only have two hands! Well, a few attempts later, I started to see the results. Here is some yarn that I spun with a some CVM roving that Yolo Mill processed it for me.

Specs:

CVM

 Navajo Ply

Aran Weight

10 wpi

Of course, once you learn the rules, you are allowed to break them. Here is Navajo ply gone wild:

The wpi is 1 to 1.5.

Here is another yarn that I made with some Merino I got from Yarnival:

I can’t wait to try these yarns on some weaving or crocheting. This stuff is addictive! I just want to try more with different fibers and textures. The ideas are pouring!

Yarn for a cause

I got two of my roving spun into beautiful yarn by LIttleCreekYarn. This is so exciting because now I can see what other spinners and crafters are doing with my hand dyed roving. Half of her sales goes to Partners in Health, an organization who helps communities to combat disease and poverty.

This pretty skein is made up of 120 yards of soft merino/silk blend, spun to a bulky weight and plied with a clear nylon thread on which are strung upwards of sixty silver-edged enamel flowers in various colors.

Let's Skip the Showers and go Directly to Flowers...

Let's Skip the Showers and go Directly to Flowers...

This skein was spun from my “Lupine Fields” roving which is 50% merino and 50% silk. I love the sheen.

Hope Spring's Eternal...

Hope Spring's Eternal...

…because winter sure is lasting forever! This luxurious 50/50 merino/silk yarn has colors some of us can barely remember at this point — sky blue, new-grass green, violet purple. 190+ yards, 3 5/8 ozs, spun thick and thin averaging around 16 wpi. It will help banish the grey in your days. –Littlecreekyarn.