11 Nov

Fiber Treasures Retreat

FTR2016

So my dear friend Christine AKA Treasure Goddess and I have joined forces to to create the Fiber Treasures Retreat! In March 2016, we are kicking off our first event in Harveyville, Kansas at the amazing facility know as The Harveyville Project, home to Yarn School.

We are planning a great weekend full of textured yarn spinning techniques, what to make with art yarns, and of course amazing food as well. Registration for the event opened today so stop by the website and check it out!

31 Jan

Topeka Twister

So let me sing the praises of The Topeka Twister. I bought a couple of her lovely hand painted fiber braids at the Winter Woolfest two weeks ago. She also had some pretty rolags as well but I was honestly a bit hesitant to get those since I really hadn’t enjoyed spinning with them in the past. In the end, they were just too pretty to pass up. Pale blue and pale teal with white and cream colors and plenty of sparkly Angelina made them so irresistible.

Topeka Twister rolags

And you know what? I’m so glad I bought them. There were eight rolags to the bag which was a little over 4 ounces. They are a complete dream to spin!

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I spun each of them woolen. Well, as woolen as I can manage. It’s difficult for me to get a good picture of me attempting to spin woolen.  Especially when the phone shadow gets in the way! But the experience of spinning these rolags is luscious.

I finished spinning up an entire bobbin last night.

 

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Isn’t that lovely? So ethereal. I haven’t yet determined what the finished yarn will be. I’m trying to decide whether I will ply it back on itself or maybe make it into a mini supercoil. Both are really tempting. So I’ll let it sit for a bit until I decide.

In the meantime, Jessica posted more pretty rolags on the Topeka Twister Facebook page this week. I felt compelled to snatch them up and they arrived today!

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They are so bright, cheerful and full or color. I’m going to love spinning these!

 

02 Jan

Fiber Friday

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Last month I received this gorgeous batt at my fiber guild’s holiday party gift exchange. So pretty! I just finished spinning it into a single. I started with the pink end and spun towards the purple. The colors blended beautifully and there was a ton of sparkle and even some unexpected bits of lime hiding here and there.

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Now all I need to do about it is decide is how to finish the yarn. So many possible options!

  • Ply back on itself
  • Chain ply
  • Leave as a single
  • Ply with a neutral single
  • Ply into a supercoil

How do you decide what a finished yarn should be?