I did not participate in Spinzilla this year, but thanks to having my wheel set-up and easily accessible and all the talk here lately on spinning I’ve been very inspired and I’ve been managing to spin daily. Sometimes it’s just a few minutes, but it has felt great to just carve out that time every day to spin. I’ve even popped on Periscope a couple times to share those moments with you — I’m @KnittingSarah if you haven’t joined the fun. Thanks to these baby steps, I have some new finished handspun yarns to share – yay!
First up, let’s look at Dyeabolical’s Fate, Phd.
I bought this beauty — 8oz of the Fate, PhD colorway dyed on a Falkland base — this spring and managed to get it started as my first spin after the Tour de Fleece this summer. And then, as it usually goes, my spinning production dipped directly after the TdF, but I eventually finished up the singles.
A traditional, lightweight 3-ply was the goal. These bobbins got a nice long rest as I worked on two other sets of singles before circling back around to ply them. The results?
Rougly 435yards of sport weight 3-ply yarn.
I’m, of course, delighted with the results. Falkland is quickly becoming one of my favorite fibers to spin with — it feels crisp, yet soft in my hands. And Rachel at Dyeabolical just always does such beautiful things with color.
The second project that I wrapped up was from Spun Right Round. It was a fiber pack that was just different and I thought it would be fun try.
Arriving in 2 – 2oz braids, this Falkland (I know, Falkland again) was half brightly colored, kind of bold pastel hues and half black/grey/purple blend. I was super intrigued to see how they’d look spun separately and plied together, so that’s just what I did.
This yarn is unique and so fun.
At the end of the day, I finished with about 235yards of heavy fingering or light sport weight yarn with that signature soft, but drapey feel of Falkland.
I’m just so happy with it. I have no idea what to do with it at the moment, but I love it.
Thanks to Instagram and Periscope I’ve also found a new favorite source of inspiration, Three Waters Farm. Lolly Knits recommended this shop a while back and while they’ve been on my radar (and in my stash) since early summer, I recently discovered their Instagram feed in earnest and their nature photographs combined with their fiber combination photos — well, I simply could not be any more inspired.
Somehow the fates aligned and Mary Ann from Three Waters Farm and I managed to ‘meet’ on Periscope (she’s @ThreeWatersFarm, in case you haven’t followed her yet) and — I swear — it was clear almost instantly that we are cut from the same cloth. Enthusiastic and fun and serious about fiber arts all rolled into one with a true passion to teach and share in the most inclusive way possible — that’s my impression of Mary Ann. Not to mention, she’s wildly knowledgeable and a very talented dyer. Suffice to say, while I wait to be able to afford a certain color combination that caught my eye on her Instagram feed, I decided I simply had to haul out the 8oz of fiber I have in my stash from Three Waters Farm.
First, a colorway called Cafe Diem. It’s dyed on 100% BFL which I’ve already prepped to start spinning once I finish the current project I’m plying.
I can’t think of Cafe Diem without thinking of the TV show Eureka, but I have the sneaking suspicion that this colorway might in fact be named for a spot in real life. I’ll have to ask sometime. I’m thinking I’ll just do a very simple fractal-ish 2-ply with this fiber.
I also have a colorway called Lone Grasshopper on deck…
It’s on a Polwarth/Silk base and I really can’t wait to spin this one, too. I just know that pop of chartreuse will make this spin very special.
I’ve got probably an hour or two’s worth of plying left on my current project and thanks very much in part to the new projects all ready to go sitting right next to my wheel I’m having no trouble finding the drive to finish up. My wheel will just keep spinning, ’round and ’round and ’round — thanks to the great feelings that finishing brings and having a space to work. New inspiration, new friends, and and all the colorful beauty that will soon grace my wheel, they are, of course, excellent motivation as well.