Location: Crescent City, California, United States

I love to make things with my hands. My current passions are knitting and spinning.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Caution...Picture heavy post

I just love going to Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, Oregon every year. It is the only fiber festival that I have ever been too, and I have been able to go about 5 times. This is the third year in a row that I have been able to take classes. This year I took a class called Fiber Feast (making designer yarns). The teacher had brought fibers in different colorways for us to choose from and we separated and layered the fibers, ribbons, and yarns on the tables then divided them up between everyone and spun up our yarns. This is my yarn......

I had alot of fun shopping. I bought a total of 3 fleeces - a White Shetland that I dropped off for processing at BSG, a Jacob, and a CVM (California Variegated Mutant). I was able to find a small picker to help prepare the fiber for spinning.....
I was also able to find a Jenkins Turkish spindle that I love. I really enjoy spinning with it, but not necessarily with the pin-drafted Cormo roving that I bought at BSG. I am able to spin a very fine single, but it has a few little lumps in it because of the way that the fiber was prepared .

I found a wrist distaff to use when I am spinning with a drop spindle. And for those of you who don't know what a "wrist distaff" is, here is a video of how to use one...

....and of course I found some lovely yarns at BSG. This is lace weight Merino/ silk 80/20 in the Hepburn colorway by Abstract Fiber.

Lace weight Merino in the "Tropicale" colorway by Only Natural. It was dyed with Cochineal, Logwood and Madder. The skein is 2 5/8 oz. and 600 yds.

Hand dyed Blue Faced Leicester top - 8 oz. by Crown Mountain Farms in the Novalis colorway.

From the top going clockwise in the picture below is BFL and silk (75/25) by Chamelion Colorworks in the October colorway, 4 oz. ob Bombyx silk sliver for blending with other fibers, and silk hankies dyed by Plum Crazy Ranch and Fiber Art.
Hand dyed silk ribbon
Dyed mohair locks
Firestar for adding sparkle to batts!

I think that is enough Pictures! Happy Spinning and knitting.

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