Sunday, May 17, 2009

This Saturday was the opening day at Old World Wisconsin and they hold their sheep shearing and a whole fiber-filled day. I couldn't go. I sulked around the house a bit till I decided to sit and spin my own stuff. Well I got 5 skeins spun and plied and washed and dried! Whew! the picture is the result of my frustrations. Although, after spinning a while it worked as therapy and I was smiling again. I love what I made. Each skein is between 35-55 yards. All are lumpy, bumpy and spun to the right. The darker blue is spun with cut up pieces of commercial yarns, and then plied with more of the blue wool that I spun just plain. For the other 4, I spun various rolags I had carded with mixes of wools and angelina, and a shimmery synthetic. Then I tried something new that I taught myself after watching it done on youtube by other spinners. I did a Navajo 3 ply. I absolutely love how it turns out. I don't have a really smooth technique yet, but I enjoy doing it and the look of the yarn is great. The only drawback is the yardage is shorter than regular plying-so the next ones I do I'll plan to make longer singles. Problem solved.


  1. See how much more you got done by staying home? :D We should do an Old World Wis. crafty group field trip sometime - I keep thinking about it because it's so close but never get around to it. Haven't been there since I took their into to hand-piecing/hand-quilting workshop 4 or 5 years ago!

  2. Wow! First of all, I love your header! So many beautiful things I could look at it for hours. And the spinning...I tried spinning last week and it was a big FAIL. It helps to hear how much people enjoy doing it. That's the only thing that makes me want to try again. lol.

    Thanks for participating in Fiber Arts Friday!