Surely you all must get tired of these stories of my visits to the mill, right?
Well, I’m afraid I’m going to have to bore you again since that is pretty much where I was all day yesterday, lol. But, as always, I had a fabulous time!
That’s not me (although I also have a large, oversized pink sweatshirt I love wearing on the weekends). That’s actually a lady named Caroline. But, it is me witnessing Caroline’s very first skein being spun! I know I have seen a new spinner produce a first skein before. But, truly, that just never really gets old! It’s different every time.
But what never changes is everybody who is a spinner always tries to enable a new spinner to get going, lol! Check us out…
And more enabling.
And more enabling, lol.
Yup. Just more and more enabling until the job is done!
Didn’t she do an awesome job, though?! My first skeins did not look as nice as that, that’s for sure!
In other news, the 2nd annual Craft Fair at the mill is coming up on the 24th and Natalie already has some goodies ready for her table.
I love the orange ones in the front!
Hmmm…what did I do (you know, aside from the photos, lol)?
Well, while I was at the spin-in, I toyed around on one of the looms.
Carol showed me how to tidy up the edges on my weaving by passing the shuttle through the shed so that the yarn/thread is at an angle rather than running it straight across to the other side. Also, because the distance for the yarn/thread to travel over and under the warp is slightly longer than just going straight across, the angle uses slightly more yarn/thread so that the fabric doesn’t pucker or get all screwy. Good to know!
I also paid Carol my deposit for an up and coming workshop at the mill where none other than Abby Franquemont is coming for a two and a half day workshop! I’m SO excited, I can barely keep my cool! It’s going to be awesome.
I did get some spinning done too, which requires a little bit of back story…At the last Fiberguild meeting, Sjon seemed to like the Kool-aid skein I had spun. Coincidentally, so did I! But, I told her if she met me at the next spin-in, I would have a skein of yarn spun for her. I’ll get to that in a minute though…
That night was Tavern Night and it was amazing! I am so glad I went (though my waist line may not be happy about it).
There was GREAT food! OMG. It was all so good! Unbelievably good.
And I got one of the last cups of cider with all the spice in it. Yum!!
There was music all night…
Did you see the way they shook their hips in those petticoats! I tell you, what is this world coming to?!
Hey, can you play something from the 80′s? The 1880′s, that is!
I had a great time! But, then, I always do. Great night.
And that brings me back to Sjon as I spent the rest of that night spinning up her yarn…Sjon can’t spin because of an unfortunate accident. So, I figured I would make her a skein since she liked the last Kool-aid spin. I am glad that she didn’t make it to the spin-in yesterday though…I was just getting started with the spinning, largely because I was kind of dreading the dyeing again. It takes SO LONG TO DRY. Sigh. I think I must have dragged my feet up until Thursday night before the spin-in…But, then, while in the supermarket getting some stuffs for dinner, I saw a salad spinner on sale! By the time I had gotten it to the counter, it was down to $1.29! Let me tell you, that thing was God’s greatest gift to me that day! I dyed the fiber…orange, lemonade, typhoon blue, grape, pink lemonade and black cherry! Don’t ask me how I was going to make sense of those colors…It worked out in my head and seemed a good idea at the time, lol. Long story short, I didn’t have the skein done on Saturday. But it was dry enough to start spinning on it Saturday! I finished it up with the plying today.
The major color was orange, of course.
But, once it dried, it didn’t really make sense to me. I knew I wanted orange as a dominant color with its complement (blue) and one of its near complements (purple-which was great because there was some lemon in there too) involved. But most of the colors I had intended to be cooler seemed to come out warm…Hey, it’s a limited palette, okay?
So, I had this long strip of homemade dyed roving that had orange and yellow all in its center with the tips reading red grape, a little ice blue and a mix of purple where they met. It just didn’t make sense to me and I felt like I may have ruined some good roving and Sjon would hate it…until I remembered Felicia Lo’s advice to break up the sequence of the roving and mix things up some. So, I split the roving so that I had all oranges and yellows for one bobbin…all purples and blues (and a tiny bit of green) on another bobbin…and a last bobbin where I drafted one half of each together. That gave me this skein of 3-ply handspun.
These colors are really high key, I know. But, I figured, if she liked the first skein, surely she could take this, lol!
I have no idea how that will knit up. But it was a happy ending for me.
The End. For now.