Shall I Spin You Another Yarn?

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…

Mmmhmm. Enabling.

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…

The violinist walked around the room playing 18th century favorites. Everything again, has to be period correct!
I don’t know that everyone knew everyone else there. But, there was wonderful conversation and I heard a couple of 1800’s jokes while I was there…
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!
Toward the close of the night, there was singing…And I learned the real meaning behind “macaroni” in Yankee Doodle.
And, here, the Heritage Dancers are getting ready to dance!

I had a great time! But, then, I always do. Great night. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜‰

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? πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚


  1. That pastel fiber looks like cotton candy!

  2. Oh to have an enabler like you nearby. I might never do anything BUT spin.

    • Lol! Well you and your Lendrum can come through ANY time. πŸ™‚ I have dedicated tomorrow to getting back to my bag. FINALLY got longer needles though I had to settle for AC Moore needles rather than going to the LYS. I’m just never free at the times they’re open anymore. Good thing we spin, eh? πŸ˜‰

  3. That skein actually looks yummy! like rainbow sherbet πŸ™‚

  4. how fantastic!!!

  5. I always LOVE reading your blog because you always get up to something interesting and there are always lots of colourful pictures to see!! And once again the skeins of yarn…awesome colours!! I just don’t see yarn like this in my local yarn shop!

    • Awww thanks! I think it’s fun telling the stories. I have just never been to a place where there are always so many history buffs around. My dad LOVES history. But it bores me to tears. I learn a lot more with the interaction of these events.

      Lol! I’m certain that’s because hardly anyone would buy it! The last time I went to the guild meeting they were a lot more excited about the gray singles yarn than the colored kool-aid yarn! I liked them both, of course, and the singles was an accomplishment for me. But gray versus color, no contest! Laurel says I am a sunshine girl. πŸ™‚ I like those sunnier colors. I also like knitting for my kid though, so it works great for me…I do hope Sjon has a kid somewheres to make something for… πŸ™‚

  6. Such yummy goodness and a great post!

    • Thank you, Tina! I loved your post on Felicia Lo’s class. I hope Craftsy invites her back for more. Oh, and have you ever seen The Spinner’s Toolbox by Judith MacKenzie? You probably have…but if not, that’s another one for the video library, for sure.

  7. What a wonderful read…and fantastic photos, as always. I love this! I love all those mitts too πŸ™‚

  8. Q – Beautiful skein! Love the colors.

  9. I don’t think it’s possible to get tired of your visits to the mill. I love reading about them and all the pictures, too. And what does it say about me that I recognize the make and model of most the the spinning wheels in the pictures? πŸ™‚

    • That’s really cool! Other than going there, to work and shuffling around kids, I’m pretty much a homebody. So…I probably talk about the mill more than any other place!

      I think it says there is probably another wheel in your future. πŸ˜‰

  10. I love that skin so much … It looks great, and soft and like a wonderful fluffy cloud in the evening sky at sunset … Just what I needed after a long hard working day.
    Thank you so much for that. πŸ˜€

    • Aww thanks, Julia! I’m glad the work day is over for you. Hard work days are the worst! I hope you can get to knit a few rows before the day is done? I’m off for today, but the Girl Child is requesting food as though she’s going through a growth spurt! Been in the kitchen almost all day. I hope I can knit a few rows along with you. What a perfect ending that would be today. πŸ™‚

  11. wow! this sounds like a perfect day with a great ending. i wish i could have a day like this, just knitting and waving, good food and friends. i love your pictures. thanks for this post!

    • I wish I had MORE days like this lol! Currently on my way to work, sitting in rain and in traffic, wishing I had one of those bumper stickers that said, “Are we knitting yet?”

      I live for weekends. πŸ™‚

  12. What a fantastic day you must have had, it would have been fun to be there! πŸ™‚

    • It really was a great day. But I always have a lot of fun there. Being pretty much a homebody when I’m not at work, it’s really nice to have a place to go where my kind of “excitement” rules!

  13. grayseasaylor says:

    Keep your stories coming, Stacey! I have yet to be bored, and in fact look forward to your adventures πŸ™‚ You instruct, inspire, and entertain me. As you processed your kool-aide dyed fiber it was helpful to note how you combined your colors to produce your end result. I am not as much of a fan of yarns that pool or self-stripe as I am of tweedy yarn that melds color into a warming blend that honors all the colors while using some colors as lovely, strong support. It will be interesting to see the results of your friend’s stitching if she shows you. xx from Gracie

    • Thanks Gracie!! I’m glad you aren’t bored by all this. I really feel like I just get on here and yap about the same stuff. I don’t know where I started really liking blogging. But the bug bit hard, lol!

      I hope she will use it for something. I know because of the accident, she is somewhat limited in what she can do with crafts like knitting, spinning and weaving. I believe she sews more than anything? I’ll have to check on that. But, she’ll have some bright yarn to keep her company while she’s sewing. πŸ™‚


  1. […] Remember that pink sweatshirt or those sisters off to the right? […]

  2. […] also had some fluff leftover from Sjon’s yarn. So I decided to spin that up […]

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