Tuesday, June 27, 2006

More Spinning Stuff

Okay, where were we? Oh yes, I was busy spinning lumpy yarn as thick as my arm! Just like my idol, the cooler-than-cool saleslady at Adams Farm.....not! Well, the one thing that stuck with me from the workshop was the instructor saying that everyone's yarn started out lumpy, and the more you practiced, the better you would get. Self-evident, I guess, but it gave me hope. But I needed fiber to practice on and lots of it, and I had to have it NOW! But where could I find a huge amount of roving to practice on???

Then... [cue heavenly choir of angels] who should appear at the shop one day but my dear friend Martha. She listened patiently as I blathered on and on about my lumpy yarn and spinning and the Adams Farm Lady etc etc etc ad nauseum. And then she said, "I have some fiber to give you, Diana. I'll bring it in on Wednesday." [What!!?] And sure enough, she appeared on Wednesday with a huge bag of roving that she and wonderful Anj had prepared from a sheep from the Philadelphia Zoo. How awesome is that??

So I took it home and spun and spun and spun and spun and spun and spun and spun and spun and spun and spun and spun and spun and sure enough I got better at it. The Zoo Fleece had a nice long staple (the length of the sheep's actual hair after processing) (I think), which made it easy to spin. And practice, while it makes far from perfect, made better. Here's yarn spun, dyed (with icing color - couldn't find my stash of Kool-Aid), and plied. I should have included something other than the edge of the pitchback for scale, but it is two strands of laceweight plied at about fingering weight.

The most exhausting 100 yards of yarn ever made. I had a (very brief) thought of selling the yarn I spun on ebay or something, but I then realized that I would have to charge something like $850 a skein to make it worth my while.


Blogger Marfa's Mewsings said...

The Divine Diana,
Ohmygawd! 1st, it's home delivery & now it'ds successful spinning.
Whee-o, honey, you are cooling w/gas.
Shall we connect again & I"ll bring you more roving?
I am honored to be mentioned in/on your blof - many thanks & lots of XOXO to you.

9:02 PM  
Blogger Marfa's Mewsings said...

The Divine One,
Good night, nurse. I signed in to your comment area of the blog w/my blog info & had not spell checked myself.
Am I red in the face or what?
So, it's a "blog" - not a "blof."
And it is "it's" - not "it'ds."
I do like "cooling w/gas" as it is a rainy, muggy Philly evening but it's really "cooking w/gas."
My secret is now public: I type quickly & make lots of errors & then, I correct them. Or at least I hope to correct them

9:08 PM  
Blogger purlewe said...

holy fiber batman! THAT rocks.. both this adn the pumpkin and brown stuff are really wonderful yarn.

I hope you love it too. very nice dye job!

2:39 PM  

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