Spinning Tuesdays

Spinning Tuesdays: Phat Fiber Fluff Box

I got a Phat Fiber Fluff Box in the mail. Did you hear me squee? Don’t know what Phat Fiber is? There is a detailed description here, but in a nutshell it is a box of samples, either fiber, yarn or a mix. Fiber artists contribute a certain number of small samples that they have dyed, carded and packaged as they are inspired by the theme of the month. Phat Fiber boxes go on sale once a month and there is a limited number of each box, so you have to click quickly. The theme for August is Bollywood! Look at the beautiful box full of fiber: 20 little fiber packages, not counting the extra goodies like buttons, ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Dyeing with Deb Menz

This past weekend I took a 3-day dye class with Deb Menz. I am still recovering. She completely cracked my brain open about dyeing color. I’ve perused her books   but I find it hard to learn solely from a book, especially about a topic that intimidates me. This class was intense, 2 full dyeing days and an entire day assembling a 33 page dye book. Here’s a quick photo essay of the class: Deb told us that she’s winding up her days as a traveling teacher. If you get the chance to take a class from her do it, it will be the most exhausting and fulfilling 3 days that you’ve ever treated yourself ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Spinning with Jacey Boggs

This past week I took a 3 days of classes with Jacey Boggs, Corespinning, Boucle and Cable and Crepe yarns.  It was a lot of new things for me, I’ve had one other class in Boucle yarns, spun along with Jacey’s DVD, poked around on You Tube, and tried to figure highly textured yarns out from books, with not a lot of success. I was prepared to work. What I wasn’t prepared for was how Jacey taught. Many spinning teachers teach in a style that I call, “Want this? Do this.”  Sort of like paint by numbers, following along exactly how the teacher spins – how they hold their hands and ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Marled Textures

I spun and knitted samples of Merino/Tencel, Silk, Merino and BFL from CJ Koho Designs all in the same colorway: Henry. I wanted to know how the difference in the texture of a fiber or fiber blend plied with a different fiber or fiber blend changes the look of the knitting – marling with texture. I took these: spun singles: I was most interested about how the Merino-Tencel and Silk would look with the Merino and BFL, because while the Merino-Tencel and Silk are shiny and Merino and BFL are matte, they are all shiny or matte in different ways. So I plied Merino-Tencel and Silk singles with BFL and Merino ...

Spinning Tuesdays: The Hot Ate My Brain

I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but here in Michigan it’s hot. I am lucky to have air conditioning which keeps my body cool-ish, but man, oh, man, the Hot Ate My Brain. It’s hard to put coherent sentences together, much less actually think. I did spin. I like to mix textures as well as colors when I spin. Can you marl a texture? I have this lovely fiber from CJ Koho Designs: All the same colorway, but different blends. I spun them and plied the singles together in different combinations and knit swatches. I kept track, made tags, took notes. Then my brain stopped. It kind of ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Knittyspin’s Fiber Fiesta

Recently I’ve met a few spinners who love Knittyspin and Spinning Tuesdays on the KnittyBlog, but  had never heard of or seen Knittyspin’s Fiber Fiesta. Fiber Fiesta is our way of letting spinners know about fabulous fibers to spin. There are a lot of amazing independent dyers and fiber artists creating wonderful things to spin and may not travel to shows. Plus, not all spinners travel to shows regularly, and really, we’re just doing our part as fiber enablers. Every issue a small group of spinners (4-6) spins, sets and knits a small (2oz) sample of fiber as it speaks to them, then they answer some ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Wrapping up 10 Weeks of Breed Spinning

This is my last week of spinning from Deb Robson’s Must Spin list. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with such  a wide variety of fibers and am glad I jumped out of my BFL spinning box. If you haven’t yet picked up a copy of Deb’s book, The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook, do it, no spinner who has the tiniest bit of curiosity about the variety of sheep breeds and other spinning fibers should spin without it. My last spin is Wensleydale, a long curly sheep breed. My Wensleydale came from The Spinning Loft (brown) and Spirit Trail Fiberworks (white). The brown was unwashed and the white came to me ...

Spinning Tuesdays: A Winner and a Wheel

Our winner of the fabulous spinner’s haul is Karen in San Francisco. Congratulations Karen! Our thanks to Storey Publishing, The Spinning Loft and Interweave for our prizes. Forgive me my fellow spinners, I did not spin this week. It was a flurry of traveling and then illness. I will be back at my wheel and finishing up Deb’s Must Spins soon. Yesterday as I sat on the couch waiting for the antibiotics to kick in, my husband brought me this: A mysterious box with 12 year old for scale I cracked that sucker open and There may have been an earsplitting shriek or two – the dog remains under the sofa My ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Cashmere for my Birthday!

My birthday is this week (June 10, 48) and to start my party week I spun cashmere from Deb Robson’s Must Spin list. Wow, just wow! I loved spinning this. I was intimidated at first, but I did some research and watched the cashmere part of Judith MacKenzie’s Luxury Fibers DVD set. The key is enough twist for short fiber, but not as much as slippery short fiber twist. The cashmere clings quite nicely to itself, and the top preparation helps by organizing the fibers and culling the super short fibers for you. I spun supported long draw and the yarn and swatch were soft and so light. Yes, I could cover my ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Angora, Romeldale and CVM

I’m still spinning from Deb Robson’s Must Spin list. I have learned so much about fibers I would never have spun and a whole lot about my spinning skills. This week’s spins are Angora rabbit, Romeldale and CVM. Angora was easy to prep because there isn’t any. But that’s where easy stops. Angora hair is very short and slippery. I spun from a cloud of angora with lots of twist. It was hard to keep it even, and boy,oh, boy it was fly away – there was angora hair flying all over. Of all of the fibers I’ve spun this was the one most interesting to my little boy and my dog. So I ...