Spinning Along

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Handspun

This yarn was spun from one of my textured art batts.  The batt was full of alpaca, merino, mulberry silk, silk noil, Firestar, and Wensleydale locks.  It is really next to skin soft.

This was spun on my Matchless with the bulky flyer.  I am still working on the bulky flyer.  I ended up getting rid of the cotton drive band that came with the flyer.  It just wasn’t “grippy” enough and as the bobbin filled, it seems to slip.  I have a cone of 2 ply linen cotton.  The linen is one single and the cotton is another.  It is a unique yarn…  I am hoping this will solve the drive band issue…

Dyeing Yarn

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Longwool Yarn

Finally, I had a chance to skein up some of my new yarns.  I have a cone of fingering weight longwool that I have been really wanting to dye.  This wool is spun from a blend of luster longwool sheep.  It has a nice sheen to it.  I also skeined up some super soft chunky merino.

Chunky Merino 3-Ply

The merino will be used as warp/weft for some scarves on my Flip rigid heddle.  I have been wanting to make a few more scarves and knit some hats.  This yarn is going to be just perfect!

I dyed the longwool in semisolid colors and the chunky wool in a blend of purple/mauves. I mixed up some more dyes tonight and plan to do some more skeining and dyeing.  I have a couple of cones of sock yarn that I will be skeining for dyeing also.

Saori Loom

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I bet you saw the title of this post and was expecting to see a photo of a spiffy new loom. Well, here is the story…I ordered an SX60H Saori loom from Saori Santa Cruz.  The Saori loom arrived a week or so ago and it is still waiting patiently in the box.  I purchased this for my son for Christmas.  I have only had a chance to sneak and inspect it.  It has been really hard for me to keep it in the box!  Weaving will have to wait until after Christmas.  I am sure my son will love his new loom.

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