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.

Spinning Along

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Handspun

I made a bunch of art batts and am spinning them into a worsted/chunky weight singles yarn.  The fibers in the batts are hand dyed merino, bamboo, alpaca, Wensleydale locks, firestar, mulberry silk, and Angelina.  I have been spinning them on my Schacht Matchless with my bulky flyer.

I finally have the bulky flyer figured out.  I have only had my Matchless for a couple of months.  I ordered the bulky flyer with the wheel.  I did not even have the wheel figured out before putting the bulky flyer on it.  I love the Matchless.  It is an awesome wheel.  I can spin anything on it with ease.  I did have to a bit of fiddling around with it at first.  It is quite a bit different from my other wheels.

I plan on using the hand spun to make another scarf on my Flip rigid heddle loom.  The cold weather is here.  I am outside most of the time, so scarves (and hats!) are on the top of my list of items to make.

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