Saturday, May 9, 2009


I've been on a pretty serious spinning jag. It all started with the purchase of two relatively innocent looking globs of bamboo roving. Bamboo is soft and silky, has an amazing sheen, and has the general property of being gorgeous. The colors of the two globs didn’t really coordinate like I thought they would, so I got a pound of white bamboo and some dye, thinking I’d dye coordinating colors.

After making these purchases, it occurred to me that since I apparently could not pick out coordinating colors when the already dyed fibers were displayed before me, trying to dye fibers to a particular shade might not be a successful endeavor. So, I had to (had to!) acquire different colors of roving in amounts sufficient to coordinate with each of the globs, which resulted in the addition of 3 more globs which, of itself, is no problem.

However, since I was planning a trip to the Route 66 Fiber Rendezvous and since I would probably succumb to the temptation to acquire more fiber, it seemed prudent to actually spin up some of the bamboo globs. I did. So, the bamboo yarn, formerly known as globs 1 though 5, are all ready to be tasked to the job of serving as weft threads for a yet to be woven something-or-other.

The problem, if it can be called a problem at all, is that now I can’t seem to stop spinning. I spun up a fiberclouds batt in shades of blue wool and silk that I designed at Gwen’s. I’m calling it Emily’s night sky because the yarn will become something for my mother who is named . . .

. . . . EMILY.

Here the finished yarn is shown atop a new bat of coordinating fiber I got today from Donna at the Route 66 fiber thing.

I have 55 ounces (that’s almost 3.5 pounds) of this natural colored wool and alpaca blend of fluffy loveliness, it too is rapidly becoming yarn.

I’ve spun 6 bobbins full since Monday.
Each bobbin holds abo
ut 2.7 ounces (about ? ha!! 5 of the 6 bobbins have been exactly 2.7 ounces -- yes I weighed them–that’s what you do) so, I’m looking at just over 20 bobbins of this stuff. Two bobbins plied together make around 163 yards of yarn (yes I counted the yards–again, that’s what you do). Anyway, I’ll have a decent sized mountain of yarn when I’m finished--somewhere close to 2000 yards. Oh! the possibilities . . . .

And, the new kids in town found themselves in my possession after a day at the Route 66 Fiber Rendezvous (which I could not even get close to spelling without spell-check)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yum, those colours all look devine.


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