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Just popped in for a moment to celebrate Fiber Friday. I was struck by an overwhelming urge to spin last night after far too long of a hiatus from my wheel. I got quite a lot spun despite my injured hand, too.
on the wheel
This is my first real “art yarn” and it’s the first time I’ve incorporated fabrics. It’s also the first time I’ve spun with some of these fibers. Included are alpaca, tussah silk, cashmere, polyester batting, soy silk, regular old wool – just about everything. There’s even a little piece that has some camel down in it.

I adore it and can’t wait to finish up the bobbin so I can ply it with something. I’m considering plying it with some tea-stained lace but we’ll see.


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I got my wheel back out and started back on the yarn that’s been sitting on the bobbin for weeks now. It’s the Angora/Shetland blend that I got at the fiber festival. I still enjoy spinning it, I’ve just been too busy with other things and have needed crafts I can do a bit at a time. I haven’t decided yet whether or not to dye it after it’s spun. I’m thinking I’ll probably ply it with some thread, though, regardless.

This summer is slipping by far too fast. I’ve yet to go out and chase lightning bugs. We haven’t been to the park in a long while now. With gas prices as high as they are we’ve barely gone for any scenic drives. This year has just sped along and I feel like I’ve missed a good deal of it. I need to take some time and take a breath and enjoy it before it’s over.

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The “Middle Tennessee Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival” was great. I’d prefer to get as much of my fiber as possible from local sources so the links on the site and the business cards I picked up while there will help with that significantly.

I got some really wonderful Angora/Shetland (25/75) roving from Praise Song Farm. It smells just like my boyfriend’s cat and is so soft. And I’m quite possibly completely in love with spinning it. I’ll have to get a shot of how it looks on the wheel. It spins up so nicely, I barely have to do anything. I also got some nice Cashmere/Tussah (50/50) from the same booth. I will probably experiment with dyeing both. I got the natural colored stuff so that I could dye it if I wanted.

I spent too much on some amazing Camel/Tussah. I’ll have to update with the name of the place because I seem to have misplaced the card. Anyway, wonderful people again, and oh wow, the colors. It is a good thing I had a limited budget because otherwise my house would be full of camel and silk fibers. I found myself trying to choose between 6 different colorways and that was only from the camel/tussah blends, not from the pure silk or any of the others. I finally chose 2 and I am very eager to try them out.

I also bought some Mongolian Cashmere/Tussah fiber from the same place. This stuff…Oh my goodness this stuff is what clouds are made from I swear to you. I don’t even want to spin it, I just want to lie in a tub full of it and bask in its softness. I only got 2 ounces and I really wish I had gotten more. And it was insanely cheap for how luxurious it is. There is no doubt at all that I am a little bit in love with it. Maybe a big bit.

I also got some needle felting needles and some great yellow wool from 3 Creeks which is my favorite place because Beth is always awesome and she’s actually the one who showed me how to spin originally, at a different festival. I picked my sister up some lovely turquoise wool as well.

Pictures of the fibers all up close and personal will be posted soon!

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