Is it any surprise that I am still spinning? I have been trying to spin every day, at least half an hour, but most days it is much more. This bump of roving is my last from Taylored Fibers in Quilcene, Washington. I went there as part of the Jefferson County Farm Tour in September 2014.
My first experiences with Barry’s fibers was on a spinning retreat with Judith MacKenzie at Mo Ranch in the Texas Hill country. She had several blends of his that were unlike anything I had seen before, mostly due to my inexperience.
When i heard about the farm tour, and knew that Judith would be there, I talked to my dear friend Trisha who lives in Oregon, and we made a plan for me to have an indulgent 50th birthday weekend, which included the farm tour, Bainbridge Island (home of Churchmouse Yarns & Teas), and some other fiber related fun.
During that trip to Barry’s I saw the carder in action and talked with him about the local sourcing of fibers and the work he and his wife Linda are doing. I got quite a bit of his fiber. One blend in particular was sweater quantity and I spun most of it during Spinzilla 2014 to make the Modern Wrapper, a Churchmouse pattern, which I have since knit and wear with increasing frequency.
I decided to ply this fiber with some silk hankies from See Jayne Knit. They are spinning up fine and thread like so it ought to be interesting. The sheen of the silk should play nicely and echo the bits of orange and gold in the fiber blend which I forgot to mention earlier; lambswool, alpaca, bamboo.
Lest you think it is all spinning all the time, I worked registration for a conference my company does last week and during the lunch break, I walked the booths to see if there was any interesting swag. I found a few pens, a nice little utility knife, and some nice little notebooks. Of course, I am not really interested in using a note book with some awful oil and gas company logo, so I hunted around in my office to see how I could remedy that.
Yes, I found a glue stick, and yes I found some recycled tissue paper. I was using an old food magazine to glue on, and also found a nice salad, some asparagus and bacon. So now I have a supply of notebooks to use up. Inside they are graph paper.
One more bit of spinning before I set up for some fleece washing, Tator. Tator is a BFL lamb from Aniroonz Sheep Company, from Colorado. The last sampling I did was a BFL ewe, Gabby, that I talked about in a previous post.
I thought Gaaby’s fleece was fantastic, and still do. Tator’s fleece is softer tenfold. And finer. The sample I made, effortlessly, is divine.
The spindle pictured here was also from the 50th birthday trip and is a steel shaft with a glass whorl.
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