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Fabulous Fall and Fiber

Such beautiful Fall days!  The last 2 days I have relished the chance to spin in the back yard studio with the door and windows open.  The birds flit back and forth between feeders as the hum if my wheel takes me from fiber……

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To singles……

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to………

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Ready to Dye

I have admired hand-dyed yarn and fiber for so long.  It’s time to take the plunge.  I finished spinning some singles of merino in a color called Ruby Twist similar to this from Copper Moose via ebay.

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Here’s the dilemma:  I only have 8 oz. of this fiber and really want to spin for something more than a scarf.  So I sorted through my fiber stash and found one lot of 8 oz. of white undyed merino and another pound of undyed merino from a different source.  I also have some bottles of acid dye I bought some time ago.

Here’s the plan:  as soon as I get some synthrapol I am going to prep and dye the 8 oz. merino batch purple to ply with the ruby twist.  Then I will dye the pound either red or purple. Or maybe red and purple……………. Voila!  Enough DK weight yarn (theoretically) for a shawl!  And, more importantly, my first foray into the world of fiber dyeing.  Fiber adventures!

Spinning As Meditation

I’m about to do some spinning and was just thinking once again how working with yarn and fiber keeps me sane.  I absolutely love color and texture.  The rhythm of a spinning wheel or knitting needles is meditation for me. The yarn I am spinning doesn’t look anything like what is in this picture. Image First of all I am still a novice and working to be able to control the thickness of the yarn I spin as well as the twist.  Secondly I am still using fiber from my stash purchased years ago because it was a bargain rather than because I absolutely loved the color or fiber.  Once I work my way into my stash a little more I am only going to buy fiber that I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE.  And furthermore no more “free” raw fiber.  There’s a reason that it’s free and paying for fiber properly dyed and processed is worth every penny.  These are some of the lessons I ponder as a result of being 64 years old and wanting to make the most of every precious moment.  Life is too short.

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