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Fiber, Fiber, Fiber...My Head is Spinning!

This is my first multi-colored spinning project.

As you may know, I was camping last week and along with the hiking, I got some knitting and spinning done. If you look at my last blog, you'll see photos of my camping experience. I have finished the spinning project that I was working on during the time in the mountains. This is the fiber I started with. It's hand-dyed merino from Greenwood Fiber Works.

Here's what it looked like on the wheel. I had no control over what colors went into the yarn, other than picking out a colorway I liked, but I could make the sections of color longer or shorter by drafting.

I also could combine the colors while drafting or plying. I chose Navajo plying because it keeps the colors together, rather than combining them barber-pole fashion. Navajo plying is sort of like making a long crochet chain, except that you make the loops fairly long, and you're adding twist as you work. Because you're working with one strand of yarn, the colors tend to stay together, except where the singles change from one color to another. After plying, I wound my yarn onto the niddy noddy DH made for me out of pvc pipe.

I tied it with figure-eights in four places, washed it in Kookaburra Wool Wash and hung it in the shade to dry.
In other activities, we had our annual geology hike just above Salt Lake City on Labor Day. Here's what you could see:

DH is on the far right. He's a geologist (retired), and every year he leads a group of hikers from the Park City Mountain Sports Club to learn about regional geology. Yes, that is a wolf to his left. She belongs to a friend of ours who hikes with us, the tall man in the hat.

What's on my needles? Still my Landscape Shawl with my hand-spun Coopworth. The yarn is fairly lumpy. I could have made smoother yarn, but at this point in my spinning, I would have had to card it, and would have lost all the little bits of color, which are actually second cuts, little bits of fiber that result from the shearer going back over part of the sheep already shorn. I'm making progress on my shawl!

What's on my earbuds? I'm currently listening to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte on my iPod, downloaded from for free. (Thank you, librivox!) As always, I have KP podcasts on my little MP3 player and am anxiously awaiting new ones.

I'm looking forward to finishing my Landscape Shawl and a new spinning project. The area fiber fest, Great Basin Fiber Arts Festival, is coming up next weekend, as well as the open house at the Blue Moon Ranch alpaca farm (which belongs to one of the Lindas) the following weekend. I'm going to take my wheel and spin alpaca fiber. Life is good.

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Comment by wendy on October 4, 2009 at 9:46pm
Peggy, this is really beautiful! I can't believe this is the first time you have done multi-color yarn. I just keep learning more and more from you, Susan and Cheryl. Wendy
Comment by Cristi-Lael on September 22, 2009 at 6:30pm
Beautiful yarn! I love the colors and it looks so even! Good job.
Comment by parisribbons on September 12, 2009 at 12:12am
Your yarn is splendiferous! Did you do it for me? Didn't think so. Whatever you make
with it will be great. Your very first try with multi-colored. I am impressed. Honey tries
to boss me but it doesn't work. If I could be alpha with that super alpha Yorkie for
15-1/2 years, Honey doesn't stand a chance. Doesn't stop her from trying several
times a day. When she misbehaves, she does a time-out in her small crate. She's so
funny - She can tell when she's been very naughty, she puts herself in jail and all
I have to do is latch the door. --J
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on September 9, 2009 at 7:44pm
Ours don't always boss us, but they are very possessive, and protective. Cats do what cats do... we had one a few years ago... my DH had never had a cat before and just didn't get how cats are. It was pretty funny. But the cat loved him. --S
Comment by Peggy Stuart on September 9, 2009 at 7:38pm
Susan: Yes, but I try to keep mine from bossing me. The cat is another thing...
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on September 9, 2009 at 7:35pm
Even dogs do not have owners... they are the owners of US! Trust me on this one.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on September 9, 2009 at 7:26pm
Shaman is 3/4 wolf and 1/4 German Shepherd. I think all the German Shepherd genes must be recessive, though. She's very sweet, but occasional leaves home in spite of the invisible fence. Once she came home with a frozen turkey. That was embarassing for her human. (Can't say "owner." I don't think you can own a wolf.) --P
Comment by ruthmci on September 9, 2009 at 6:08pm
I thought that looked like a wolf, but I decided it must be a husky. The yarn turned out so beautifully! Very professional looking.
Comment by maureen on September 9, 2009 at 10:15am
peggy your spinning project is beautiful, it looks like you made it just for me
i love the colours and the way they came together
you shawl i quite nice also
looks like you had a great trip
not sure if i would want a wolf on my trip but he/she must be friendly or wouldn't have been invited
thanks for sharing
Comment by NoKnitSherlock on September 9, 2009 at 9:52am
Georgeous fiber, the green really pops! and the landscape shawl is so beautiful Peggy.
Now, what I really want to know is...."What's everyone looking at????"(including that ginormous ...umm did you say wolf?!?!?)

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