As part of the work here at Wool n’ Spinning, I have been extremely happy to be able to offer a fibre club. There a couple of spots left at this time so if you’d like to participate in a carded fibre prep each month, please follow this link! I’ll be closing club offerings in a couple of days to get ready for December’s club mailing out.
This fall has been quite full, as I’m sure your fall has been too! We have had a sick and recovering dog, house guests, Spinzilla and article deadlines. It has been busy to say the least. Throughout all of that, however, the colour of the changing season continued to inspire me and I looked forward to getting outside each day with the kids, barring torrential rain, to look at the leaves. The kids and I began collecting the leaves to do leaf drawings so as I was thinking of colours for this month’s club, I continually came back to the beautiful reds and oranges of our local maple trees. Lucky for me that I had the perfect natural brown Alpaca to combine with the red – the roving I made is exactly like the maple leaves off our trees in our yard.
The fibre content of this month may be slightly challenging to spin. The slippery natural Alpaca combined with the Corriedale and Merino should help, though, and I really enjoyed spinning up the sample. To preserve the gradient of this month, I chose to chain (Navajo) ply. Included in your package of fibre is one middle-range rusty-orange. I had a very limited supply of this particular solid that rather than leave it out, everyone received one. Be sure to find it and place it aside for the transition between the red and lighter rusty-brown-orange (how would you describe that colour?).
The resulting yarn is light and lofty but round and sproingy from the chain-plying. I absolutely love the roundness of 3-ply yarns. And the gentle colour transition leaves me wondering what a gradient cowl might look like out of this yarn:
Round, sproingy 3-ply yarn: I just love the loft and airness from the carded prep.
It is sometimes difficult to see the gradient in yarns until they are laying out. So I tried to show this but you will have to spin yours to fully understand the beauty and texture that photos can only portray to a certain extent!
For this month, there will be a couple of 50 gram ‘extras’ listed on Etsy in the next couple of days. Patreon subscribers have access first – I will be sending out a message on Patreon when the listings go live to notify you all. As of December 1st, the listing will be open to everyone.
Until next time,