Sunday, November 30, 2008

These are pictures of the yarn and some of the fiber I dyed at the class at Misty Mountain. The brightly colored (red and blue) yarn is sock weight. The fuzzy looking blue and green is mohair yarn. The third picture is fiber, dyed in red, blue, and gray.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Dying for More Dyeing

I took a wonderful class on Saturday at Misty Mountain Farm on dyeing techniques. Leanna and Linda Witt led the class. I had never tried dyeing anything before (except, maybe, food like frosting). The class was great for a novice like me because of all the information the Witts packed in. In only four hours, we learned two techniques for dyeing yarn and two techniques for dyeing fiber. I got to keep the yarn and fiber that I dyed, I had great fun, and the knowledge will be very useful. Kudos to Leanna and Linda! Check out their Web site for more fiber arts classes:

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Glass Spinning Wheel

I saw a post on the Ravelry group Beginner Spinners about a glass spinning wheel and I just had to check it out. A video about the artist Andy Paiko and his work is on the Web site of the Oregon Public Broadcasting station. Very interesting - he is incredible.
Certainly not a portable wheel, but I wouldn't turn it down ...

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Shame on me for not keeping up with my blog. Excuses: travel, life, yadaah. I am gratified to see that since I last caught up, I have a couple of new responses to blog entries. One from my brother - he is apparently enjoying the toque! I'm happy for that - it's all about the user experience. I'll be interested to hear if strangers comment on it. Another entry is from a friend, Glaucia, whom I met through Ravelry. Glaucia lives in Lisbon, Portugal. I'm really glad to hear from her, and I certainly wouldn't want to disappoint by producing an inferior blog.

Meanwhile - about spinning, I posted in October about a fiber that I was having trouble spinning on my Ashford Traditional. The fiber is very slippery. I tried it on my Louet Victoria and I'm having greater success. I have spun nearly a bobbin full as of Wed. 19 November. I think the big difference is that the Louet Victoria has the Scotch tension. That is allowing more control over spin and the rate at which the fiber is drawn onto the bobbin.