This is the last weekend of our Summer Spin In. Be sure and post your finished object in our Ravelry threads and Instagram using #summerspinin2022 by September 5th.
I finished spinning the two 8 ounce braids I bought at Black Sheep Gathering. A Corriedale cross and 70/30 merino/silk. I have seven skeins (two ply of each single) and have about 1,790 yards/16.6 ounces. I think it is fingering weight or a very light sport.
Spinning: I have started spinning the Manx Loaghton again. I have spun 768 yards, or 15.2 ounces, of a 2 pound bag of roving. I’ve started spinning on this again. This spinning project is going to be in the works for a while.
Finished spinning and plying yarn from a black Shetland. This fleece was purchased in 2017 at the Monterey County Wool show. I got 1,290 yards out of 19 ounces.
I’ve continued carding the Wensleydale X Cormo from Black Sheep Gathering in 2016. On average the fiber is about 4 inches long and very fine. It isn’t carding up like a long wool at all. The staple length is longer than the Shetland, but the batts are super dense and puffy like a cormo or a merino would be. I won’t be spinning this right away since I need a break from spinning black yarn!
I'm still considering which of these blankets to make, but now I'm leaning toward the knitted Creeper.
From our listener Wendy:
“Hi there! Love your Podcast...you asked about my LYS...well, I live in New York but my favorite LYS is River City Yarns in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada...the owners, two sisters, (Barb and Cynthia) have been absolutely wonderful at creating, and maintaining, an amazing fiber community which has helped sustain its members throughout this pandemic. Most of us have never met and live thousands of miles apart...yet, we are friends....I will be forever grateful for friendship, the tutorials, knitting supplies, quick shipping and fiber information as well as the ongoing Monday evening Zoom meet-up. Check out their Podcast on YouTube. They deserve to be recognized.
They have online classes going almost every week with nationally recognized instructors, constant KALs and this summer they assisted with and participated in an online summer-long yarn store crawl wherein each Sunday 4 yarn stores are given 15 minutes each to introduce themselves and their specialty areas. Except for River City Yarns, all of the stores are located in the US. Through this program, I discovered a weaving supply shop in Texas; through which I placed and already received my first order... I've knit a lot of years and I've never seen store owners work this hard to inspire and motivate people.”
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Wool Show judging at the Monterey County Fairgrounds: Kelly attended the judging and tells us about the variety of fleeces she has her eye on when the auction takes place September 4th.
Marsha plans to attend Fiber Fest in the Valley
Started June 1 and goes until September 5. (US Labor Day)
If you are on Instagram use #summerspinin2022. You can also post in the Ravelry group.
We have a new prize of Gotland Yarn and Roving from Sarah Sousa of Wandering Fleece Fiber Mill in Massachusets. Check out her shop to see yarn, fiber, gifts and housewares.
- Shibui yarn hat kit donated by Dagmar (Dagger51)
- Alpaca sample fiber set from Cathy (Straightfork) and a pint of maple syrup from Cathy,
- A 3 ounce braid hand painted wool/flax blend in the colorway Key West by Purple Fleece from Sarah (Salpal1)
- Fleeber Farms Breed Study Sampler from Marsha (betterinmotion)