Thursday, May 22, 2008

This playing with fiber thing is kind of fun...

Really fun, in fact, it's getting down right addicting. (EEEK)

Every year, in June, there is a magnificent "festival" in Eugene, Oregon - called the Black Sheep Gathering. It started over 25 years ago, when the editors of the "Black Sheep Newsletter" wanted to find a way to get fiber producers and fiber users together - (for more history info, click here ) John & I have tried to go when ever we could over the past ten years - it is fun to be able to see the different sheep, goats, bunnies, etc. - AND there is THE BEST vendor show - two big barns FULL of all kinds of trouble - Oh, I meant fiber and fiber related things to buy!

Well about three or four years ago, I bought this:

(Actually it all came stuffed into a paper sack. I had the presence of mind to separate it out into little baggies.)

Angora locks - dyed in the most divine jewel tones I had ever seen. At the time, I had no idea how I would ever use it (or process it for that matter) - but since then, I have added a set of hand carders to my toy collection. When I took the spinning class from Yvonne a couple of months ago, we experimented a little with hand carded fiber and I sat and watched one of the gals at spinner guild hand card a whole bunch of fleece last month.

So I decided I was READY!

Here is what I came up with - there is some pink and some burgandy hiding there someplace - it is like working with fluffy colored clouds - like holding a big handful of cotton candy. What fun.

So, I got some of it spun up and I plied it with this

And now it looks like this

The gals at work really liked it, however I suspect that they just didn't want to hurt my feelings. I'm going to make a purse out of it - found a neat pattern in one of the new crochet books I have been collecting. I'll keep you posted! (and I'm making my list of things that I want to bring back from Eugene THIS year.)


Kathy said...

WAY "COOL BEANS"!!!!! I am so delighted you tried this! WooHoo!

And I can hardly wait to see what I find at BSG!

Leigh said...

Tina, it's gorgeous! YUM! Beautiful spinning and beautiful colors. Well done!

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Your YARN is divine! That is so pretty! You've turned into quite the spinner, lady. Can't wait to meet you in person at BSG.

Tina T-P said...

Wow! Thank you to three of the spinner/fiber/knitter women whom I admire alot! I'm honored to have your praise :-) T.

vlb5757 said...

I love that you are going to make a purse from your handspun. I am just now knitting some of my spinning. I started with a scarf so I could work up the courage to do something more complicated. I can't wait to see your purse! One of these days, I am going to come to OR to go to the Black Sheep Gathering.

Sharon said...

Your yarn looks great and I think it would be perfect in a bag. I wonder if it will felt~

I need orange said...

Nice! Can't wait to see what you do with it.