Monday, January 31, 2011

Spinning my Wheel!

I recently had a great opportunity to visit with friends in NE Ohio for a little fiber retreat (more here). Although I have recently been more in the mood for felting, that quickly changed as I was introduced to carding art batts and spinning art yarns at the retreat.
My friends Donna and Robbie have The Alpaca Fiber Studio in Chagrin Falls, where they create incredible yarns, dyed fibers, and felted products, as well as teaching classes in spinning. They are great teachers and got me excited about using my carder to produce colorful and unique batts for spinning and felting.
The coolest yarn I've ever produced was this skein of coiled yarn. It was tedious to spin, but using multicolored roving made it more fun as the combinations changed each time I added a coil. I just keep looking at it and thinking of the possibilities for using this in felt or as trim on knitted works. The thing I loved best about spinning art yarns? NO RULES, no "you're supposed to do it this way." That's my style.... and if I can do it, so can YOU!

5 comments:

Andy and Deb said...

Any chance of a tutorial on how to do this???? And I may just hold you and Kaylin to that retreat in Kentucky idea..lol

Loco Lindy said...

Hey Deb, would love to show you but it's a bit complicated to put in a tutorial I think! You'll just have to come and see in person...

Heather Woollove said...

Oh, Lindy---I love this yarn SO much!!! (It's funny that you were in Chagrin Falls...I grew up about 30 minutes from there!) XXO-

Katie said...

I need to visit your farm! Our farm is in Eubank Ky and we have only had our alpacas for about 9 months. I need to pick your brain some if you wouldnt mind=) kburton316@yahoo.com

Loco Lindy said...

You would be more than welcome to schedule a visit, Katie!