Do you like my new bumper sticker? May you have a spooky, fun and treatful day!
Here are the fiber treats from Rhinebeck:
It was much easier to get to Grafton Fiber to pick up a batt than I thought it might be. Everyone was lined up at The Fold for STR, which made it fairly easy to get around the Grafton booth. I picked up a batt for Susan (she'd asked for an autumn colorway but I went with 'Fire!', which is my name for it). I also bought myself a batt in one of the strangest color combos I've seen. It has a bit of black, fuchsia, deeper shades of pink and a bit of a golden straw color. It should be interesting to spin and play with the colors.
This ball is Corriedale/silk from Stephania dyed with logwood and cochineal. Right after I bought the Golding I started to spin this luscious fiber and found that spinning with silk is different than anything I'd spun before. There is so much to learn about spindle spinning and wheel spinning (which I find to be two different animals-just sayin'). but it's enjoyable to learn more and more. The Golding spindle (Celtic Ring-2 3/4") spins on and on and I'm enjoying it's beauty.
Indigo Moon Farm had so many beautiful colors, but this one really spoke to me. It's two shades of turquoise with a pale purple line down one side. It will be interesting to watch it spin into yarn. The content is 50% alpaca/30% merino/20% silk. It is so incredibly soft.
Barnswallow Farms batts are soft and rich in color. This is Copper Rose and the content is LincolnX. It was so, so lovely and I just had to have three batts. This is another fiber I hope to be worthy enough (with much more practice) to spin (someday) on my newly acquired wheel.
This Fantom Farm Romney roving had so much depth in its unique color combination that I just had to buy it. It will be interesting to watch as I spin and ply, which I hope to do well enough to keep the colors separate or at least not blend them too much. The goal was to buy a variety of fiber content and colorways so that I could learn the characteristics of each type and fibure out the best way to spin it. This likely means a lot of learning by trial and error is in my future.
Jager Farms Icelandic lace weight singles drew my attention with its lively color. It was the only yarn that enticed me to break the 'no yarn' pledge. The lovley color, called 'Snapdragons', should make a warm and beautiful shawl. I also bought Blogless Val the same yarn in 'Apple Tree's. (Karen also got a gift of some beautiful roving.)
My last stop was Spinners Hill, where a large bag (over 1 lb) of a deep red, (with bits of black) fiber called out to me. It was so bulky (but very light) that Norma consented to send it to me (and it arrived yesterday). The goal of buying a variety of fiber was met and I was able to carry most of my purchases (and the wheel) home. Every time I sit to spin with any of this exquisite fiber I will think of my two days of fiber fun and frenzy at Rhinebeck.