Friday, September 16, 2011

Fiber Arts Friday ~ Spinning project

Recently I talked with some ladies from a local spinning guild and was told they were doing a challenge called "spinning with a purpose".  They are all spinning up yarn for a knit a long they will be starting in January.  One of them had the newly published book knit, Swirls! and they were picking out which one of the patterns they wanted to make.  If you haven't had a chance to see this book, you need to check it out.   The photo's are stunning!

This conversation made me realize I had not spun for a very long time with a project in mind.  The last couple of years I've spun with the intent to sell the finished yarn and during the Tour de Fleece, I devoted my time to learning to spin art yarns. 

So this week I went through my patterns and found, Stripe Your Fancy by Alexandra Tinsley.  I love the look of this shawl and thought it would knit up well in hand spun.  In August, I purchased a Patrick Green Big Batt carder so I decided I might just as well mix up my own blend as well.
This batt is a mixture of suri, merino, silk and white angelina in colors of brown, beige, white, pink, purple, mauve and eggplant.  
Once I had this done, I decided to card a companion batt using more pink tones of fiber as well as lots angelina in pink, purple and dusty mauve for additional bling bling.
My plan is to spin the two into seperate singles and then ply them together.

I started spinning on Wednesday and tonight several of us are meeting for dinner and a night filled with laughter and spinning fun.
Thanks for stopping by......Happy Fiber Arts Friday!!


  1. ooooh, I can't wait to see this pretty yarn in person.

  2. That pattern is as beautiful as you described! Your fiber is really beautiful, I love how it's spinning up! I have a sweater I want to knit, maybe I'll join you in your spin to knit project.

  3. The Swirl Sweaters have made a couple of appearances in my knitting group. They are both flattering and figure-forgiving which I like very much.

    Your batts and yarn are lovely. Earthy and feminine at the same time. I'm looking forward to seeing how this project progresses. :-)

  4. Ooo, shiney! I like a little sparkle in my yarn occasionally. That's an interesting looking pattern. I bet it will be awesome.