Friday, November 4, 2011

Fiber Arts Friday ~ Ta Da

I did it.....I did first coil yarn!  I must admit it seems I got a little carried away on spinning my singles.  By the time I used up my batt and most of Wonder Whys batt, I had 2 1/2 bobbins filled.  So I plied......and plied.......and plied.... hoping to get it all on my jumbo bobbin.  Wrong!!!... I still have 1 full bobbin left.

The nice thing about having spun that much helped me get a good rhythm going for making the coils.  The down took me 2 1/2 hours to do the plying.
 6.7 oz and 160 yds 
In these close up pics, you can see I have various sizes of coils.  Not actually the look I was wanting but now I have a better understanding of how I should spin my thick and thin singles.  Some were to small and some to large but I love how the two separate colored batts helped give extra pops of color to the finished yarn.
                           mostly my batt                                                                                Andrea's batt

I don't have the last bobbin plied yet because my husband volunteered our services for the MIAF Alpaca show last weekend held at the Delta Plex in Walker.   We worked in the South West Michigan Alpaca Association booth with Tim and Jane Talbot/Grand Alpaca Company talking about alpacas, our organization and spinning. 
Nope, this is not a pic of Tim and's my husband, Jim and Jane taken by Tim. Tim seems to be one of those behind the scenes people.  We didn't get 1 picture of him the entire weekend.
It was amazing how many people I spoke with about spinning over these two days.  You can see my coil spun yarn peeking out next to the pumpkin.  It turned out to be a favorite with the ladies....I could have sold it 20 times over before the weekend was out.  Just goes to show I might be headed in the right direction with the art yarn.

Since art yarn spinning takes my full concentration, I decided I'd better take something mindless so I could spin and talk at the same time.  I took a blend of Suri, Silk and Merino which I spun thin so I can have a fingering yarn when it's plied. I started with 3.5 oz and got it all spun but haven't decided if I'm going to ply it back on itself or with something else. I'll have to wait for inspiration to strike.

Beautiful Suri's from Wind Walker Ranch in Middleville

It seems I've been a little spinning crazy the last two weeks.  This last pic is of the new "kids" on the farm.......
Jim traded an alpaca fiber boy for these two pygora boys.  Oh boy, oh boy...... new fiber to learn about!

 Happy Fiber Arts Friday!!


  1. Your coils look great.

    I have to say that while I find the construction of coiled yarn intriguing and want to give it a try, I still don't know what I would use it for. So I'm especially curious to see what you make with it. :-)

  2. Your yarn is beautiful...of course, it has to be with a bit of Wonder in it;-) Just kidding, seriously, your yarns are beautiful and I love how your coils turned out. Now you need to knit with them. I have a project in mind for my coils.

    I can't wait to come over and visit Amos and Andy in person.

  3. Ok, those coils are awesome. Love, love, love the colors. Keep that art yarn spinning up!

    And I think pygoras are super cute.

  4. What is it about wool animals that just makes me want to squee!!!! Can't wait to see what comes from the kids!

  5. Suri, Silk, and merino? How luxurious!

  6. Your coils look great-I love doing coiled yarn-it works up great in woven scarves where the coils really pop.

  7. Melissa, you'd asked about cabled yarns over on my blog ... I hunted up an old post from Tour de Fleece where I described it. If you're still interested, it's at

    As always, thanks for the visit!

  8. Awesome coils! I thought the Alpaca Expo was great fun. I got a chance to see a few friends and some beautiful animals. Like you, I managed to get a pic of Jane but not Tim...he's an illusive man.