Here is a little photo gallery of all of the Module yarns from One to Seven in order. Enjoy.
Mod 1 – Basic Go To Yarn
Mod 2 – Chain yarn
Module 1 yarn is my Basic Go To Yarn that I spin easily without thinking.
Module 2 is a Chain yarn made up of 4 plys.
Mod 3 – Gimp Spiral yarn
Mod 4 – Beaded Spiral yarn
Mod 3 is a Gimp Spiral. One ply is 50% smaller than the other ply.
Mod 4 is a Beaded Spiral. Beads are fresh water pearls strung on a silk thread.
Module 5 – 4 Variation Spiral
1. Basic Spiral
2. Spiral with extra tension on one ply to make it a stronger spiral
3. Beaded Spiral
4. Super Coil almost core spun extreme spiral
Mod 5 yarn
Module 6 – Basic Go To Yarn revamped
Changes: 2 plys spun even, thinner and tighter. One silk ply with garnet seed pearl beads. Silk ply trapped between two merino plys to correct a previous problem of silk ply loosening off and beads getting caught and broken out of yarn
Mod 6 yarn
Module 7 – Slubby Flame Spiral
One ply tight, even and thin. One ply wild, slubby with huge changes between thick and thin. Fat uneven ply spiraled around tight ply to create a balanced strong and fluffy yarn
Mod 7 yarn
As promised, here is my Module Seven Yarn photos. I spun these several weeks ago and just managed to get some photos taken this week. Also of note, is that I spun Module Six in the morning and Module Seven in the evening. Two totally different and unique yarns which required two widely different styles of spinning and plying techniques. Make sure you see Mod 6 yarns as well.
I used the same 15.5 Micron Merino commercially prepared combed top in white. I spun one ply a bit finer than usual with a bit more twist and evenness than usual. I spun the other ply with throwing it at the wheel. I spun slubs, thin bits, thick bits….anything I could to make the texture wild and crazy. I plyed the thick slubby wild single spirally around the thin even tightly controlled one to get a lovely slub flame spiral yarn. This is super soft and a very comforting sort of yarn but still has strength due to the tight controlled spun single.
This completes the spinning portion of my course with seven stunning yarns all created from the same 15.5 micron Merino commercial prepared combed top in white.
My focus in this course was creating the seven yarns using the same prep and wool in the same white color while creating 7 obviously unique and different textured yarns due to the ply structure and spinning technique only. It was a challenge that I set for myself and I think I achieved it.
Now for the preparation that will be Module 8 and constructing a final project that will use some of all seven yarns in the final item. Stay tuned because I have a fantastic final project planned. It will involve circular weaving, rigid heddle weaving, wet felting, free form crochet and a lot of creativity.
I have had my Module Six yarn spun now for several weeks but hadn’t taken any photographs of it. I know….I was slow. It is a 2+ ply hand spun yarn of the 15.5 Micron Merino. Natural white with a 3rd ply if you want to call it that which is a silk thread with garnet seed pearls strung on it.
I have spun some beaded spirals in the course but was having troubles with the merino shrinking and fulling a bit in the setting process with the silk thread staying the same. The end result was that the thread hung loose with the beads on it and would get caught and break…. losing beads. This made the yarn super fragile. I wanted to make my usual go to yarn that is a medium weight 2 ply, mostly evenish.
I decided to spin the 2 singles a little bit finer and try for a much more even yarn with a tad bit more twist in the final plying to give it more strength than usual. I trapped the silk thread with the garnet seed beads on it in between the two merino plys to give it some added strength. I was going for a 2+ ply that was 2 plys for strength and softness, and 1 ply for bling and character.
I do not usually spin fine or even like this so this was rather outside my comfort zone. Probably not even in the room where my box was….that is was soooo far out my box. I am over the moon pleased with this yarn. I really like it. I spun the Mod 6 yarn in the morning and the Mod 7 yarn in the evening. They are two very different-night and day yarns even though spun from the same white 15.5 micron merino wool. Look for Mod 7 yarn coming soon.
I have seen something super weird outside in the bark and one of my garden beds in the last few days. Some weird fungus perhaps? At first when I saw it, it looked just like a bright sunflower yellow dusting like some pollen.
But that night around 1 am when I was outside checking on the goats, I noticed it again. It had changed. Greatly!! It had swelled up over 4 times its original size, puffed up big like yeasty dough rising and swelled. Creepy. The next morning I was curious and looking at it as again I was stunned by the changes.
It was still a bit puffy but not as big as during the night. It dried out, turned a pale beige color and looked all crusty. I had two spots in the driveway.
Two days later, I noticed another small dusting on one of the pine logs in the wood pile. I checked it out last night again in the dark around midnight and it was swelling to huge sizes again and still that brilliant yellow. And now….you guessed it. EWWWW!! Creepy.
Squee….yahoo! WoolWench aka Suzy, blogs at various locations. This time she was on the Fibery Goodness Blog and she did a posting about the various Fiber Sponsors for the Journey to the Golden Fleece Award online spinning course that both WoolWench (Suzy) and Spin Artiste (Arlene) have created and are currently teaching. Alba Ranch was just added as one of the Fiber Sponsors and the discount code for course participants is in the members only forum. Course participants get a 15% discount!! AND WoolWench blogged about ALBA RANCH. Yayness!
Module 1 yarn panel woven and free form crochet
I love what she said about Alba Ranch as well as her feelings about one of my hands down favorite fibers to spin which is the 15.5 micron merino. I consider this THE luxury fiber to spin as well, very classic, very luxury. I have been selling this fiber for a while but never allowed myself the opportunity to spin it until I started this course. Part way through Module One, I decided that ALL my modules would be created from this one special fiber left in its classic white color. So my personal challenge has been all about using the same fiber, prepared as a commercial combed top, in its natural white and getting 7 very different yarns all down to the spinning and plying techniques. Whew this has been a challenge. With them all being the same color and fiber, the only way to make them different is really to spin completely different yarns. Some of these various structures have been super fun and the fiber has worked well with them.
Mod 5 panel woven and free form crochet
A few were more of a challenge and the resulting yarn has been great but I might choose a different fiber in the future for that specific yarn style. It has been a serious learning challenge that I had no idea what I was getting into when I came up with this crazy brilliant plan. HA!!
If you want to read the blog posting and see all the wonderful sponsors for the Journey to the Golden Fleece award go here to read all about us.
I am off out into the woods to sort out all the goats, dogs and cats along with various plants and trees. a “ranch goddess” work is NEVER done.