Golden Lemon Lock Spun Textured Yarn

Golden Lemon Lock Spun Textured Yarn

Golden Lemon Lock Spun Textured Yarn. New and just listed in the shop.

Golden Lemon Textured Art Yarn

This particular colorway is subtle and gentle gold. I hand dyed these locks using the Greener Shades Dyes. There are Leicester Longwool, Teeswater, and Border Leicester x Gotland locks mixed in this blend. The Border Leicester x Gotland locks in particular are a crisper more defined lock that has created a lot more curls in this handspun yarn.

Look at those curls and texture

I really like the texture of this handspun. A bit crisp and still soft makes for a very interesting textured yarn.

Golden Lemon Textured Art Yarn

I kept several partial skeins for myself to use in some weavings. I can’t wait to play with this lock spun yarn.

Golden Lemon Textured Art Yarn

This is the first colorway I spun completely on the vintage Louet S71 Single Treadle spinning wheel I picked up about 6 weeks ago. It sure was fun to spin this art yarn. I know it will look wonderful in your next project. Go HERE to get some while it is in stock.

Wild Flower Textured Yarn Now in the Shop

Wild Flower Textured Yarn Now in the Shop

I just listed a new art yarn colorway in the shop. I have been working on this colorway for a while now.

Wild Flower Textured Art Yarn

The inspiration of this homespun yarn was a giveaway in honor of Honey bees and Beekeepers. It reminded me of the Wild Flowers that bees use to create honey.

On the spinning wheel

The dominant color through out the handspun yarn is honey, gold, and greens in various shades with small bits of yellow and orange. This represents the bees and their honey. There are pops of pink and white with a little pale purple and blues here and there to represent the wild flowers in a field.

Closer view of Wild Flower Textured Art Yarn

This yarn has so much texture and color. It is a Super Bulky weight, a textured yarn that is very workable on a set of needles for knitting and hooks for crochet. It would also be wonderful for use in textured weaving. I can picture this woven into a shawl, scarf or a wall hanging.

In fact, here is a scarf I wove using Honey color yarns that I dyed and a partial skein of this textured yarn. Look at the wonderful texture and contrast with the smooth lace weight yarns. So much fun.

Wild Flower Honey Art Yarn Scarf

Use it as the main art yarn in your piece or as an edging or accent for effect. Listed in the shop now and avaiable for purchase.

What is my favorite wheel to spin yarn?

What is my favorite wheel to spin yarn?

What is my favorite wheel for spinning yarn? Does it have to be one? It really does vary depending on what weight of yarn I want to spin, where I want to spin, and what will be happening around me.

Goddess ready to spin fluff and fiber

I was asked recently what wheel was my favorite so far after embarking on a major test driving of many different wheels with various types of tension systems. I replied this:

It really depends WHAT I am spinning, WHY, and WHERE.

Art yarn production….hands down Ashford JUMBO E spinner.

Ashford JUMBO E Spinner

Demo out in public for a festival where I am spinning locks for a long time, stopping and starting a lot…..Ashford Country Spinner 1. CS1.

Ashford Country Spinner 1 at a demo festival

Putzy for fun on my own or a spin circle locally for an hour or 2…bulky to thin….a vintage Louet.

Vintage Louet S70

Putzy but feeling funky and weird…spinning for an hour or 2….Moswolt M1. Medium to Bulky.

Moswolt M1

Hanging at home and spinning super fine…I prefer a supported spindle.

Goddess, nostepin, and companion

So what weight of yarn, where you want to spin, as in carry or move it far, all that does matter.

The single most common thing of all these wheels is that they are all simple tension and 1 or 2 speeds. Bobbin led or Irish tension for all of them.

Lockspinning on a Ashford CS1

If you want to spin most all weights of yarn but probably won’t do production yarn spinning, still want a portable wheel and don’t require bobbins to hold 2-3 pds of fiber at once….. You will need a versatile wheel.

If you do want to spin both fine and bulky capabilities…. I think I would suggest a Louet. If you are like me and prefer antiques or traditional looking wheels, try hunting for an older style. Maybe you would like a Louet S70 as much as I do.

Vintage Louet S70

A Louet is the most versatile out of the box with no extras wheel. Simple tensioning, uncomplicated wheels, accessories to spin fine or bulky if you want more past their regular accessories, and still portable and sturdy.

Most important….a Louet will NOT break the bank while you are learning and are easy enough to even pick up second hand. Parts are easy to get and not very many working parts to break to start with.

I am not a distributor for any dealer, so my suggestions are based on spinning a lot of wheels and seeing many comments of other people about their wheels and frustrations they have while spinning.

All of those wheels, I just sit down and spin without much fuss. Just how I like it.

Leicester Longwool Sheep at Alba Ranch

Leicester Longwool Sheep at Alba Ranch

The Leicester Longwool Sheep have arrived. Just a handful for fiber since I have become enamoured with spinning Leicester locks.

CVM and BFL Lockspun Textured Art Yarn

CVM and BFL Lockspun Textured Art Yarn

Do you remember this CVM and BFL Lockspun Textured Art Yarn?

CVM and BFL Lockspun Art Yarn

Well that yarn is now this…..

CVM and BFL Lockspun Scarf

First Ever Salida Fiber Art Festival

The first ever Salida Fiber Art Festival is next weekend.  September 8 and 9, 2012.  I have to have all my things ready to put in the booth on Friday, September 7.  My sister is coming in to Colorado Springs tomorrow night and it will be her first time in Colorado.  She is also bringing her daughter, Isadora, who is 5 months old and flying for the first time.  First time for both in extreme altitude, first time for these two city girls to be out in the backwoods of the mountains, so very many firsts in the next week or two!!!

I decided to specialize in Lincoln Long Wool Locks in small quantities for spinners and felters and hand painted and hand dyed yarns this year.  Our guild has a double fiber booth so many members are putting things in the booth for sale.  I may consider doing a booth on my own in the future but I would have to buy the tent, sand bags, set up the tables and be there for the entire fiber festival which at this time I just can not manage with my health.  There is no reason I can’t participate in my guild’s booth because if all the members did their own booth, our Guild booth would be rather empty.

Hand Painted Lincoln Long Wool

I have hand painted Lincoln Locks, solar dyed Lincoln locks, natural colored or white lightly washed Lincoln Locks, and some of the white Lincoln locks raw.  There will be much to choose from. The dyeing of the Lincoln Long Wool Locks is already done.

Solar Dyed Lincoln Long Wool

I have 36 200 yd skeins of 60/40 Merino/Mohair 2 ply lace weight yarn.  This fiber was grown here on Alba Ranch and I had the mill blend the two fibers into this yarn.  Merino wool came from  White Mama and the other crazy white merino.  And the Mohair came from Michelle, Lucy, and Sammi.  That is a grandmother, mother and wether Angora Goat Family.

Sammi, Angora Goat

I also have 21 200 yd skeins of 2 ply spider lace weight (28 WPI) skeins of pure Angora Rabbit yarn as well.  All 57 of these skeins I am hand painting today.

I have those skeins plus 6 other skeins already dyed to make 63 skeins of yarn.  I will have 40-50 individual bags of Lincoln Long wool locks.  I have to tag and price every single one by Friday.  I think my sister will be pressed into hard labor to help finish these!!  haha

Any of the yarns and locks that I do not sell in the Fiber Festival, I will upload to the Alba Ranch Shop Online as I haven’t added any new products recently.  I have been too busy creating to do computer work.  I am off now to the dye pot or I will never finish today.  Blog writing is NOT getting any dyeing done!!