All Kinds of Spinning Going On

Some of these pictures have been languishing in my camera for a couple of weeks, but I want to show you what’s been going on around here.  First my Beginning Spinning class at the Thorntown (Indiana) Public Library.  This class is the 1st Thursday of every month from 6-8PM.

beginning spinners

Four students and all doing very well.  The two in the back are a week ahead of the two in front and are working on plying the singles they spun as homework.  The two in front are learning the ropes (yarns?) and were doing quite well at it.  I look forward to showing them how to ply on April 2nd.  The two in back have homework to spin a colorful single so they can Navajo ply it.  Fun!!

pat's first cable pattern

At this past Tuesday night’s Advance Spinning Class at Starstruck Cat Studio, Pat showed off her very first cable project – Bonnie’s Wish shawl.  Yes, that shawl with the cables all over it?  How she learned how to do cables.  I should mention that Pat is very ambitious!!

Bonnie's Wish upclose

This is a close-up of the center segment of Pat’s shawl.  She has every right to be proud of this.

Pat's purple cowl

Another show-&-Tell from Pat is this cowl that she spun the yarn for.  The fiber is from Ohio Valley Natural Fibers and it has some sparkle in it, even though you can’t tell in the picture.  It’s for her daughter’s birthday.  Lucky daughter!!!

Brenda and Pat had two lessons that night.  Brenda had cable-plied before, but it had been a long time.  Pat had never made a cabled yarn, so their homework for this class was to bring two 2-plied yarns with each of the singles being a different color.

pat's 1st cable ply1

Pat’s on the bobbin.

pat's 1st cable ply2

Pat’s in a skein.  Lovely!!

Brenda's cable ply

Brenda’s in a skein.  Love the colors!!

Brenda's beaded yarn swatch

Brenda’s swatch with the beaded yarn.  Sweet little green beads add some sparkle to this lacy swatch.

And I have been doing a little spinning before going to bed.  The three spindles I have going are:


This is a mixed-fiber single from a dizzed-off batt created by my class back in November’s “How to Buy a Fleece and What to Do with It When You Get It Home.”  I’m actually done with this, now and just need to wind it into a center-pull ball and ply it together.  I love the colors in this and think I’d like to recreate it for something bigger.


Some Kool-Ade dyed BFL being spun on one of the consignment spindles from Dyed in the Wool.  Man, this thing spins like a dream and I am loving the yarn this is making.  There is enough here to make something when I get it all spun up – something like wristies or something.


And this is some of the Double-Coated Shetland that Dyed in the Wool sells.  I am so in love with this stuff.  I think I will spin up enough for some fingerless mitts for myself.  Definitely ones with a lacy pattern on the back of the hand.

Whew!  All caught up, now!

One Response

  1. DelightedHands Says:

    I love it when my fiber friend gets to share fiber work! Beautiful!

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