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Melissa Halvorson/Year of the Goat/2.24.08   Sandy Ryan/Homestead Wool & Gift Farm 2.10.08

When the sheep and I sat down and planned a yarn for the Circle the Wagons yarn challenge (which we did not make the deadline for because they were bickering too much) we decided that we would put together a fun yarn!

The yarn includes several of our sheep's fiber and a bonanza (ha) of other goodies including silk noil, firestar and more. I spun the first ply bulky and soft, with my grandmother Emma's Crazy Quilts in mind. Her colors were art in themselves and she made them with the material she had--much like I imagine a pioneer woman would. Bright and cheerful for a looooonng trip.

I plied the yarn on my quill spinner so we could add in some cute vintage looking Cracker Jack prize charms. You know, things you would pack on a wagon with all your valuables - a cowboy hat and boots, a guide with a sombrero, toys for the kids, your dogs, pots and pans; toothpaste (dentures), watch out for bears, and of course the ply is a pretty green yarn that sticks out like, well grass--have to have that for your horses! SO, this will be an adventure to spin, was just as fun to spin--the sheep can really be pushy but we managed!


This is Merino in several shades of blue and green with a shot of silk. I got the fibre from Santa Claus, via Wingham Wool Work, and made it into a bright and bouncy 3-ply.
I've been spinning on a wheel for about six months now, so I'm having a brilliant time discovering how much I've got to learn, not least by ogling the exhibits in The Yarn Museum.
  Linda Koch/Altered Visions 2.3.08

Cotswold locks that remind of the wonderful Summer sunsets here in Ohio! The yarn is spun from locks dyed by my friend HollyEQQ and spun in a single strand of texture and curls throughout. I love spinning!! I especially love to spin locks.
  Marie-Christine Gosse/1.27.08   Penny Lane/1.20.08

This is "Jamming"

A tribute yarn to Bob Marley. The yarn was spun with the dreads over twisted and pulled out. Then it was felted. It is in need of a good home and a plate of warm home baked brownies.
  HollyEqq/1.13.08   Miz Violet/1.6.08

496 yards of sock-weight handspun made from 4 oz. of "Jackie O" from Cider Moon. It was one of those rovings that you just kind of *had to have*, even when there's no real end use for it in mind. (A lot of my stash is like this. It's scary.)

It's superwash Merino that just wanted to be sock weight. So I obliged.

  Adrian Bizilia/Hello Yarn 12.30.07   Jessica/In Hope 12.16.07

This little yarn tower is called Knit Mix Up. It is made from about 5 yards of about 15 different types of yarns I have made in the past. Sometimes I start knitting something up or spinning it and just change my mind 10 minutes into it.

Since I can never make up my mind, I thought it would be fun to create a yarn to express that. Because, after all, I am a girl and it is alright for me to keep changing my mind ; )
  Cyn from Guttersnipe/12.9.07
No website yet--hopefully next year. I've been spinning under a year.

This skein was made for a friend that used to live in Roswell, NM and now works as an EMT in a freezer plant in Texas and needed something to keep him warm. It's black Merino mixed with a green batt from Peculiar Ambitions (which
wonderfully glows under black light.) I added alien beads and
glow-in-the-dark stars and plied it with glow-in-the-dark thread. The alien beads and star were a pain--always catching the yarn, but it was a fun playful yarn to spin. It's always fun to spin something that most of my fashionable conservative friends might not wear--It creates a challenge.
  Sherre Wichmann/12.2.07

My Ashford Traditional spinning wheel and myself have been in a relationship for two years. Why I was so determined to spin my own yarn, I can't really say. I hated drop spindle, but the idea of a the simple technology of a spinning wheel seemed like heaven after a day's work of having my brain scrambled by PCs crashing, network glitches, and software lockups.

A spinning wheel is not simple. It is sublime. There is a sweet spot when the operator, the yarn type, and the wheel are in a Zen-like synchronization. When that happens, yarn flies out your hand. When that doesn't happen, the scotch tension snaps, the spindle falls on the floor, the drive belt goes slack as it pops off the wheel - total hardware crash. As it turns out the only technological difference between a PC and a spinning wheel, is that for a spinning wheel the 'Blue Screen of Death' is what is streaming out of my mouth. However rocky my relationship with my wheel has been, I know and love every quirk.
  Brenda Vance/Split Rock Ranch/11.25.07

Fruit Salad Eyelash Yarn

I handdyed 100% domestic 56s wool roving in golds, burgundy and oranges. Then I kettle dyed some beautiful Border Leicester locks in the same colors. The colors remind me of ripe fruits - apples, banana, pineapples, papaya, mango, melon, persimmon, pomegranate, etc.

I spun a wool roving singles and a BL locks singles then encased intact BL locks as I plied the two singles. Making this yarn was an absolute blast!!! These yarns would be perfect for that special touch on a hand knitted or crocheted garment - trim on a pair of gloves, a hat band for a felted wool hat (add buttons, shells, leather, beads, etc. for additional texture and interest), a neck band on a sweater...
  Aimee Knerr/Pancake and Lulu/11.18.07

"Ozma" Gypsy Yarn
Merino wool with many other fibers/yarns spun in.
  Stephanie Gorin/Loop/11.11.07

This yarn was very much inspired by my experience in October at Camp Pluckyfluff with Lexi Boeger. I have a shop on Etsy where I sell fun drum-carded batts for spinners and some of my handspun yarn. But, I end up spending most of my time carding. So, I went to Camp Pluckyfluff to get myself back to the wheel. Lexi is awesome and was such an inspiration! I've been spinning like crazy ever since her workshop. This skein was so much fun to create- the first of many more I'm sure! Thanks Lexi!!!

Green Apple
Handpainted angora goat locks plied with rayon scrap
  Christine Schwartz/Maxabelle Fibers/10.28.07

Alpaca plied with thread with Lincoln locks.
  Ann-Marie MacKay/The Chick with Sticks/10.21.07   Ze' daLuz/KnitZy/10.7.07

The handpainted mohair curls were kind of expensive - I bought them at a fiber guild show in Kansas City, but NOW I wish I had bought more! It turned out so beautiful! I just spun it up and plied it together, nothing else but pure, heavy mohair.
  Linda Scharf/Stoneleafmoon/9.30.07

In the Village of the Mermaids
Wool, silk, Ingeo, sparkle

I love spinning from batts that I card up. One never knows exactly what will result! I wanted to spin up a really thick and soft yarn that had lots of color changes throughout the skein. Most of the time, I'm trying to create a painting with a yarn, one that is as satisfying as a painting to look at, and has all the qualities that makes my eye move over a surface and luxuriate in color and texture.
  Naomi Ryono/Knottynaomi/9.23.07

This single was spun from a merino/tencel blend dyed by Eling, of Traveling Rhinos.
  Juaquetta Holcomb/GardenPartyFibers/9.16.07

At the Albuquerque hot air balloon fiesta many of the balloons are the golden yellow with red New Mexico colors, and there is turquoise everywhere. New Mexico is the 'Land of Enchantment'. I could not wait to get home and dye a new Lincoln wool fleece and mohair with many different shades of yellow, gold, red and turquoise to spin this yarn.
  Christie Perry/Lotus Designs/9.9.07

I've been spinning for about a year now. This skein is scrap spun and plied onto itself. There's a little bit of everything in it, Merino, tussah, Romney, bamboo and glitteries! This is one that I just fell in love with and find my self looking at. I call it Santa Cruz because of the colors and because I love it as much as the town I miss.:)

  Shannon Herrick/The Spun Monkey Fiber Shoppe/9.2.07

She's made from handpainted targhee, spun super-bulky thick and thin with bits of grass green recycled sari silk and sunshine yellow sparkle, then plied with purple thread and lots of pretty paper flowers. These are the colors one craves to feast the eyes on after a long, frigid, 9 cords o' wood burnin' Vermont winter.
  Faun Donald/Red Button Tree/8/26/07   Tea/Tea's Spinning Memo/8.19.07   Lynn Wigell/The Yarn Wench/8.12.07

Plum Curry

This yarn is composed of hand-dyed, handspun Falkland wool, angelina, hand-dyed Romney locks, and many commercial novelties plied up coily around a copper thread. These are some of my favorite yarns to create.

I used to be a weaver and my weavings were a very textural compilation of various fibers. These yarns are a way for me to express and achieve that same look in a single yarn.

  Ayako/My treasure is jin-musk-ten and Knit!!/8.5.07   Lisa E/7.29.07

I spin for sanity. I spin for solace. I spin because I love to create beauty with my own two hands. I am an artist deep down in my soul. This is just one of my outlets for my creativity.


This is Slumber's all hand-dyed except the blue Merino. The rest is
100 % Blue Faced Leicester...this yarn was inspired by teenage pillowfight pajama this case a pink dress and some hair pulling!! Large bits of pillow fluff...maybe even a ribbon or two....lots of clouds and co-spun a bit here and there with cotton thread...did I mention hair pulling?

  Cheryl Reed/7.15.07

These yarns are from a Study Group that designed yarns to transition from one color into another. Each pair of skeins complete a transition. The fiber is mainly wool with highlights of silk, alpaca and lurex. Most were knit into scarves. The pink to blue is now a capelet.

Three sets are mine; the orange to white is designed by Colette Sacksteder. A study group multiplies your creativity.
  Naomi/Itodama/7.8.07   Adrian Bizilia/HelloYarn/7.1.07   Kate Cannon/6.24.07

Here is my first try at inclusion yarn I have been spinning for over a year and a half now and I love to spin.
  Taeko Yamashita/Horoscope Mura/6.17.07   Carolyn Dean/TheFlyingEwe/6.10.07

This skein of yarn instantly became my personal favorite! I handdyed wool/mohair roving in the same pot as very long cotswold locks. I spun them together into a multi toned lash yarn of russets, olives, chestnuts, and golds. I am combining this skein with others and plan on knitting either a delicious wrap or poncho in totally warm autumn hues.
  Britta Cruz/DreamlandArt/6.3.07   Elle/VintageK/5.27.07

Queen..which is a mystery fiber in hues of pinks. It is spun thick'n thin with coils and bits of silk fibers.
  Zoe Ashton-Worsnop/HelloMango/5.20.07

The Yarn: The aliens are coming, and this time they are in yarn form!
This yarn is hand-dyed merino and clumps of black hairy mohair. Also full of shiny silver angelina sparkle!
I love wool. I have a passion for fluff and sparkle. Colour is my specialty. Things that go round and round fascinate me. Being creative is part of my makeup. I love spinning.
  Stacey Budge/UrbanGypZ Handspun/5.13.07

Wool, mohair, recycled silk plied with nylon and mohair novelty yarn and variegated weaver yarn string with hand carved bone beads.
  Natasha Fialkov/luxe./5.6.07

This yarn is superwash Merino with a bazillion different kinds of locks spun in. One yarn is plied for more texture, the other is just the locks. they are hand dyed in different shades of pinks and purples and natural shiny kid locks.

  Lynn Stallone/Fuzzy Fibers/4.29.07

This reminds me of a cold winter day! Spun thick to thin; Coopworth and Merino wool. Plyed with a shimmering royal blue thread. Very soft and cuddly!!
  Holly Braddock/Oceans of Fiber/4.22.07

Grass - Award winning alpaca fleece with tufts of alpaca to stick out after knitted.

Sue Brady/SnailSpirals/4.15.07

100% tussah silk laceweight, spun worsted, short draw
70 wraps per inch, just under 10,000 yards per pound
Spinning laceweight is always an exercise in patience, always worth it.

  Julie O'Neil/Flawful Fibers & Yarns/4.8.07

Yarn Titled: "Highland Heather"
I call my fibers and yarns "Flawful" because it is those little imperfections that make each unique!

I was really in the dumps, needed something to brighten me up, so of course I turned to spinning to do that. And grabbed the brightest roving I had, some superwash merino in an awesome reds colorway. Oh yes, that did the trick, by the time I was done spinning and plying this up I was a happy camper again. Haven't made anything with the yarn either, just keep it around to pet, admire, and put a smile on my face.
  Dharia McGrew/SkeintilyClad/3.25.07

Bluefaced Leicester that i dyed and spun last year. I called it "Tuscan Sunflower" because it reminded me of that region.
  Glenna Chumbley/Charka Fiber Book/3.18.07

The Tussah silk is charkha spun and Navajo plied (3ply).
There are 1,188 yards on this skein and it is set at about 30wpi.
  Grace Little/3.11.07

Is there anything more hypnotic than a beautifully dyed, steadily spun swirl of rainbowed Romney? Someday I may be able to knit with it, but for now I'm happy just gazing into it.
  Freyalynn Close-Hainsworth/3.4.07

This yarn, which hasn't been used yet but will probably be socks, is a two ply - the coloured stuff is my dyed Sockstuff (80/20 wool/nylon) and the grey is a roving I had processed from a grey Jolly fleece (Jacob x Polwarth) with a small amount of kid mohair.

This is it hanging up to dry from its initial washing - the colour gradation is clearer in the ball, which is in the pile of bags of yarn next to my knitting chair at the moment. This is in an attempt to get lots of knitting done for Christmas, but all it's done so far is provide an adventure playground for the cats and puppy.
  Tracie Lampe/Lampe's Lumps/2.25.07 relationship to spinning, Well it's my peace of mind in a world of chaos, it's what makes me feel worthy of existence. It's the one thing that when you tell someone you hand spin yarn they say huh? And I like to make people say huh!
  Caroline Foty/KnitMe/2.18.07

This is a skein of handspun 3-ply Bluefaced Leicester in a colorway called 'Treasure' that came from a dyer no longer in business. It's one of 4 skeins. The 3 ply (navajo) was chosen to preserve the long color runs - when I was spinning the singles, I was getting these long runs so I decided to try and keep them. Bluefaced Leicester is my favorite fiber to spin! I've been spinning for about 3 years.
  Cindy A. Cole/StudioLoo/2.11.07

This yarn is called Winter Flora. It is yummy merino and tencel in shades of blue plied all bumpy with copper thread and silk flowers.
  Amy Shimel/Amy's Babies/2.4.07   Jenny Turco at Bee’s Knees Knitting/1.28.07

Hand-dyed, handspun soft mystery wool and mohair. Spun in a fun combination with sections of iridescent crystal sequins, pink beaded satin ribbon, and pink, purple and ecru organdy flowers with faux pearl centers.

This is my Janie yarn. I carded some fiber batts and then spun a single I only card them once so they have a lot of texture. Full of different wools, coltswold locks, bling, sari silk, and camel. I find that my handcarded creations look beautiful when plied with a thread. It lets the yarn blossom and stretch. They are very photogenic in this way.

On Fiber Arts: I have found my medium. It has endless depths and possibilities. I love experimenting with texture and color. Loom, drum carder, acid dye, knitting machine, crochet hook, spinning wheel... the list goes on. The various results are endless. You can create a new piece of artwork every time using different combinations of tools and materials. The deeper you dive into Fiber Arts the more rewarding it becomes.

  Heike Rische/1.14.07

This yarn is called "A Midsummernight's Dream" and it was made from a supersoft 18 micron fine Australian Merino sorted fleece which I also handpainted with nontoxic dyes and mordants. I then spun directly from the dyed fleece without carding it again, so I could control the colour scheme better.

Carding still blends the shades of a multidye chunk a bit further, and I didn't want that for this yarn design. Because Merino fiber blooms a great deal after washing it, it turned into a worsted weight/aran weight yarn, even though I had spun 2 laceweight single yarns from the fleece. Well, the blooming was to be expected, right?

Anyway, this yarn design is one of my absolute favourite yarns I ever made, it sold last May and found a new home in the US.
  Riin Gill, Happy Fuzzy Yarn/1.7.07

I took a 10 week spinning and dyeing class in 1991 because I couldn't really afford to buy yarn (well, decent yarn) so I figured I'd learn how to make my own.

Of course I bought a spinning wheel then. And a drum carder. And a swift. And a lot of other equipment, too numerous to mention. So, did I save money in the long run? I have no idea. And I don't care.

I enjoy dyeing the fiber and spinning the yarn as much as knitting, if not more. I'm a color addict. I'm convinced there is no ugly color. A color may be ugly in isolation, but in combination with the right other colors, it will look great!

  Cathy Wright/12.31.06

Handspun, hand dyed yarns using mostly Blue Faced Leicester wool.
  Ruth Tully/12.24.06
Sheepychic Yarns
Holly Jolly

The inspiration for this yarn is obvious I think...I wanted to make something for Christmas. I have always liked using the brightest of colors...the lime green, pink and red remind me of a candy shoppe. I wanted to go a step farther though, so I made some ornaments for the yarn!

Using Shrinking Plastic material I drew several pretty holiday designs and colored them in. Then into the oven for a few minutes and my little ornaments were done. I tied them onto the yarn with pretty red ribbon and the yarn was complete. Happy Holidays!
  Joy Hayworth /Rindercelly/12.10.06

Mother Earth is 8 different shades of merino wool that I separated and spun so it would create a striping yarn. It took quite a while but the finished product was so worth it!
  Lexi Boeger/Pluckyfluff /11.26.06
Aura ll

This yarn is very lumpy, bumpy and bulky (as thick as your thumb in spots) but suprisingly light for it's size.

It is 3 layers deep: a core of miscellaneous uncarded hand dyed merino and semi-felted wool bubbles, wrapped around this is a very sheer layer of white mohair that creates a glowing aura around the yarn, then wrapped around all that is an irridescent hairlike fiber on black thread with a fan-like shimmering fringe.



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