Monday, September 21, 2015

Spinning: goldenrod/black walnut and local fiber.

I wanted to share some spinning I've finished lately. I had two ounces of BFL that I naturally dyed with goldenrod, and another two ounces dyed with black walnut. So I combined those four ounces into this yarn.

It's spun fractal style, so there are sections of solid brown and solid yellow, and a lot of sections where those two colors are together. I wasn't really sure how the yellow and brown would look together, but I'm pretty happy with it! It's approx. DK weight and ended up being 150 yards. This yarn will be going in the Etsy shop as soon as I can get some better pictures of it. :)

This is some dark brown (natural colored) wool that I spun, and the exciting thing is that the fiber is local! It came from less than an hour from my house, and I know the ladies who own the sheep. :) This particular sheep was a Finn and Jacob cross...I've spun Finn fiber before, and I have some Jacob roving but I haven't spun it yet.

I wanted to try something different with this fiber, so I attempted to spin it woolen style. (I've only tried that once before, and I don't think I was doing long draw properly, so I'm considering this my first woolen spin.) It's so different from my usual yarn! Very lofty and fuzzy and surprisingly soft, though the yarn is rather "rustic" because I'm not consistent with woolen spinning yet. I feel like it was the perfect way to spin this fiber. And the fiber went so much further! It was a bit over 4 ounces, but I somehow ended up with 174 yards of aran weight yarn. There was so much yarn that it almost filled up two bobbins, and when plying I had to split it up into two skeins (the third one is the Andean-plied leftovers).

I'll be keeping this yarn for myself. It's not the prettiest yarn I've ever spun, but it's so satisfying to spin with fiber that was not only American wool, but wool from so close to home. :)


  1. I love the gold and brown combination! The wool looks great, too, and it's neat you were able to buy the wool locally. :)

    1. Thanks! One of the good things about natural dyes is that they never really clash with each other. :) I know, it's got me even more excited about local wool!


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