She seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands. --Proverbs 31:13

5/23/2005

I have a shawl design floating around in my head, and for the last several days I have been working on preparing the fiber for that shawl. I have a group of 4 different fibers that I am going to use, a silk/merino blend( fiber at right below) a white targhee top (left) a camel/silk blend and a silk blend. I am mixing small amounts of different combinations of those 4 fibers, combed or carded, to get different colors and textures.

This is the silk/merino and the targhee after it has been through several passes on the comb and then pulled through a diz.

Below is the waste from the combs (after all, it was perfectly straight, perfectly clean fiber) lightly carded with some brown top.

These are the yarns that I have finished. The plain blue is from the silk/merino. The brown is camel/silk (absolutely the softest stuff, and beautiful) and you can see the smallest skein of a silk that is plyed with more of the silk/merino blend. I am hoping I can get at least 8-10 seperate blends for the finished project, I just have small amounts of fiber. Well, I have a lot of the targhee. But if I only use 4 ounces of fiber total I shouldh ave enough. That is about how much mom's shawl took, so I am not figuring on needing more than that. One last thing, is that my little sister Nikki and my little brother Bruce are graduating high school this week. I just wanted to say Congratulations to them, and tell them I am so proud of them. I know that there are many good things to come from them both!

4 comments:

Jill said...

I really like that yarn, Jan.
Is it very hard to ply the yarn?

e's knitting and spinning blog said...

They look really beautiful! I can't wait to see the shawl!

Jan said...

Jill, plying isn't hard at all. It is just spinning two (or more) singles into a plied yarn. There are several methods of doing this. You can go the traditional route, and spin from two or more storage bobbins. You can spin together the two ends from a single you have made into a ball on the ball winder. You can navajo ply (which I don't really care for) or you can use an andean plying bracelet. I'll show you when I see you in a couple of weeks (!)

Thanks for the kind words about the yarn. I haven't taken a really good picture of it yet. Silk does not photograph well wtih the flash on.

Barbara said...

Gorgeous yarn! Lovely blog.