Chasing the Rainbow and Spinning It

Years ago, when I still had the yarn shop, the lovely Kristine Vejar taught me how to spin on a drop spindle. Mesmerized by the process and Kristine’s splendid teaching technique, a seed was planted that finally germinated in February 2011 when I obtained a spinning wheel from A Verb For Keeping Warm, Kristine’s amazing shop in Oakland, CA. The subsequent year found my life taking a chaotic turn and as a result the spinning languished. Recently I’ve regained my enthusiasm and have been (literally) spinning every day. Once I mastered the short forward draw technique I practiced and practiced until I was able to successfully spin 3-ply and 4-ply sock yarns!

For your viewing pleasure, here we have my first success, a 3-ply sock yarn (light fingering weight) made with a combination of merino top from Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks (colorway: Mary’s) and a solid colored merino/tussah silk top from Opulent Fibers.

My First ‘Real’ Sock Yarn

Close Up of My First Sock Yarn

I purchased the Opulent Fibers solid top from their booth at Stitches West 2012 – they had an AMAZING booth with almost every color one could imagine of dyed top. I obtained the Chasing Rainbows merino top from the Carolina Homespun booth, also at Stitches West 2012 (also an amazing booth).

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About fotoknit

Knitter, spinner, knitwear designer, photographer, blogger, former yarn shop owner.
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One Response to Chasing the Rainbow and Spinning It

  1. AlisonH says:

    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

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