Learning Something New (Art Yarn) and Favorite Spins of the Year!

This was my first experience with an art bat. I purchased this one from yarnwench on Etsy. It is made of merino wool top, Firestar, Angelina, tussah silk top, silk noil, bamboo, silk threads, and Wensleydale locks. It was a little hard for me at first to let go and be okay with it not being perfect. Once I did that, I had fun spinning it, and I was able to get a quite chunky yarn from a wheel that was not meant for spinning bulky yarn. I have taught myself how to spin over the past six years, so I am in no way an expert. I really love it, and I hope to show others that you don't have to have expensive equipment with all the bells and whistles in order to create quality yarn. 

This fiber was purchased from sdspin on Etsy. This fiber had a particular purpose from the beginning. I bought it to spin for my oldest daughter's birthday. It was lovely to spin, and I was thrilled with the end result. I was able to keep it fairly consistent. There were no nodes or bumps to pull out. Fiber content 90% high-grade synthetic and 10 % soft bamboo. It was spun on my Turkish spindle. I plied it using the Navajo plying technique.

This Targhee, Bamboo, and Silk fiber were purchased from Cedar Grove Ranch on Etsy. I fell in love with the colors of this fiber the moment I saw it. The picture did not disappoint! They were just as beautiful in person. It was a joy to spin. I spun this on my Turkish spindle and Navajo plied it on the spindle as well. This was a Christmas present for daughter number one. She is an amazing knitter and loves the yarn I spin!


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