51 Yarns to Spin Before You Cast Off by Jacey Boggs Faulkner

Before getting into a review, I have to state that this book ROCKS!  So does the contest Jacey Boggs Faulkner is running on Ravelry, Instagram, etc. to give away subscriptions to her magazine Ply.  #PlyMagazine

51 yarns book

Yarn is not nearly as simple as non-crafts-people would have you believe.  “There’s like, bulky, and really tiny, right?” ; “What do you mean linen is from a plant, it’s a cloth right?” ; “Doesn’t that hurt the sheep?” ; etc.  There are plenty of non crafts people that have a clue, so I’m not putting all non crafts people down, just the ignorant ones, lol.  Because of this, for you non crafts people, if you have a SO or loved one that is into any fiber craft, pick up this book so you can start to throw around terms like low-twist singles, coil yarn, or z twist with ease. Or at least have a clue of what they are talking about when they throw those terms around.

For people interested in crafts already, or active crafters this is a great book.  Originally I was going to say, if you like/love/live & breathe spinning then this is a good book for you, but scratch that.  If you have any interest in fiber arts/crafts then this is a great book for you.  I imagine that there are plenty of K&Cs (knitters & crocheters) that see the Koigu yarns (very pretty yarns that seem to come as singles a lot of the time) and have not known that this is only one kind of yarn.  Why should you use 2, 3, or 5 ply yarns?  Why aren’t there many 20 ply yarns?  This is a worsted weight yarn, what do you mean worsted spun?  Etc.  I think that this should be titled 51 Yarns to spin & Knit/Crochet/Weave before you cast off, because I think that any fiber artists would benefit from a deeper understanding of the yarns available for their crafts, how they are constructed, and why they do what they do.

In Short, BUY THIS BOOK!  READ THIS BOOK!

Miscalculation

It turns out that the Spin Along for the Olympics starts on the 15th, whoopsie.  Oh well.  The ravellenics knit along is going strong.  I’m working on my shawl, a little haphazardly but it will get knit.  I recieved my February 2018 Paradise Fibers box of the month and I really enjoyed the challenge.  They decided to advise that we create a crepe yarn from the supplies they gave us.  I decided to go with that choice.  I did change things up a bit, while they advised that we spin from the top, first one shade of blue then the other and ply them together from there I modified things.  I like carding rolags, not sure why I just get a kick out of them, so I carded the two blues together in a striped rolag formation adding sparkle along the way.  I also didn’t use their silk that they provided instead I spun up some of the silk blend I had left-over from december that I tried to dye black.  It wound up grey instead but I really like how the yarn turned out.  I am also pleased that I have some of the silk blend left.

For the technical side.  I spun the silk blend with the wheel going to the right.  Then I spun all of the merino blue rolags with the wheel going to the left.  Then I put the blues into a center pull ball and plied them with the wheel going to the right.  This means that I had a 2 ply yarn and a silk blend singles all from a wheel going to the right.  Then I plied the 2 ply with the single on the wheel going to the left.  This means that some of the ply twist came undone causing the plied yarn to bubble up a bit.

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The effect wasn’t as extreme as I thought it may have been, but truthfully until I work with it I cannot really judge it.  I am not sure if I am going to just use this as an example for my students and swatch the heck out of it. or try and make it into a project.  It might look cool as a woven purse for example.  Who knows.  I’ll post progress on my ravellenics and spin along later this week or next. ‘Til then, Happy Crafting!

Tour De Fleece

I am thinking about joining the Tour De Fleece Group on Ravelry this year, 2017.  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/tour-de-fleece

The Tour de Fleece happens at the same time as the famous ride Tour de France.  In this case it runs from July 1st to 23rd with two days of rest, July 10th and 17th.  In theory this means that I would spin and post my results each of these days.  Since I will be obtaining a WooleeWinder as my Birthday Present, I hope that this goal will not only be attainable but enjoyable.  The WooleeWinder that I obtained to go with my Schacht Ladybug spinning wheel is the Bulky version, in order for this to work properly I also had to obtain the Bulky Orifice.  The purpose of the WooleeWinder is so that I will be able to skip switching hooks while I am filling my bobbin.  The bobbin and flyer will work together to fill the bobbin very evenly.  This will have the added benefit of allowing me to fit more on a bobbin, partially because it will be a larger bobbin, but also because the bobbin will fill evenly eliminating the hills and valleys that are naturally created on a bobbin when using hooks.   Since I have obtained the Bulky Plyer Flyer version I will also be able to create more art-yarns that I have been capable of in the past.  I will  have to see how plarn works on this flyer, right now it gets caught in the hooks!

In case you could not tell, I am very excited about this new accessory.  Perhaps I will participate in the Tour De Fleece just so I can show it off, LOL.

Happy Crafting

First Completed Project

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Remember my first attempts at plying yarn?  Well I decided to crochet them into this bracelet.  The orange thread used to sew on the button was not made by me, but the rest of the yarn was.  I managed to use a ‘flaw’ in my plying to create the clasp.  I have fat wrists so I am not going to show this on a wrist, but it fits beautifully and is so deliciously soft!  I plan on wearing it everywhere!  Yay!