These are my breed study sheets so far, February 2018. I plan on doing a lot more with this project, but other projects have taken my attention. I have two new breeds waiting for me to spin them up and a third on order. I am also considering doing a similar project with the artificial ‘vegan’ fibers that I have available to me so that I can get an idea of what they are like spun as a yarn on their own. This may wind up being a lifetime project! YAY!
I am getting myself psyched up for the Paradise Fibers Spin Along for the Olympics as well as Ravelry’s Ravellenics. For the spin along I purchased the Brights package from Paradise Fibers, it contained a rainbow of colors as well as three other shades off of primary, burgundy, a blue, and a fluorescent pink. I didn’t think that these colors would do much but I wanted to card them with some sparkle anyway. I loaded my handcards, and away I went.
I tried going for a bit of a striped effect but soon discovered that I liked how everything looked when it was blended more thoroughly. I decided to create punis from my carding, since they are so much fun to spin, and I really hope that when I spin them they create an amazing tweed effect.
I decided, rather whimsically, to name them “Unicorn Fluff & Faerie Dust”. They have a lot more sparkle to them in person than they do in this photo.
As for the primary colors, I will make that into another post when I have pictures. I am very happy with how that turned out also.
As for the breed study, Heaven Help Me, I’ve decided to get a bit organized with it. I managed to spin and knit 13 different breeds in January. As stated in a previous post, I need to take more time with them. Unfortuantely for my resolve to move onto something different until I find out what my guild is doing, Camaj Fiber Arts is selling Perenale Wool for $1 an ounce as their wool of the month (which might be different by the time you are reading this post). So I have decided to look through the Field Guide to Fleece by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius to see what breeds I’m missing, which I already know are 90+. This should be a blast to work through, and since I have created a spreadsheet I hope to minimize my duplication of effort. In other words, I hope I’m not going to buy a bunch of breeds I’ve already spun, lol. Back to listing breeds. Later this week, or early next, I hope to post pictures of the pages I’ve already finished.
I am having a blast with my breed study. Right now I’ve got one sample blocked, one soaking, and I’m knitting up the last of the breed studies. I’ve got 14 different breeds that I have managed to spin and knit. Some I have managed to crochet, single, double, half double, into samples that are also on the breed study cards. There was an amazing suggestion that I create weaving samples as well. I managed to do so for one of the breeds, at 8epi. I have as much information about how each of the spins were accomplished as I could manage, and I know what I can do differently next time.
The next time I do a breed study, which since my guild is planning on doing some fun spinning event this year might be pretty soon, I know what I can do to improve my spinning. The first change I need to make is the time I spend on the spin. I need to begin to enjoy the spin, working on obtaining a consistent spin and ensuring that I get as much yardage as I can to create samples and discover what I want my yarn to be. I am thinking about utilizing some of the amazing information compiled on each breed then copying that information, with appropriate citations, onto a page placed in the back of each of the breeds I already have present in my study. This would give me an idea about what each breed is good for. I’m enjoying the spinning, enjoying sampling and seeing where things go. I do know that I over-spun the Corriedale at least, but I really enjoy playing with what I’ve spun. It certainly has inspired me to work with some of what I have created.
On a different note, Paradise Fibers has decided to create a Spin Along for the Olympics. They are calling it the Spinlympics, and I plan on joining in. I ordered the Brights pack, since I had a $20 coupon and they were having a 25% off sale I wound up getting the entire thing, shipping included, for $9. The bag that is coming in with the kit is $8 on its own and the sticker would be a dollar as well, so (in my math) the wool, which is amazing, is free, just how I like it! I’m getting my wool tonight so I am working on planning how I want to use the wool. A fun aspect of this is that I am also planning on doing the Ravellenic Winter Games as a fun challenge.