Month: October 2017

October 2107 Club Reveal – Baba

This month’s colourway is inspired by a photograph I took a very, very long time ago (1996 to be exact!). It was taken shortly after I finished courses in photography and was the first image I chose to enter into a member’s exhibit for a local darkroom gallery show. (Yes, this was taken on black and white film, and I printed the photograph myself in the darkroom!)

This is my Baba. She was a local farm owner in St. Albert, Alberta, where I was born. My parents first met her when they rented a plot from her and they were soon adopted as her “kids”, so when we came along, we quickly became her “grandkids.” This photograph hangs at the top of my stairs and reminds me every day that love is something that is universal and has ripple effects for generations to come.

With the image being black and white, I decided that I would take a departure from colour and celebrate “shades” this month.

Basic club was dyed on BFL, which is one of my all time favourites to spin.

With luxury being dyed on a beautiful blend of Merino and Silk.

I spun both up during Spinzilla week, so there are no bobbin shots this month!

For basic club, I spun each of the rolags in succession and then chain plyed them to keep the colours in order.

For luxury club, I again spun my rolags in succession, but then wound them into a centre pull ball to create a lovely two ply yarn.

I’m pretty pleased with this month’s club… and I can’t wait to share with you what I’ve done for November!

Till next time, Happy Spinning!

September Club Reveal – Crocosmia

In the reveal I did for August’s Club, I talked a little about my excitement at waiting to see what our garden held with each passing season. So when summer was finally in full bloom in our backyard that first year, I was delighted to discover we had a beautiful bunch of Crocosmia growing in one of the beds.

These beautiful red flowers are a favourite for hummingbirds and I love to watch from my kitchen as they float from flower to flower, collecting nectar.

This month, I decided to create a gradient that went from the yellow at the base of the blooms to red at the tops. Basic club was dyed on Corriedale, and luxury on BFL/Silk. The sample I spun up was basic club.

Here are my little bundles… before spinning! (obviously)

And after.

I always find gradients difficult to see in the skein… so here it is opened up.

While yellows and reds are not colours that I am usually drawn to, I’m really happy with how this turned out!

I’ll be back on track with blogging and October club will be posted on Halloween!

Until next time, Happy Spinning!

August Club Reveal – Magnolia

Oh my… I’m a little behind schedule! I do apologize for this. Long story short, I got really sick at the end of August and then got busy with preparations for Knit City and am finally… albeit slowly… getting caught up on all the things that got dropped.

So without further ado, here’s the post about August’s club!

When we first moved to our home almost five years ago, I was so excited. Excited to see what the garden would show us as each new season came and went. We have two beautiful Magnolia trees in our backyard. One blooms in early spring, the other, at the beginning of summer. This is one of the flowers from our summer blooming magnolia tree. It’s very fragrant and I do love to spin outside next to this tree and catch the scent as the breeze drifts through our yard.

This month, I created gradient batts for club. Basic club was 100% Targhee, while Luxury Club was our newest blend of 80% Targhee, 10% Bamboo and 10% Tussah Silk (or TBS, as we affectionately call it behind the scenes!). As it’s such a small content of bamboo, the white streaking isn’t nearly as noticeable as it is in a blend like Panda, which has a 30% bamboo content! In the photo below, basic club is on top and luxury on the bottom.

I decided that since the bases are so similar, it would be fun to spin these two batts in two different ways. I took the TBS batt and pulled it apart, so that it followed the gradient. This is what it looked like when I was done. Just one big long rope of fibre!

I then chain plyed this braid and ended up with this yarn! The heathering from the bamboo is very subtle, as is the sheen from the silk, but it still retains all the bounce of Targhee, which is so very lovely!

For the other batt, I decided to spin it across the top of the batt, working my way from one colour to the next to the next and then back again. This is definitely a more challenging way to spin a batt, as it’s rather large and can be harder to control. I then created this lovely centre pull ball and plied from this.

The result was a rather mixed up, barberpoled skein, but I really like it!

For me, it’s interesting to see these final skeins next to each other and see how the exact same colours can look so different, depending on how you spin them!

I will hopefully have September club up for you tomorrow and then back to our regular schedule of posting on the last day of the month for October! Thank you all for your patience and until next time, happy spinning! ~ Katrina