Wednesday, March 07, 2007

A Suitcase Full of Fiber

If you are ever in the Salt Lake City area, you really need to stop by Three Wishes Fiber Arts in West Jordan. It's one of the best yarn/fiber stores I've been to (and I've been to many). It caters to knitters, spinners and weavers. Something for everyone.

I met Margene there on Monday and she helped me select some beautiful rovings for spinning. She encouraged me to get a variety of fiber types. My fiber stash is growing by leaps and bounds.

Snake River Fiberworks
Blue Faced Leicester
Autumn Leaves
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This roving was dyed by Kate Robertson of Idaho Falls, Idaho. The colors are bright and vibrant just like the reds and oranges of the fall leaves in New England. I know several bloggers that spin this wool for socks. It's usually referred to as BFL and until now I never knew that meant Blue Faced Leicester. I'm such a newbie!


Wasatch Watercolours
Fine Range Wools

Fish Lake

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This roving is dyed locally by Judy Ede Jackson of West Jordan. It ranges from light blue-green to deep indigo. The wool is soft--a little like Merino. When I saw the name of the color, I couldn't pass it up, being that my husband is such a fishing fanatic.


Wasatch Watercolours

Corrie X

Wild Child
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The colors in this one are burgundy, violet and browns. It's all over the place and should be fun. I can't imagine how it will look when spun. What looks wild now may become very subtle. I'm assuming that Corrie X means it's from a Corriedale Cross. If that's not right, let me know.

Alta Mist Alpacas
Alpaca
Pizzaz

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Janet Otterness is responsible for this beauty. Her farm is in Herriman, Utah. I see from her website that visits to the farm can be arranged by appointment. I would love to do that on one of our trips. This fiber is going into the "save" portion of my stash. Before I spin it, I want to be more experienced, so that I can do it justice.


All of these fibers weigh about 4 ounces. I think that's a good amount to practice with and enough for a small project.

I learned from Margene about a fiber of the month club she joined called Spunky Fiber Club. For $15 (includes shipping) you receive a different fiber in a different colorway each month. The fibers will vary from wool to alpaca and silk and some blends. Most amounts will be 4 ounces. It depends on the type of fiber though. I'm really interested in this. What do you think, John?

15 comments:

  1. Well, you know I'm all for that! You really did get a good variety. Enjoy spinning it!

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  2. The fibers are beautiful, Tracey. You are going to have so much fun spinning all that. Can't wait to see what they look like when you're finished with them!

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  3. What beautiful colors. Can't wait to see how this spins out. Love the colors in Pizzaz. Guess it's a good thing these stores aren't close to Needville.
    Linda

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  4. they are all lovely! i think the wasatch watercolors is my fave though. can't wait to see some of these beauties spun up ;o)

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  5. All your fiber is beautiful. I look forward to seeing your spun yarn.

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  6. I'm not a spinner, but I love BFL. I can't wait to see how your fiber spins up!

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  7. Marcia7:38 AM

    I see my friend, Margene, is "passing it forward"! She claims me as her personal "enabler". She bought my Lendrum wheel and brought it back with her from Rhinebeck last fall! Welcome to the Dark Side. (Isn't Three Wishes just terrific? We paid a very expensive visit there last spring when visiting our son in Park City.)

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  8. Oh, Tracy! What gorgeous colors! Aren't you going to have a great time spinning all that - what a lot of fun you'll have. Can't wait to see the results.

    I feel wistful reading about the warming days in Texas. I always remember that in Dallas, the week of St. Patrick's Day was always the week that all the leaves popped out on the trees (except for pecan trees, which came a bit later). And it was always the week I could get outside and plant spring pansies, petunias, dianthus and ornamental cabbage. Sigh. Well, at least all the snow here in New York is pretty!

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  9. Anonymous10:10 AM

    Hi there, I am so glad you like my stuff. :>) Oh, Kate is in Idaho rather than Indiana. lol Janet will be tickled that you scored some of her alpaca. it's gorgeous and fun to spin. Enjoy!!

    Judy

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  10. Judy,

    Thanks for the correction. That's what I get for not wearing my reading glasses. I could have sworn the label said Idaho Falls, IN instead of ID. Thought that sounded wrong, but went with it. I'll go back and correct my mistake.

    Tracy

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  11. The fibers look lovely. I look forward to seeing how they spin up. It's amazing how much different the yarns can look from the rovings.

    The knitting you have done while I was MIA is all lovely! The washcloth and soap sack set is an especially lovely pattern. The bunny is adorable!

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  12. The roving looks so nice. I haven't done any spinning in months. I really need to finish the ball I have in a bag right now. You are going to love doing all the different colors of roving. It's so neat to see how they look differnt spun as opposed to just the roving. Nice stuff. Be sure and show us the before and after pictures.

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  13. What beautiful colors!

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  14. Lovely roving!! I Can't wait to see what you do with it!

    I've got a 1/2lb of BFL that came with my spinning wheel that I have yet to spin up. I was hearing all this great stuff about BFL and thinking I should get some sometime when one day I went to organize my fiber&yarn stash, lo and behold "that bag off cream colored stuff I want to dye sometime" that's been floating around my stash since I bought my wheel just happens to say "Blue Faced Leicester" on it!

    You'll have to be sure and tell us how you like spinning with the BFL

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  15. That alpaca fiber is gorgeous! I can understand why you want to wait to spin it.

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~Tracy