Yesterday was a disappointing day. My plan had been to drive to the Folk Art Center in Asheville, NC for their annual Fiber Day, and spend the day spinning with the Blue Ridge Spinners. I was all prepared. My wheel was oiled, bobbins cleared, fiber ready to spin. I had a basket packed with my dyed roving, niddy-noddy, ball winder, and camera. I had a bottle of water, my umbrella, and a large plastic bag for my spinning wheel in case I got caught in the rain. I was ready. Unfortunately, my car chose yesterday to be problematic, so I ended up going home. Better to be safe than stranded, I figured.
After I made the mental adjustment of not being able to go, I decided to spend the day doing what I had planned to do anyway, spin. Of the two rovings I painted on Wednesday, I chose the Texel.
Texel is a breed I haven't spun before. It's fibers are about 5 to 6 inches long and it is wonderfully smooth and silky to spin. It has a nice luster. Here is the fruit if yesterday's labors.
This is about half of it. It measures 16 WPI unwashed. Bettina asked if I have plans for it yet and I have to say no, not yet. I think it will depend upon how many yards I end up with. Ordinarily I am a project person rather than a sampler, so I usually do have plans for what I spin. Right now I'm just enjoying the color and will wait to see what inspiration presents itself. It will be fun to think about while I spin the rest.
A Day For Painting Roving - how I painted the roving
Painted Roving Yarn Swatches - how it looks in knitted swatches