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Tiny skein with small sample of 50/50 yak/silk spinning fiber, all overdyed bronze.Meep! Is the sound made by something really small and painfully cute.

Here are five yards of the silver 50/50 yak/silk that I overdyed in bronze in Judith MacKenzie’s class at Madrona. I couldn’t help myself.

Meep 007The sample is spun worsted, which means with a short, forward draw, or inchworm style.  As the yarn is moved up towards the orifice, you slide your fingers down it, towards your fiber-holding hand, pressing the air out of it.  This makes the yarn denser, sleeker, and more durable. It also maintains the incredible shimmer of the silk.

I have tried spinning this fiber long draw, or woolen, and the result looked like straw, so I knocked off that noise pretty fast.

(My boyfriend calls the first picture “Slab o’bacon.” Mmmmmm….)

17 thoughts on “Meep!

  1. Hi Lou,
    I have always wondered why ” worsted” yarn is called “worsted”?
    BTW what are you going to do with this yarn ?
    I am learning crocheting myself and so am interested in any blog even vaguely connected to yarn.
    Thanks for sharing !


    • Hi! You know, I don’t know why they call it worsted. It’s a good question! I’ll have to snoop about and see if I can find an answer.
      I plan to spin up the rest of the fiber and I’ll likely use it in a weaving project—possibly my final project in my weaving class, if there’s enough of it.
      I know a little bit of crochet, too, and I love it! I’ve knitted lots of things, but my favorite project ever is a crocheted granny square blanket. Nice to meet another textile junkie/nutjob. Have fun!


  2. Ha! Agree on the slab of bacon analogy. Wonderful to see people hold on to this beautiful crafts. Handmade = heirloom.


  3. Wasn’t that what the Roadrunner said – meep, meep!


  4. I have been spinning for a year or so (and have too much yarn!) and have wanted to start overdying but as of right now I haven’t. I look forward to watching your process (plus super jealous you went to Madrona Fiber).


    • If you have too much yarn, I recommend weaving. You’re welcome. (: Yes, I was so happy to be able to go to Madrona this year (for the first time!) and hope I have many more adventures to report.


      • I really want to get a loom (I did try making a Navajo loom last year on the back of a chair but… well there’s probably a reason that people use frames that are bigger than a chair) but currently we live in 152 square feet (two adults and two indoor only cats) so I’m not allowed to get even a little loom. I’m hoping when the weather gets better to make a Navajo loom outside (on the proper scale).


      • Oh and the worst part is that I don’t knit or crochet, truly a fiber fan.
        Although my fiber mill guy only like the milling/dyeing part so I guess I’m not alone in being a part process fiber person.


        • That’s really funny! And interesting. I’m such a textile junkie though, that I’m relieved to hear you at least want a loom. I pretty much think everyone should love and make textiles, and don’t understand why not everybody wants to. Short-sighted and close-minded of me, I know. (:


    • Well, see, you need to start weaving. That’s what everyone told me when I started to feel knee deep in hand spun. Never! I said. I have too many textile interests! Yeah, well. I’m lucky I don’t have a bigger house or there’d be a loom in here too.
      Thanks for sharing that you’re interested in the over-dyeing. I’ll try to get more of it on the blog before long!


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