I’m totally debating about what to contribute to the Fiber Arts Friday Blog Carnival this week. I’ve got two fibery projects I could show off in this post, and I cannot decide which one! I don’t want to be a bore and showcase my spinning every single week, but it is something I do every week and love. OK, I’ve made my decision… I’ll blog about these projects in the order they were finished, which means, handspun first! I do have a sewing/needle felting project to write about, but I’ll save it for another post.

tweed yarn skeins

I loved spinning this yarn. Unfortunately I had a piece of hardware break on my wheel right in the middle of the project, the fixing of which was put on hold for our move, so it took me much longer to finish this 8oz project than it should have, particularly if you consider how much I was enjoying it. Normally when I have a fun new spinning project, it’s like a bee in my bonnet to get it finished, and you won’t find me anywhere but the wheel!

tweed yarn strands

I got this fiber at the Wisconsin State Fair, from a booth that was selling all local yarn, fiber, and other wool products like blankets and knitted or felted mittens, hats, etc. The products came from a variety of Wisconsin farmers, but this spinning fiber was from The Shepherd’s Purse. One of the reasons I liked this project so much was how “close to the farm” the fibers are. Everything was hand-processed, leaving the natural lanolin (and some burrs and hay!) still in the product. I particularly like the way the color is a natural blend of sheep colors… there’s brown, gray and cream, and them being carded together (as opposed to any dye process) is what makes that delightful heathered shade.

tweed yarn skein + strands

And then there are the multicolor silk bits, which were carded in as well. In my opinion, that’s what really make these finished skeins of yarn fun! The silk is in every color of the rainbow, which were randomly distributed across the fiber, so it was always a surprise to see how it would spin up. I love the resulting yarn, too. Between the heathered shades of natural wool and the blips of brightly colored silk, I’ve been calling this yarn a “true” tweed. It looks just like those fancy yarns from Rowan and Debbie Bliss! But, you know, totally local, organic, and handmade. ;-)

tweed yarn closeup

Even though I love it so much, I put this yarn in my Etsy shop. Because I don’t have a project idea immediately in mind for it, I figured I would give someone else a chance to give it a loving home! If I think of something to knit with it before it sells, I can always yank it and horde it all for myself. More importantly, I know where to get more of this fiber! So I can always go through the delight of spinning it again if I need a fix.