So Jacey has a book called Spin Art, which is just exploding with ideas and photos of beautiful textured yarns she has spun. Bonus! There is a DVD so you can spin along with Jacey! She wears a pinafore! So worth every cent. I do hope she will come to Asheville for a course.
The book is organized into lessons, and I started working my way through those lessons earlier this week. First up--Racing Stripe, whereby you hold a second spun fiber in your drafting hand as you draft and spin a singles yarn. I chose some really pretty ugly merino I plucked out of a length of top I'd dyed. It was hideous and perfect for practicing a new skill. I didn't have high hopes for this practice. I striped it with a lace weight linen Euroflax linen, which I also dyed green. It was gonna be ugly!
Here's what I love about making yarn, though. Through the magic of spinning, these two elements came together into something that is actually pretty beautiful. Look!
The linen gives yarn a nice sheen and a nice drape, and I'm a little sad that Euroflax is discontinuing their lace weight line. Oh well...it was fun while it lasted. For me, there is no end to the yarn fun. I love this job!
By the way, Jacey is teaching a course, a retreat, really, at the John C. Campbell Folk School, way out in Western North Carolina. It's in April. I'm saving my pennies 'cause I really really really want to go.