Thursday, March 25, 2010

Teaching and new fiber

This was my week (month?) to write and submit teaching proposals. I'm submitting to a couple of fall fiber festivals, and perhaps to some nearby spinning and weaving guilds. I've decided to 'take the show on the road' once or twice a year and do some 4-hour workshops. Teaching keeps me sharp--I have to be current on my information so I can answer questions that arise, and it also inspires me because students come up with some very interesting ideas for yarn. Once the "What if?" ideas start going around the room, it's just like swimming in the middle of a Think Tank, and I LOVE it! I always go home completely exhausted and yet my mind is churning with yarny possibilities.

I've also listed a new sock fiber. It's a blend of superwash wool, nylon, angelina and CASHMERE. It is sooo yummy to the touch. I would have liked to put more than 15% cashmere in the blend but discovered that anything more than that started to fly around the room while carding and was difficult to spin properly. I was also concerned that the washability would be lost if the cashmere percentage was any higher. There are several other colors in the works--I just have to decide which one will stay home with me (I always keep at least one of my colorways cause I just can't seem to let go of my 'child').

This is Fire.....

and this is Water

And just for the fun of it, a peak at my latest marbled yarn/roving (both are available), Glow.

I just love what I do.......


Maliase said...

Wow! All three of those are really beautiful! *drools*

Doris Sturm said...

Nice to see you again :-) I love those colors! Just wonderful. I especially love the "water" colors...but all of them are fantastic!

I like teaching too. Can't wait to get more crochet/knitting students.
Enjoy your day!
Doris :-)

FeltersJourney said...

Luuurvly fibres & yarn! I really like Glow
Have fun `on the road`