Spinning Art Yarns that is. I just returned from a weekend spinning retreat with Jacey Boggs. She is known for spinning art yarns, and that is what this retreat was about. Manning had asked me why I would want to take this class, since the yarns are really nothing that I use in my own knitting. My response to her was that I am trying to master spinning, and this would improve my skill set. It did. Jacey is a very good technical teacher. At first I was a bit intimidated by the other attendees knowledge, spinning vocabulary, and past works. But, I persevered. I am a fabulous knitter (self-proclaimed of course), and thought that I should be able to get this skill honed also. I was right, and impressed my self with what I was able to accomplish with a few short hours of instruction. While at times it was frustrating for me, I have a successful section of every type of yarn we practiced spinning.
Here are some photos fresh from the retreat. It was a very lively group, with some memorable personalities.
The group, and many of my new friends on Ravelry:
And Jacey teaching. She is very patient, and explains how to accomplish each technique very well:
And from this roving:
I made this and this:
My yarns have all had a hot bath, and are hanging to dry. I will post and explain more about the techniques tomorrow.
Still on the bobbin: